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Epic ‘Kal-El Returns’ Superman crossover spins out of ‘Warworld Saga’ finale for new era of Superman

‘Kal-El Returns’ to follow ‘Warworld Saga’ leading to landmark ‘Action Comics’ #1050 and return of Metallo!

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DC Comics has announced a new Superman crossover event that wraps up Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s “Warworld Saga” and promises to send Kal-El back to Earth. The epic conclusion kicks off with Superman: Warworld Apocalypse #1 out on August 30th. The one-shot is by Johnson and Brandon Peterson & Will Conrad.

Following that one-shot, Superman will return to Earth in a six-part crossover Kal-El Returns with Superman: Son of Kal-El by Tom Taylor. The crossover event will take place over Action Comics #1047-1049 and Superman: Son of Kal-El #16-18.

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Superman: Warworld Apocalypse is everything we’ve been building to with the Warworld Saga, with the final battle between Superman and Mongul, between the Authority and the Unmade, and the long-awaited reveal of the real mastermind in the shadows,” said Johnson. “There are some frankly shocking moments in this issue, and some huge reveals that will have long-lasting repercussions in the DC Universe.”

Check out the official solicit for Superman: Warworld Apocalypse #1 below

It has all led to this: the final battle between Superman and Mongul, and between the Authority and Mongul’s Unmade Champions! The identity of the hooded stranger has been revealed, uncovering a shocking betrayal that threatens to crush Superman’s rebellion forever! But as the fate of Warworld relies on Superman, the last chance to return his powers now lies with Natasha and John Henry Irons. From the visionary creative team of Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Brandon Peterson, and Will Conrad, empires fall and rise and the fourth world is reborn in this jaw-dropping final chapter!

Check out covers by Brandon Peterson and Will Conrad, Steve Beach, Mario Foccillo, Mikel Janin, and Steve Beach.

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Next up, check out the covers of Action Comics #1047 by Steve Beach, Nathan Szerdy, Lucio Parrillo, and Leirix.

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Action Comics #1047: Kal-El Returns is nothing less than the beginning of a NEW ERA for Superman,” added Johnson. “After the events of the Warworld Saga, Superman has returned to Earth with new allies but Lex Luthor has his own plans for Metropolis after he sees a great opportunity in the fall of Warworld.  Plans that involve the return of one of Superman’s most classic villains, METALLO.”

For more on this news, read the official press release below.

The moment that Superman fans have been waiting for is almost here. Witness the Warworld Saga’s epic conclusion featuring battles between Superman & Mongul and the Authority & Mongul’s Unmade Champions in the pages of Superman: Warworld Apocalypse #1 one-shot from Phillip Kennedy Johnson with art by Brandon Peterson & Will Conrad. Superman: Warworld Apocalypse #1 will be available digitally and at local comic shops on August 30, 2022.

Following the events of Superman: Warworld Apocalypse #1, Superman will return to Earth in a six-part crossover, Kal-El Returns, with Superman: Son of Kal-El from writer Tom Taylor. Kal-El Returns will lead up to the landmark 1050th issue of Action Comics and takes place in the pages of Action Comics #1047-1049 and Superman: Son of Kal-El #16-18.

“Superman: Warworld Apocalypse is everything we’ve been building to with the Warworld Saga, with the final battle between Superman and Mongul, between the Authority and the Unmade, and the long-awaited reveal of the real mastermind in the shadows,” said Johnson. “There are some frankly shocking moments in this issue, and some huge reveals that will have long-lasting repercussions in the DC Universe.”

It has all led to this: the final battle between Superman and Mongul, and between the Authority and Mongul’s Unmade Champions! The identity of the hooded stranger has been revealed, uncovering a shocking betrayal that threatens to crush Superman’s rebellion forever! But as the fate of Warworld relies on Superman, the last chance to return his powers now lies with Natasha and John Henry Irons. From the visionary creative team of Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Brandon Peterson, and Will Conrad, empires fall and rise and the fourth world is reborn in this jaw-dropping final chapter!

Superman: Warworld Apocalypse #1

Written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON

Art by BRANDON PETERSON and WILL CONRAD

Cover by STEVE BEACH

Variant cover by MARIO “FOX” FOCCILLO

1:25 foil variant cover by MIKEL JANÍN

Distressed variant cover by STEVE BEACH

$6.99 US | 56 pages | One-shot | Variant $7.99 US (card stock)

ON SALE 8/30/22

Action Comics #1047: Kal-El Returns is nothing less than the beginning of a NEW ERA for Superman,” added Johnson. “After the events of the Warworld Saga, Superman has returned to Earth with new allies but Lex Luthor has his own plans for Metropolis after he sees a great opportunity in the fall of Warworld.  Plans that involve the return of one of Superman’s most classic villains, METALLO.”

In the aftermath of Superman’s epic Warworld Revolution, the Man of Steel is back on Earth and stronger than he’s ever been! As he and Steel join forces to remake Metropolis as a true City of Tomorrow, two of Superman’s most iconic villains take notice…and they have plans of their own. Meanwhile, Superman’s meddling on Warworld has had unforeseen consequences: he’s awakened an enemy so ancient and powerful, even this stronger-than-ever Superman will need the whole Super-Family to face it. Introducing new characters and beginning this new chapter in Superman’s mythology, don’t miss the kickoff to the countdown to Action Comics #1050!

“What we did for Mongul with the Warworld Saga, we’re doing for Metallo in Kal-El Returns,” continued Johnson. “Metallo might be my favorite Superman villain, and I think he’s often overlooked in lieu of the more god-like characters like Mongul or Darkseid. There’s a really scary, complex, interesting version of him I’ve been wanting to show readers for a long time. His origins, his motivations, and his power set are all overdue for a deep-dive refresh, and we’re ready to give readers a Metallo worthy of Superman. Stay tuned for the strongest and scariest Metallo you’ve ever seen.”

ACTION COMICS #1047

Written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON

Art by TO BE ANNOUNCED

Backup by DAVID LAPHAM

Cover by STEVE BEACH

Variant cover by NATHAN SZERDY

1:25 variant cover by LUCIO PARRILLO

Harley Quinn 30th Anniversary variant cover by LEIRIX

$4.99 US | 40 pages | Variant $5.99 US (card stock) ON SALE 9/27/22

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