No matter your thoughts about the individual CW “Arrowverse” shows, there’s no denying they haven’t been incredibly successful. Since Arrow debuted in 2012, the universe has gone from fairly grounded street-level stories to multiverse-spanning epics, time-travel antics, and a fluffy stuffed animal that spent some time as an avatar of power.
It was weird.
Personally, I find that Stargirl and Superman & Lois are some of the best comic-inspired material around, full-stop, and can still find some enjoyment with The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and other offerings.
It’s a wonder, then, that these shows haven’t had more crossover appeal, especially with tie-in comics. There have been some one-shots, yeah, and a whole Crisis on Infinite Earths special that ran in those Walmart Giants books a few years ago, but the presence of these specific takes on these specific characters on the printed page has been few and far between.
I suppose that’s why DC have announced a new Earth-Prime miniseries, then, which also seems to be taking the place of the annual crossover epic that would typically run through each show every year. The six-part series will begin in April, and each issue will be devoted to a different show on the CW slate, with the first two issues focusing on Batwoman and Superman & Lois, respectively. Writers from each series will plot and script the issues, and in the case of Superman & Lois’ entry we’ll get some interior art from legends Tom Grummett and Norm Rapmund.
Which is really everything I want in a comic book, if you know me at all.
Check out the details about the event and the first two issues below, along with a look at Kim Jacinto’s cover for issue #2.
EARTH-PRIME Brings the Super Heroes of The CW’s Hit TV Shows to Comic Books!
EARTH-PRIME #1, Featuring The CW’s Batwoman, in Comic Book Shops and Digital Platforms April 5
EARTH-PRIME #2, Featuring The CW’s Superman & Lois, in Comic Book Shops and Digital Platforms April 19
The creative minds behind The CW’s hottest DC super hero shows are bringing their talents and the characters they’ve made so popular to comic books in a can’t-miss comic book event!
EARTH-PRIME is a three-month, six-issue event set entirely in the universe of DC’s popular super hero TV shows. All issues are part of the Warner Bros. Television show canon, approved by CW television show producers. Each of the first five issues spotlights a different CW/DC super hero show, with the
sixth issue serving as a cross-over finale.
EARTH-PRIME #1 (The CW’s Batwoman)
Ryan Wilder, aka Batwoman, makes her costumed comic book debut in a story co-written by series
writers Natalie Abrams and Kelley Larson, plus series cast member Camrus Johnson (Luke Fox/Batwing),
with art by Clayton Henry.
Ever since the tech that created many of Batman’s rogues hit the streets, Ryan Wilder has been running herself ragged trying to contain the new villains popping up around Gotham City. But when Clayface’s (making his CW debut) mud binds itself to a local high schooler, Batwoman will need help from an unexpected source to contain this muddy foe! Also, follow how Luke Fox balances his life as a super hero and a boyfriend!
EARTH-PRIME #2 (The CW’s Superman & Lois)
Superman & Lois series writers Adam Mallinger, Jai Jamison and Andrew Wong join DC fan-favorite artists Tom Grummett and Norm Rapmund in a story spotlighting Clark Kent and Lois Lane’s first anniversary. Trying to celebrate their marital bliss is never easy when you’re a super hero husband and news reporter wife; especially when world-saving and creating hard-hitting stories continue to spoil your plans! Plus, the true origins of the evil Superman from John Henry Irons’ world are finally revealed!
Both issues feature cover art by Kim Jacinto and will feature photo variant covers based on each individual show. Subsequent issues will spotlight The CW television shows DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, DC’s Stargirl and The Flash, all written or co-written by creative talent from the shows. Each issue will also include bonus material created by cast members of The CW shows, as well as “teasers” that will provide clues to the nature of the final crossover in issue #6.
Batwoman airs Wednesdays at 9/8c and Superman & Lois airs Tuesdays at 8/7c – both on The CW.
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Earth-Prime kicks off on April 5. More details as we hear them here at Batman News.