Thursday during the “Explore the DC Multiverse” panel at New York Comic Con, DC announced the first event of 2023: Lazarus Planet. Spinning out of Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar’s Batman vs. Robin #4 in December, Lazarus Planet will reveal what happens when the Lazarus Volcano erupts, transforming the world’s population with its deadly chemicals. The heroes of the DC Universe are not spared from the volcano’s metamorphic effects as their powers change and grow. With the Hall of Justice in ruins, Damian Wayne puts out a distress call for any heroes who might still answer, but will it be enough?
We don’t know many details yet, but DC has teased a number of questions that Lazarus Planet promises to answer:
- Can Power Girl free herself from the out-of-control Omen?
- Who are the mysterious trio claiming to be resurrected siblings of Raven?
- Will Dreamer’s visions guide our heroes to the path of victory?
- Can Mercy Graves survive the transformation she’s undergone?
- Will Martian Manhunter survive a psychic link to a Doomsday nest?
- Can new hero City Boy hope to commune with Gotham in time to save it?
- How far would the Question go to chase a lead across a transformed Gotham City?
- Will the flame of Firestorm burn out yet another horrific host?
- And what does DC’s Monkey Prince have to do with all of this?
The event’s showrunner will be Waid himself, joined by Riccardo Federici, Gene Luen Yang, Billy Tan, Nicole Maines, Skylar Patridge, Francis Manapul, Dan Watters, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Josie Campbell, and more. Specific creative teams will be revealed in coming months.
Lazarus Planet will release weekly as a series of one-shots beginning January 10th:
- Lazarus Planet: Alpha (1/10)
- Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton (1/17)
- Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods (1/24)
- Lazarus Planet: Legends Reborn (1/31)
- Lazarus Planet: Next Evolution (2/7)
- Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate (2/14)
- Lazarus Planet: Omega (2/21)