CBR has an exclusive preview of Future State: Superman: Worlds of War # 2, along with an exclusive interview with writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson.
DC’s Future State event has pulled Superman out of his comfort zone by relocating the Man of Steel to Warworld, the gladiator pits run by Mongul. Although he may have left Earth, Superman has still made a lasting impression on humanity, while also having a profound impact on him.
CBR has an exclusive preview of Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Mikel Janín, Jordie Bellaire and Dave Sharpe’s Future State: Superman: Worlds of War # 2, who finds a girl telling how an article by Clark Kent saved her life. The Daily Planet segment features Kent sharing the story of how an African American turned his back on a life as a pianist to fight for people who would never know his name.
Johnson also spoke with CBR about the inspiration behind linking this heartwarming story to Superman’s plight in Worlds of waras well as what Future state Easter eggs you have planted for your next races Superman Y Action comics during DC’s Infinite Frontier era.
FUTURE STATE: SUPERMAN: WORLDS OF WAR # 2
- “Superman: Worlds of War” written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
- Art from “Superman: Worlds of War” by MIKEL JANíN
- “Midnighter” written by MICHAEL W. CONRAD and BECKY CLOONAN
- GLEB MELNIKOV Art “Midnighter”
- “Black Racer” written by JEREMY ADAMS
- Art “Black Racer” by SIYA OUM
- “Mister Miracle” written by BRANDON EASTON
- Art “Mister Miracle” by VALENTINE DE LANDRO
- cover of MIKEL JANÍN
- Cardboard variant cover by RICCARDO FEDERICI
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- Meet the rising champion of the gladiator pits from Warworld: Superman! The Man of Steel is still in the pits fighting the Mongul hordes and making his way to the big boss. But since he’s Superman, there has to be more to this than just determination to win the title, right? Yes, because he also has Midnighter on a mission to hunt down a dangerous new energy source … but the man who stands in his way is all too familiar.
- Also, Black Racer makes his way to freedom, and Mister Miracle, now trapped in Warworld, has to find his way back to the bottle city of Metropolis, and his only means of transportation is a damaged Boom Tube!
CBR: Considering these turbulent times that we live in, the story of Edgar Watters is important. What inspired you to link Watters’ story to Clark Kent’s current environment in Superman: Worlds of War?
Phillip Kennedy Johnson: In Worlds of war Y House of ElI wanted to give readers an idea of my vision for Superman, a “mission statement” on who Superman is and should be. In Worlds of war # 1, we see the memories of the people and the legends of Superman that represent what he means to us … stories that illustrate how and why he inspires us, even after he’s gone. Worlds of war # 2 is about what WE mean to HIM. Through the story of Edgar Watters, we will see that humanity always inspired Superman as much as us, which is something I have always believed about Superman. He sees the best in us even when he shows us the way, and Edgar Watters represents his “proof” that we are capable of great things when we ask.
Edgar Watters’ character was inspired by the lives of various real people, some famous, some anonymous, who I believe represent the best of humanity in the same way that Superman does. Superman’s powers come from Krypton, but he found his will, his humility, and his compassion for others on Earth, and THOSE are the qualities that make him Superman. Superman: Worlds of War It illustrates that there are true Supermen in the world, some defined not by their powers, but by who they aspire to be and the great things they set out to achieve.
Are there Easter eggs in your Future State titles that fans should be aware of in your next run in Superman Y Action comics in March?
Yes! Although all Future State stories are speculative and should not be considered “promises” about what will happen in future DC continuity, most, if not all, have connections to upcoming events. In addition to establishing my philosophy on who Superman is, the emphasis on world building, and the epic tone and scale of the books, my Future State titles also offer a wealth of information on where superbooks are headed. My first long-form bow in Action comics is titled “Warworld Rising”, which obviously has a lot to do with our Superman: Worlds of War history. Y Superman: House of Him it’s pretty much NOTHING MORE THAN Easter Eggs, both for other Future State titles and for literally everything I’ve planned for next year and beyond. We’re playing the long game with him Superman titles for the foreseeable future, and the Future state: Superman titles are an important part of that.
I hope readers are a little more excited about these books than I am. My esteemed colleagues and I are creating the most epic Superman stories we can imagine, and while it all starts HIGH GEAR in March and April, you don’t have to wait for those troubles to begin – events are already in motion. with Future State.
Future State: Superman: Worlds of War # 2 goes on sale February 16 from DC.
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