Exclusive Preview: A Major Twist Awaits In Superman’s 800th Issue

While many of you are understandably counting down to next spring’s release of Action Comics #1000, it’s important that we not overlook the fact that the Man of Steel will reach another milestone in the comic book world very shortly.

You see, next week, the 800th issue of Superman is scheduled to hit stands, and that’s most assuredly something no DC fan should want to pass up. Yes, it’s technically being labeled as Superman #34, but that’s because the publisher is sticking to the numbering with which they begun at the start of the Rebirth era, which makes sense. Basically, this is a situation similar to when they shipped Detective Comics #19 back in the days of the New 52 but still celebrated that as being the 900th issue.

Now that we’ve cleared up that, let’s talk about the content itself. As it turns out, this installment continues the “Imperius Lex” storyline, something series writers Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason have been subtly building to for nearly a year and a half.

As you may recall, there’s been this whole deal of Lex Luthor being the prophesied successor to Darkseid, a thread that’s been left hanging since Geoff Johns’ time on Justice League. Well, in the gallery above, we learn the full breadth of that very prophecy – and, in fact, it’s actually Kal-El himself that fits the bill, not Lex. And if such a huge twist is being disclosed in this preview, we can’t imagine what else awaits in the remainder of the issue.

For more, be sure to check out the official synopsis:

“IMPERIUS LEX” part two! As the conflict continues, Superman teams with Lex Luthor to bring peace to a leaderless and warring Apokolips as a new warrior enters the battlefield: Lois Lane, female fury. May Granny Goodness have mercy on all their souls…

Superman #34 arrives in comic shops next Wednesday, November 1.


Writers: Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Artists: Ed Benes, Doug Mahnke and Jack Herbert
Cover: Patrick Gleason
Variant Cover: Tony S. Daniel