Prolific Superman writer and artist Dan Jurgens will end his current run on Action Comics with the Action Comics Special #1, scheduled for release on May 2. The story is titled “The Last Will and Testament of Lex Luthor,” and as the title implies, teases the possible death of the iconic antagonist.
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“The Last Will and Testament of Lex Luthor” is written by Jurgens and illustrated by Will Conrad. Here’s DC Comics’ official description:
Beginning with the events of Rebirth, Superman’s greatest enemy became his most unexpected ally. Is Lex finally on the heroic path, or is he still hiding his true colors? When he finds himself in an adventure where Superman could be destroyed, what will he do? Save the Man of Steel, or witness his demise at the hands of an unimaginable enemy?
The 48-page Action Comics Special will also include stories by Max Landis & Francis Manapul and Mark Russell & Jill Thompson. The Landis & Manapul story was originally slated to run in the DC Universe Holiday Special 2017. Around the time of that comic’s release, sexual misconduct allegations against Landis surfaced, leading to speculation that the story was pulled because of the accusations, though no official statement was made by DC.
Jurgens has long been associated with Superman, having written and/or illustrated many famous stories starring the Man of Steel, most notably 1992’s “Death of Superman.” His current Action Comics run has had a heavy focus on Lex Luthor, and also a recent guest appearance from one of Jurgens’ most beloved creations, Booster Gold.
Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s Superman run is also set to end in May, with the Superman Special one-shot headlined by a Dinosaur Island story titled “The Promise.” Writer Brian Michael Bendis is slated to take over both Superman and Action Comics in July, following the six-issue weekly Man of Steel miniseries.