It’s that point of right here – large summer season superhero occasion announcement season. We have your Judgement Day at Marvel, your Flashpoint Beyond at DC… however for followers of the unique superhero comics crossover occasions, they lack a sure nostalgic high quality … you realize, from the ’80s. Well, now somebody is filling that void with The Wrong Earth: Purple.
Spinning out of the meta multiversal creator-owned sequence The Wrong Earth by Tom Peyer and Jamal Igle, the May one-shot The Wrong Earth: Purple by Stuart Moore and Fred Harper takes the franchise’s Batman-esque hero Dragon-Fly and drenches him in ’80s nostalgia.
“The Wrong Earth: Purple is Fred’s and my love letter to the ’80s,” Moore tells Newsarama. “That decade wasn’t just big hair, shoulder pads, and George Michael music – it was a dark time of angel dust, Wall Street greed, and bloodthirsty vigilantes. It also saw the birth of modern comics and the modern superhero movie, which made it the perfect setting for our very own, rubber-suited Dragon-Fly. So close your eyes, let that sax solo wash over you, and repeat after me: You belong to the city. You belong to the night…”
The Wrong Earth: Purple #1 will introduce an ’80s-themed alt-universe known as Earth-Kappa, which writer AHOY Comics calls “a dark but glossy world of big hair, shoulder pads, Wall Street traders, rubber super-suits, and funk music.”
Speaking of rubber super-suits, take a look at this The Wrong Earth: Purple variant cowl by Jerry Ordway, an homage to his personal cowl to the Batman 1989 Movie Adaptation.
The Wrong Earth: Purple is a component of a bigger sequence of one-shots coming this spring that includes distinctive spins on The Wrong Earth sequence. There’s the Archie-inspired The Wrong Earth: Trapped on Teen Planet, a beefy The Wrong Earth: Meat, a sidekick switcheroo in The Wrong Earth: Confidence Men, and the heady money-centric The Wrong Earth: Fame & Fortune.
“Words will be written, words will be deleted, and nothing will ever be the same,” says The Wrong Earth co-creator (and AHOY Comics editor-in-chief) Tom Peyer within the occasion’s announcement. “This is Crisis on Infinite Earths, minus the line-wide penalties that made it fascinating. This is Secret Wars with out toys. This is the type of epic, superheroic storytelling that publishers and CFOs love, the place the tail of wealth-enhancing variant covers wags the canine of artwork.”
Nostalgia plus some sardonic satire, that is what this The Wrong Earth is about.
The Wrong Earth: Purple goes on sale May 18.
Both Marvel and DC have had their fair proportion of memorable superhero occasions.