The GeeksverseThe Change In Superman #712

The Change In Superman #712
Published on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 by

Originally solicitated with a tale about a muslim superhero in LA named Sharif, as well as being part of the “Grounded” storyline, fans were shocked to see something completely different in today’s issue of Superman #712.

The story that appeared in today’s issue of Superman was originally written by Kurt Busiek, with art by Rick Leonardi, at the end of his run on the book back around 2007. The story stars Krypto The Superdog and is set shortly after Infinite Crisis and the death of Superboy.

DC’s Direct Channel e-mail newsletters to retailers told them of the change.

Please note the new contents for SUPERMAN #712, now written by Kurt Busiek with art by Rick Leonardi, a cover by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino and a variant cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau.

This fill in issue contains a lost classic, Lost Boy: A Tale of Krypto the

Superdog, set shortly after Superboy died in Infinite Crisis and Superman went missing.

DC Comics determined that the previously solicited story did not work within the “Grounded” storyline. However, Chris Roberson, will be back for the final two issues of Superman’s year long walk across America. As we near the conclusion, catch up with Superman next month as he makes stops in Portland and Newberg, OR. SUPERMAN #712 is scheduled to arrive in stores on June 22.

Because of this change, this issue will be made returnable at a later date.

The publisher has been quoted as saying that writer Chris Roberson will finish up the Grounded storyline in time for the company wide relaunch of the DCU in September.

Roberson told newsite ComicsAlliance that:

As much as I look forward to seeing an unpublished Kurt Busiek Superman story, it’s a shame that DC didn’t determine that the story we prepared for Superman 712 didn’t work in the Grounded storyline in time for us to do a different story. As it happened, the Sharif story was included in the outline for the remaining issues of Grounded that I submitted in November. The outline was approved, and in February the issue synopsis that I provided was used to draft the solicitation text, to work up character designs for Sharif (the grown up version of Sinbad from the early 90s), and for cover art to be pencilled, inked, and colored. The script for the issue was accepted in April, and was drawn, inked, and lettered. Unfortunately, when the issue was ready to be sent to the printer in the third week of May I was informed that the decision had been made not to print it.

The new issue will run with cover by Carlos Pacheco w/ Jesus Merino and a variant by Stanley “artgerm” Lau. The original story had a cover by John Cassaday and a variant by George Perez, who commited on the incident on his facebook page.

The New Cover

The Original Cover

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