CBR talked to Scott Snyder about Batman “Zero Year” and Superman:Unchained. During the interview Scott described the origin of Wraith, the “Superman” of 1938. There are some SPOILERS below for issue #3.
Our story, to boil it down and spoil it in some ways, is about Superman being this hero that we all look up to, and yet, being accused and challenged in a way that he hasn’t been yet. I really wanted it to be the story where if I told one Superman story, this would be it and to take him apart, really rip him apart. First, I want to show you how powerful and big he is, that way where he’s the greatest hero in the world; this God on Earth. Then, in issue #3, we just dismantle him and have it where he faces off against this guy Wraith. The idea behind Wraith is that in 1938, a bunch of scientists with the military when the world was on the brink of war sent a mathematical equation into space. The mathematical equation added up to more than it was supposed to. It was supposed to be, “Help us be better. Send something to us to help us stop the world from becoming this awful, war-torn place.” Eleven seconds after they sent it off, this ship lands, in the year that “Superman” was first published. This guy is from a different galaxy, he’s not from Krypton, but his physiology is similar to Superman’s. In #3, Superman goes up against him for the first time, and Superman just gets owned. Jim was like, “How about if he bicycle kicks him across Utah?” We got a Google map satellite and you see him [get bicycle kicked across Utah.
I really enjoyed issue #3. That is where the image by Jim Lee is from above.
AND I know I’ve mentioned this before but I kind of love that the World War II era of superheroes is slowly being populated in the New 52. I’m still waiting for a “Justice Battalion” story set in that era. A secret mission featuring Wraith, Lennox, Shade, Frankenstein, Vigilante, and Madam Fatal. I haven’t caught up on Snyder’s Batman run yet was there a “good” Talon set in the World War II era?