DC is reimagining Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman for the wholesome Milk Wars

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There’s no shortage of dark reflections within the DC Comics Universe. From the nihilistic threat of Earth-2’s Owlman who vexed Batman through to a Superman who rules with an fist of steel within the universe of comics based on the Injustice games, Earth’s greatest heroes have faced more than their fair share of dangerous dopplegangers in the multiverse.

What about the inverse of that idea then? Imagine a universe where the trinity of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman were even more…wholesome. Because that’s the idea that’ll be present in the upcoming JLA/Young Animal: Milk Wars event. Overseen by Gerard Way, the brief event will consist of five one-shots that features the icons taking on RetCo, a corporation that spans across the multiverse and repackages realities to better suit the tastes of their audiences who are watching.

RetCo does just that with the trinity of heroes, resulting in the most Americana of reimaginings: Superman is now Milkman-Man, Batman has become the oprhan-adopting padre known as Father Bruce and Wonder Woman has been reduced to the ideal American housewife straight out of the Stepford Wives. Horrifying stuff.

Here’s a look at the issues that’ll create the mini-event via CBR, just in time for Superman’s milk moustache to be CGIed off:

LA/DOOM PATROL SPECIAL #1

Milk Wars (3)

  • Written by STEVE ORLANDO and GERARD WAY, art by ACO
  • Backup story written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO ,backup story art by SONNY LIEW
  • Cover by FRANK QUITELY

“MILK WARS” part one! Welcome to the un-event of the year! Kicking off a line-wide adventure, DC’s Young Animal collides with the DC Universe to bring you a different kind of crossover.

The Doom Patrol has discovered that an interdimensional corporation called RetCo has been stealing stories, reconfiguring them and repackaging them for new markets. Our gang of misfit heroes have felt the touch of this nefarious company, and it has already started to change them. Even scarier, though, is how deeply RetCo has embedded itself into current continuity, using the radioactive milk of psychic cows to quell the more dangerous impulses of the Justice League and turn them into heroes safe for the masses. And to kick this off, RetCo has gone all the way to the top. Meet Milkman Man, heretofore unknown final son of Krypton, who was sent to our planet to save him from the destruction of his homeworld, only to be adopted by an evil dairy farmer and raised to love all things dairy!

Plus, who is Eternity Girl, and how does she connect to this whole scheme? A special four-part back-up feature by Magdalene Visaggio (Kim and Kim) and Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye) begins here.

MOTHER PANIC/BATMAN SPECIAL #1

Milk Wars (2)

  • Written by JODY HOUSER, art by TY TEMPLETON
  • Backup story written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO , backup story art by SONNY LIEW
  • Cover by FRANK QUITELY
“MILK WARS” part two! Mother Panic has discovered a Gotham City transformed. What happened to her family and friends? And who moved into Gather House, the religious school that scarred Mother Panic as a young girl? It’s Father Bruce, the orphan millionaire who decided to give back to society by filling the deep demand for sidekicks. So many Robins in need of a nest! Plus, part two of the Eternity Girl backup story!

SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL/WONDER WOMAN SPECIAL #1

Milk Wars (1)

  • Written by CECIL CASTELLUCCI, art by MIRKA ANDOLFO
  • Backup story written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO, backup story art by SONNY LIEW
  • Cover by FRANK QUITELY
“MILK WARS” part three! Shade has been split into multiple parts, each representing a different mood, all in service to the perfect and beautiful Wonder Wife. But Happy Shade is starting to sense that not all is right in Wonderland, and she finds something strange staring back at her on the other side of the looking glass! Plus, part three of the Eternity Girl backup story!

CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE/SWAMP THING SPECIAL #1

  • Written by JON RIVERA, art by LANGDON FOSS
  • Backup story written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO, backup story art by SONNY LIEW
  • Cover by FRANK QUITELY
“MILK WARS” part four! Swamp Thing has detected a disturbance in the Green, and his hunt for it has led him to RetCo headquarters. There he finds Cave Carson and his crew struggling against being assimilated into RetCo’s diabolical narrative. Is it possible for Swampy and Cave to destroy the organization from the inside? Plus, find out how their efforts help Eternity Girl in the final installment of her backup story!

DOOM PATROL/JLA SPECIAL #1

  • Written by STEVE ORLANDO and GERARD WAY, art by DALE EAGLESHAM and others
  • Cover by FRANK QUITELY

“MILK WARS” finale! As RetCo’s foundation shatters, the Young Animal teams come together with the Justice League and even more DC Universe heroes to finish the job. The only problem is, Milkman Man and RetCo still stand in their way. To right reality, the heroes of Young Animal and the DC Universe will have to unlock an outrageous power never before seen on any world!

This mind-blowing conclusion will establish new realities for all of the DC’s Young Animal titles. Look for the return of Cave Carson, Shade and Mother Panic next month!

Milkman-Man

Last Updated: November 21, 2017

Darryn Bonthuys

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