In a Tumblr post, comics writer, perennial disappointment*, and tall-poppy, Brian Michael Bendis shared a press release announcing what many thought impossible:
For immediate release!
Marvel and DC officially announce the return of THE AMALGAM UNIVERSE!
For the first co-publishing venture in over a decade, Marvel and DC have come to an agreement to bring back The Amalgam Universe, a universe comprised of ‘amalgam characters’ of some of the most beloved superheroes of the two most exciting comic book publishers in the entire world.
Spinning out of the events of Forever Evil and Original Sin, The Amalgam Universe is a brand-new, 12 part maxi series by super scribes Geoff Johns and Brian Michael Bendis with artwork by Olivier Copiel, Bryan Hitch, John Romita jr., Alex Maleev, Mike Deodato jr., and comics legend John Byrne, making his long awaited return to mainstream comics.
The Amalgam Universe will be published biweekly this September with many of your favorite regular comics ‘going dark’ for the duration of the series.
“The fallout from The Amalgam Universe is so big to both comic book universes, the changes so overwhelming, that you won’t recognize most of your favorite titles at the end of it.” said Bendis.
When asked: why now? Both publishers, in a joint statement said: because announcing it tomorrow just isn’t that funny.
Stay tuned for more details.
A long long time ago, Near Mint covered the Amalgam Universe in a podcast that we’re presenting here, in all its raw unedited glory. Bask in the weirdness!
*Look, we’re not saying we’re disappointed in his work, but damn if people don’t expect the world from his stuff.