Midnighter fans rejoice — after tauntingly vague series finale, DC’s super snarky and ultraviolent Midnighter returns this fall with a new team-up series as Supergirl’s Steve Orlando reunites one of comics’ most famous couples for Midnighter and Apollo. Orlando calls the six issue miniseries a “western revenge thriller,” and a five page preview released by DC today proves the electrifying action and stellar art that made Midnighter a success are back in full force.
The full quote from Steve Orlando in DC’s official press release:
“MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO is the book we need right now, as comics’ most iconic queer couple face down a new enemy and show us that we can never give in to fear, hatred, and evil,” says Orlando. “And they do it with their own brand of action movie wit… and punching. I won’t just deliver fans the much-anticipated return of Apollo. I’ll also feature the Lords of the Gun and the iconic Mawzir from DC’s seminal Hitman, as well as Underworld Unleashed’s Neron. And that’s just the beginning. It’s a knockdown, drag out, DC Universe western revenge thriller that starts kicking from page one!”
Romulo Fajardo, Jr. returns on colors while Josh Reed joins as letterer and Fernando Blanco joins the team as the interior artist, with covers by Blanco and Midnighter artist ACO. Reed’s lettering work adds an impactful visual pop (the subtle style change for Apollo’s name in the title is a nice touch as well) and Blanco is well-suited to Midnighter and Apollo’s unusual blend of violence and humor. The book continues to make use of some of the innovative panel layouts applied to great effect in Midnighter’s action sequences, balancing the new team members’ differing styles with some valuable visual consistencies from the original series.
M’s acerbic wit will undoubtedly leave readers’ heads rolling on the floor with laughter, and while Orlando’s initial twelve issue run on Midnighter gave an incredible depth and refreshing update to a character that’s been sorely overlooked for the last several years, it is very refreshing to see Apollo joining M in the spotlight now for this new series.
Midnighter and Apollo #1 is out on October 5th, and the final preorder cutoff at your local comic shop is Monday, September 12th. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Midnighter, Midnighter Vol 1: OUT is available now, and Midnighter Vol 2: HARD is available for preorder on Amazon and hits comic shops October 19th.