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New Gods:

Walter Simonson Era (2000-2002)

Walter Simonson’s approach to the Fourth World was starkly different from that of his predecessor, John Byrne. Byrne’s strategy with Jack Kirby’s Fourth World was to combine elements from all of Kirby’s original titles, plus subsequent developments like Takion, into a single title. Simonson’s was to return the focus to Orion, who had originally been the protagonist of Kirby’s New Gods. If a combined approach didn’t work, perhaps refocusing on a single warrior-hero would spur critical acclaim and lasting sales.

More to come.

Orion #1

“O Beautiful for Spacious Skies…” -- 22 pages

  • written by Walter Simonson; art by Walter Simonson
  • features Daniel “Terrible” Turpin
  • Lightray discusses Tigra’s accusations about Orion’s parentage (following up on John Byrne’s Jack Kirby’s Fourth World)

first issue; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated June 2000

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Orion #2

“…For Amber Waves of Grain!” -- 22 pages

  • written by Walter Simonson; art by Walter Simonson
  • features the Newsboy Legion
  • ends with Darkseid apparently accessing the Anti-Life Equation

cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated July 2000
Orion #3

“For Purple Mountain Majesties…” -- 16 pages

  • written by Walter Simonson; art by Walter Simonson
  • Tigra dies

“Nativity” -- 6 pages

  • written by Walter Simonson; art by Frank Miller
  • Tigra gives birth to Orion
  • Darkseid claims Orion and exiles Tigra

cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Aug 2000

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Orion #4

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Sept 2000

Orion #5

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Oct 2000

Orion: The Gates of Apokolips

collects Orion #1-5; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; 144 pages; softcover; $12.95; published 2001

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Orion #6

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Nov 2000

Orion #7

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Dec 2000

Orion #8

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Jan 2001

Orion #9

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Feb 2001

Orion #10

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Mar 2001

Orion #11

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Apr 2001

Orion #12

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated May 2001

Orion #13

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated June 2001

Orion #14

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated July 2001

Orion #15

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Aug 2001

Orion #16

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Sept 2001

Orion #17

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Oct 2001

Orion #18

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Nov 2001

Orion #19

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Dec 2001

Orion #20

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Jan 2002

Orion #21

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Feb 2002

Orion #22

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Mar 2002

Orion #23

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated Apr 2002

Orion #24

written by Walter Simonson; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $2.50; cover-dated May 2002

Orion #25

“Children of the Pact!” -- 38 pages

  • written by Walter Simonson; pencils by Walter Simonson; inks by Bob Wiacek

final issue; cover by Walter Simonson; published by DC Comics; $3.95; cover-dated June 2002

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