DEATH Visits Lex Luthor in Action Comics

If you flipped to the DC Nation page in the back of your DC books this week, you may have noticed a curious tease for October's Action Comics #894. A silhouette over an unfinished page of human skulls. The woman carries a bouquet of flowers and what appears to be a gun. But who is she, and why is her presence in Action Comics such a tantalizing surprise? Well, DC didn't keep us hanging too long, offering the full reveal on their blog this afternoon. 

Ah, the old umbrella/pistol trick. Either way, it looks like Neil Gaiman's Death is coming to Metropolis, no doubt to darken Luthor's door. Another little crack in the wall diving the Vertigo realm from the rest of DC proper.

As a presence in the DCU, Death predates Gaiman's take on the character. But it was her reintroduction as a teen goth girl in the pages of Sandman that really connected. She's made a few appearances in DC's mainstream books since Sandman and her own string of limited series wrapped, but she's mostly a cameo performer. Action 894 looks to be more of a star vehicle.

Cornell says this of the news: “I’m very pleased that, after I ran the idea by him, Neil Gaiman approved me using Death in this issue. He’s been very supportive. It’s so interesting to see her back in the DC Universe. Though Vertigo readers can rest assured that the character, and the way she’s used, will be true to the spirit of what has gone before.”

Even after only one issue, it's clear that Cornell is making great use of all the toys in the DC sandbox. Even a few old favorites that bad been buried over in the corner. What tidings does Death bring for Luthor, a man more annoyed with his own mortality than most?

The issue debuts in October.


  1. Very smart move from DC!

  2. I’m all about getting rid of the strict division between DC and Vertigo comics that’s developed over the last several years.  I love what Matt Wagner’s done with throwing bits of DC lore all over Madame Xanadu.  It’s only confusing if you let it be.

  3. Brilliant news!

  4. awesome

  5. Well, yeah, this is pretty damn awesome. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Paul does with this run.

  6. Very cool, looking forward to how Cornell works with her. Fun fact: Death makes a "unofficial" cameo in Paul Cornell’s Doctor Who book "HAPPY ENDINGS." 

  7. who else would be cool to have crossover from Vertigo?

  8. Weird but fantastic news. Can’t wait to see how this cameo is gonna work.

  9. This is very cool. I half-expected her to pop up during Blackest Night. I’d love to hear her thoughts about how BN went down. Maybe it wasn’t worth her notice since everyone was really just an empty shell.

  10. I am absolutely on board with this.  While I hope DC doesn’t completely blend the DC and Vertigo universes together (as if we have enough problems with continutiy as it is), putting Death in this makes perfect sense for the Luthor storyline going on.

  11. If it were anyone of a lower calibre than Cornell writing this, I’d cry foul. Since it’s Cornell, I can’t wait.

  12. I hae no problem with this, especially since Sandman and Death were originally part of the DCU proper, as the title came out before vertigo was a real thing. The JLA is in the first Sandman arc. Dream fights Dr. Destiny. Batman and Superman are at dream’s funeral. no reason characters from the book can’t pop up in the DCU proper. 

  13. Just when everything is going great, a damaged goth chick comes into your life and screws everything up.

    Cornell really knows how to tap into reality. 

  14. YES!!!!

    you know what this means right???? Death and Nekron might be alternate versions of one another. 

    I have another pitch for DC: Invisibles in the DCU, make it happen DC. And give ’em rings while you’re at it. New Guardians indeed.

    This is going to be so cool. Right next to Grifter getting a red ring (i can hope can’t i?).

  15. Last issue of Action comics was the best thing I read last week. I didn’t think a Luthor-centric Action would be good, but it’s awesome.

  16. breaking down of the dc/vertigo wall, I’m all for it, now if only it could pave the way for twilight of the superheros i’d be very happy.

  17. roll the dice and see what comes up !