SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #1 yet and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoiler alerts ahead!)


Earlier this week, we shed a spotlight on ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #1 and editor Wil Moss hinted at what the issue had in store for readers. Then, we teased the issue a little further by telling you that in “Anchiale,” the issue’s gorgeous and silent 8-page back-up story, a classic Superman villain would be introduced to DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.


Today, take a look at writer Max Landis (the hit film, Chronicle) and artist Ryan Sook’s (WEDNESDAY COMICS; JONAH HEX; BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) interpretation of The Atomic Skull. Taken from the back-up story, the below image explores the new origins of this elusive character. But who is he? And what does his introduction mean for the future of Superman and the DC Universe?  


“As you’ll see in the story, the Atomic Skull isn’t so much a villain as a situation,” Landis told IFANBOY of the character’s new origin story. “The guy’s already a time bomb emotionally, so I turned that outward into his physical abilities – harping on the compulsive nature of the human self.” Click here to read the full coverage and check out some other interviews that Landis conducted with COMIC BOOK RESOURCES, NEWSARAMA and COMIC VINE for more insight into The Atomic Skull.


What do you think of the new Atomic Skull? And what do you think is in store for him in 2013? Sound off in the comments section below and don’t forget to pick up your copy of ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #1, in stores now.