SPIRIT WORLD #1-4 (Alyssa Wong / Haining)


Spirit World #1 (of 6) – On Sale May 9, 2023

First seen in Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate #1, Spirit World features Xanthe, a non-binary Chinese hero with the ability to travel in and out of the Spirit World – the realm of the dead, and that of the living. Xanthe possesses the ability to burn items folded from ceremonial joss paper and turn them into real objects that can be used in the physical world. Their super power is based on the East Asian custom of burning joss paper at gravesites to send resources to ancestors in the spirit world.

In this debut issue, written by Alyssa Wong (Batman: Urban Legends, Marvel’s Deadpool) with art by Haining (DCeased), Xanthe forms a reluctant alliance with DC’s bad boy of the mystic arts, John Constantine, to rescue Batgirl Cassandra Cain from a horde of jiangshi (Chinese hopping vampires). Haining provides both the main and 1 in 50 ratio variant covers, additional variant covers by Dustin Nguyen and Trung Le Nguyen, plus a special AAPI Heritage Month variant cover by Zu Orzu.

Le segment dans Lazarus Planet m’a déplu : le concept est bon mais le personnage est abusivement arrogante et badass, c’est lourdingue.

Ca sent le pétard dont la mèche restera éteinte…


Xanthe is a master of the dark arts who’s here to give Constantine a run for his money…literally. Their weapon of choice is a large broadsword (because who doesn’t love a big sword when you can choose to use a big sword?!

When Constantine shows up saying Xanthe scammed him into buying something, he finds them and Batgirl Cass Cain fighting an abnormal influx of jiangshi (Chinese hopping vampires) and joins in to help. But when a portal opens up that drags Batgirl into the Spirit World, it’s up to Xanthe and Constantine to travel to the land of the spirits to rescue her!

Who knows what other spirits we’ll find in the Spirit World—like that skateboarding boy wearing hanfu with some headphones and a gaping hole in his chest?!

Creative Team

  • Writers: Alyssa Wong
  • Artists: Haining
  • Colorists: Sebastian Cheng
  • Standard Covers: Haining
  • Variant Cover Artists: Haining; Dustin Nguyen; Zu Orzu; Trung Le Nguyen
  • Editor: Jessica Chen
  • Format: Ongoing Series
  • Cover Price/Page Count: $3.99 / 32 pages

Learn about Spirit World and the new heroes in SPIRIT WORLD #1, on shelves & digital platforms on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, from DC Comics.

Written by: Alyssa Wong.

Art by: Haining.

Covers by: Haining, Dustin Nguyen, Zu Orzu, Jessica Lui Fong.

Description: With Cassandra Cain still stuck in the Spirit World, Xanthe and Constantine are hoping the one portal they’ve found (which is quickly closing) is their one-way ticket to the land of the dead to help rescue Batgirl! Cass has made two spirit friends along the way who have given her a special cloak that helps mask her living-flesh stench to keep the other spirits from eating her…but can they be trusted? And hey, what’s in this tea that they just gave her…?!

Pages: 32.

Price: $3.99 (variant, $4.99).

Available: June 13.

Written by: Alyssa Wong.

Art by: Haining.

Covers by: Haining, Jessica Liu Fong, Zu Orzu.

Description: Xanthe and Constantine find a one-way ticket to the Spirit World and must interrogate spirits to find Batgirl…but how do you do that without alerting the spirits that there’s a human walking among them? Then, Cass and Popo go to a friend of Bowen’s in hopes of finding a way back into the living – a fox spirit who has a secret of his own…

Pages: 32.

Price: $3.99 (variant, $4.99).

Available: July 11.

Spirit World #4

FEATURING CONSTANTINE! Cass Cain, Batgirl, has died before, and it seems the spirits of the Spirit World met her when she passed through before being revived by the Lazarus Pit…but then how come she doesn’t remember being there? Then, as Constantine’s memories start to fade after being in the Spirit World for too long, he begins to turn on Xanthe, who needs to find a way back to the land of living or Constantine will be a permanent resident of the land of the dead…either way, time’s running out!

Creative Team

  • Writer: Alyssa Wong
  • Artist: Haining
  • Colorist: Sebastian Cheng
  • Letterer: Janice Chiang
  • Cover Artists: Haining, Sebastian Cheng
  • Variant Cover Artist: Bernard Chang, Marcio Takara
  • Group Editor: Ben Abernathy
  • Editor: Jessica Chen
  • Cover Price/Page Count: $4.99/32 Pages

Why Do Memories Fade in the Spirit World? in Spirit World #4 on shelves and digital platforms on Tuesday, August 8, 2023

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