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The New Superman Titles Are Here, Grant Morrison on ‘Action Comics’

After yesterday’s announcements, there were only four titles left out of DC’s 52 new #1s, and it wasn’t difficult to figure out what they’d be: Action Comics, Superman, Superboy and Supergirl. Namely, the four main Super-titles.

And so, led by the prodigious talent of Grant Morrison, this morning, DC announced their creative teams and solicitations. Details and poll below!

The first title, relaunching the series that launched the entire concept of the superhero in the first place, is Action Comics by Grant Morrison (All Star Superman, New X-Men, We3, my dreams) and Rags Morales (Hawkman, Identity Crisis). It’ll seemingly feature a younger, angrier, more socially proactive Superman, closer to the Siegel and Shuster roots, a version of the character Morrison has been wanting to write for a while:
And I wanted to do a story of Superman’s first year in Metropolis when he wasn’t so powerful and he was a bit more of a liberal activist. And to do that kind of Superman, the big heavy guy who can only pick up trucks and be killed by an exploding shell, you can kind of do that as the first year and see the differences between that guy and the incredibly powerful, self-assured man-god in the main All Star Superman book. So those are the three stories I came up with and as I say, they were slightly off the main storyline but related to it so I hope to do those when the current workload eases up because as I say I could just keep doing that Superman stuff forever.

I doubt DC will let Morrison get away with rebooting Superman as a character who can’t fly — although who knows, I guess that’d make him closer to his Smallville incarnation. Either way, here’s DC’s blurb:

This September, New York Times bestselling writer Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) joins with sensational artist Rags Morales to bring you tales of The Man of Tomorrow unlike any you’ve ever read before in ACTION COMICS #1. This momentous first issue will set in motion the history of the DC Universe as Superman defends a world that doesn’t trust their first Super Hero.

Taking over Superman will be writer George Pérez (Wonder Woman) and artist Jesus Merino (Justice Society of America, Superman/Batman), seemingly taking place later in the character’s timeline.

What is Superman’s startling new status quo? How does it affect his friends, loved ones and his job at The Daily Planet? Find out in SUPERMAN #1.

Former Superman/Batman writers Michael Green and Mike Johnson will be taking over Supergirl, with art by Mahmud A. Asrar (Brightest Day: The Atom, Shadowland: Power Man).
Supergirl’s got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman and none of his affection for the people of Earth.
Finally, presumably tying in to his appearances in Teen Titans by the same writer, Superboy will be rebooted with writer Scott Lobdell (completing his hat trick of new DC ongoings – he’s unquestionably the real winner of the DC reboot) and artist R.B. Silva (Jimmy Olsen).
They thought he was just a failed experiment, grown from a combination of Kryptonian and human DNA. But when the scope of his stunning powers was revealed, he became a deadly weapon.

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