With Grant Morrison leaving superhero comics (except for his upcoming Multiversity epic), the question arose: who would be taking over DC’s ’Action Comics?’ Well, now we have the answer: writer Andy Diggle, and artist Tony Daniel, as of issue #18.
As just announced on DC’s The Source Blog, the team… Well, we don’t know exactly what they’ll be tackling, but if the promo art by Daniel is any indication, we’ll get getting a new costume, and some big ol’ spaceships. Or maybe not, it is just promo art, so who knows? The other big question mark: will Action Comics continue to be set in the past, while ’Superman’ forges forward into the future? Or is something new happening? The Zero issue of Superman teased a return to Krypton, so will that be what we’re seeing here?
Chances are we’ll find out a bit more at New York Comic Con, but until then here’s quotes from Diggle and Daniel. And we’re hoping the tagline for the new Action Comics is, “What do you think of THESE Double Ds?” Okay, it probably won’t be that:
“I’ve always had a positive experience working with DC Comics, and it’s amazing to be welcomed back into the fold in such fine style,” Diggle told THE SOURCE. “Even in an industry dominated by superheroes, Superman is THE superhero – the original and best – and I’m flattered, daunted and inspired in equal measure at being given the opportunity to build on such an incredible and historic legacy. The word ‘iconic’ is bandied around a lot in comics, but Superman defines the term. I’m excited to be working with Tony Daniel, whose artistic and storytelling skills will be bringing the world(s) of Superman to stunning visual life. Together we’ll be carving out spectacular new adventures that respect the past while redefining the future of the Man of Steel.”
“First, let me say that I am really excited to be working with Andy Diggle on ACTION COMICS,” continued Daniel. “Superman is a character I’ve wanted to work on for quite a while now and I’m now very fortunate to be given this tremendous opportunity to work with such an iconic character. I look forward to drawing each and every character in Superman’s universe. I anticipate this being a fun ride for me and hopefully for Superman fans as well. I can’t wait to get Andy’s first script and sharpening my pencils! Thank you everyone for your support of my work on BATMAN and DETECTIVE COMICS over the years. I already miss the Dark Knight, but I look forward to starting anew with the Man of Steel in ACTION COMICS. I hope to see you all in Metropolis!”
Action Comics #18 hits stores in March from DC Comics.