In an interview over at the LA Times blog, Dan DiDio said, “we’re going to be making changes in Superman’s world as well. Superman has been the star of Action Comics for its entire run, essentially, and he will be leaving it and handing it over to new characters. The only time he hasn’t appeared in the book, I believe, was after ‘The Death of Superman,’ in those years. So this is a lot of fun for us. I think that’s going to get people excited and scratching their heads and wondering what’s going on. In his own book, Superman, there will be a dramatic turn as the hero leaves Earth and it seems like he’s leaving for good. We’ll follow his adventures in space more so than his adventures on Earth, and that’s a big and exciting thing.” He also mentions what happens in Superman, and I don’t want to spoil it for you, but it seems like it could affect the books for quite a while.
They’re also going to be restarting a new numbering of the classic series Adventure Comics, which appears to be starring the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Now I…well, I just – uh, *SIGH*
Really?! Just now we’re getting to a point where there is buzz on Superman books, and this is what is going to happen? I’m guessing this is somehow related to the rumors that James Robinson’s stay on the books will be shorter lived than first hoped. Why must there always be relaunches and world shaking, and events, and all of this hullabaloo? Why can’t there just be long term, ongoing, quality stories? I do truly believe that quality will win out, but it seems like no one ever lets them get to that point.
The fact is, I don’t know much about what is actually happening, or who is behind it. But last year, I heard from Geoff Johns and James Robinson that they were planning this far reaching, involved story among themselves on Action Comics and Superman, and now that seems to have gone by the wayside in order to take the most significant superhero character, and have him leave the book he’s been in for 70 years. Now, I’m not one for blind nostalgia, but some things are a given, and Superman in Action Comics is a given. Maybe I wouldn’t feel so strongly about it if I wasn’t reading and enjoying Action Comics for the first time in my whole comic book reading like, and I know I’m not alone. Pulls have more than doubled on this site, which tells me something.
Could I be wrong? Sure. This sounds a lot like if someone told me around issue 17 or 18 of Brubaker’s Capain America run that Steve Rogers would be leaving the book indefinitely. But I have a gut feeling that this isn’t the same thing. Maybe Geoff Johns has a master plan in place, and all will be well. But with the Chuck Dixon incident, the Robinson story, along with the business about the rejiggering of Final Crisis in the same article, I worry. This doesn’t feel like the way things should be.
Thanks to cheezdog in the forums for the link.
UPDATE: Superman editor Matt Idelson has told supermanhomepage.com that the rumors about James Robinson quitting Superman are untrue. Thanks Mxyzptlk for the tip.