Not only was today a bad day for myself, it was a bad day for DC as well. On the surface nothing to tremendous has happened, but I can’t let it go ignored. As you may or may not have heard, Grant Morrison will soon be done with DC comics. It was assumed and rumored that Batman Incorporated would only be twelve issues, and he confirmed that if the book continues, it will be without him. He has also stated that he will be departing Action Comics at issue 17. This will deal a deathblow to the strongest Superman comic on the market. Again, its just a creator leaving to pursue his own interests, it just comes as a harsh blow to DC and fans of DC.
Grant Morrison is behind the greatest Superman story of all time (All-Star Superman), and was given much acclaim for his current run on Action Comics. Action Comics has been one of the strongest comics on the market, and it should come as no surprise that Morrison is responsible for much of its success. The gap in quality between Action and the Superman title is also quite apparent. While I followed the Superman title for a long period of time, it’s quality has shrunk as the title has gone on, not to mention that the title will have undergone 3 creative changes by issue 12. The lack of direction in the Superman title, left Action Comics to gather all of the praise and be the comic Superman fans enjoy. With Morrison’s departure, it is my belief that DC will lose a quality Superman title and have nothing to replace it with. I suppose that only time will tell, but the era of strong Superman titles, at least for now is over. Man of Steel comes out in a year, DC has that long to create a strong Superman title to present fans and movie goers.
It is dark day whenever a creator leaves a company. It’s almost tragic when that creator is critically acclaimed and behind two best sellers.
Until the next time, fear for Superman.