Well, here’s who Gail Simone was talking about when the departing Wonder Woman writer promised us a successor that would knock our collective socks off: J. Michael Straczynski will be helming the adventures of two of DC Comics’ biggest characters as of July’s Superman #701 and Wonder Woman #601. Comic Book Resources and The Source have the scoop on the move.
Straczynski’s had a rough road in comics of late: He departed Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man and Thor amid disputes over the former’s controversial “One More Day” storyline and the latter’s incorporation into the main Marvel Universe storyline during “Dark Reign” and Siege, while his Marvel title The Twelve remains unfinished.
Since his move to DC, his relaunch of the Red Circle characters and his takeover of The Brave & the Bold haven’t exactly lit the world on fire sales-wise. But add today’s announcement to his planned launch of the new-continuity original graphic novel series Superman: Earth One, and it’s clear that DC has the confidence to enshrine JMS alongside Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison as part of the creative trinity responsible for the company’s core franchises. (Indeed, Morrison was long rumored to be the next Wonder Woman writer, rumors he helped fuel by mentioning plans for the character in multiple interviews.)
Generally speaking, “big name creator” plus “big name character” equals sales success, so it seems like a smart move to me. I wouldn’t mind Superman reuniting JMS with his longtime collaborator Gary Frank, either …