While some details slipped early, the big Superman news from DC Comics just hit the web and hit big as the LA Times Hero Complex blog just broke word that writer Grant Morrison and artist Rags Morales will take on the Man of Steel in an all-new "Action Comics" #1 this September. The article was accompanied by the following image, which it labeled as a teaser for the book:
While expected at this point (thanks in part to CBR's early breaking of the Morrison Superman news), the move to relaunch the title that started the never-ending adventures of DC's first superhero 73 years ago remains one that will be debated by fans for a while to come. The title is the final announcement in DC's weeks-long run of 52 new titles set to land in comic shops and on digital devices this September. (See CBR's full coverage index for more on the titles)
The release of the image also raises questions as to the state of Superman in the new DC line as covers for the #1 issues of the incoming "Justice League" by Co-Publisher Jim Lee and the now officially titled "Superman: The Man of Tomorrow" by artist George Perez showed a significantly modernized take on the red and blue uniform of the publisher's most recognizable icon.
"Part of the fun of comic books is it's not just one iconic book that is set in stone forever," Lee told the paper." It's a massive, decades-long collaborative work that is unlike any other work in the history of literature. And that's one of the things we love about it."
"We're trying to move not just the company but even our industry to new areas and new audiences and, hopefully, for a more healthy business - this seemed like the right time and the right moment," DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio said. "This is a refocusing of the energies of the company into a way that really pushes the medium toward the widest and best audience possible. This isn't about turning around a single character or telling a new story. This is about repositioning the company for the future. What we're trying to accomplish is to widen the breadth of our stories and the appeal of characters and go after different distribution systems."
For more on the story, see the LA Times Hero Complex blog, and stay tuned to CBR as the final, official word on the Superman books and their creative teams become known.
UPDATE: DC's The Source blog has released solicitation info and creative teams for all the Superman titles, starting with "Action Comics":
A new era of DC Comics begins as the longest-running monthly comic of all time releases its first issue #1 since 1938.
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.
The first Action Comics #1 is now the most sought-after comic book of all time. This September, one of comics' most imaginative storytellers will make history again in Grant Morrison and Rags Morales' ACTION COMICS #1.
Superman #1: The Man of Tomorrow, Today
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, written by legendary comics creator George Perez (CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, NEW TEEN TITANS and WONDER WOMAN) and illustrated by Jesus Merino.
Supergirl's got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman and none of his affection for the people of Earth. Writers Michael Green and Mike Johnson (Smallville, SUPERMAN/BATMAN) will team up with artist Mahmud Asrar to give a new take on the teenager from Krypton in SUPERGIRL #1.
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. SUPERBOY #1 will be written by Scott Lobdell with art by R.B. Silva and Rob Lean.