One of the more unexpected and exciting announcements of the creative roster on DC Comics' post-Convergence lineup was Gene Luen Yang joining artist John Romita Jr. on "Superman," replacing writer Geoff Johns, who's focusing on "Justice League" and his duties as DC's Chief Creative Officer.
A multiple-Eisner Award winner for his creator-owned projects, Yang made his work-for-hire debut in 2012 on Dark Horse Comics' "Avatar: The Last Airbender" series. "Superman" will mark his first work for DC Comics, and in an interview with Hero Complex, Yang made it clear that even though he's now scripting the adventures of one of the most famous superheroes on the planet, he'll continue to explore the themes of identity, culture and the clashes between that that come with the immigrant experience.
"That's just an essential part of the character," Yang told Hero Complex. "And as I'm writing, what I'm expecting is that it will come out organically. Superman has been around for so long; he's been around for, what, eight decades now? And he goes through these different eras where different aspects of who he is get emphasized. I think at the core of him is the idea of the immigrant experience. His creators were two children of Jewish immigrants. And embedded in his origin story is this idea of negotiating between two cultures and trying to take two halves of himself and create something that's whole and unified. I'm hoping what will happen is as we build our narrative, that aspect will come out organically."
The solicitation text of "Superman" #41 -- which follows below -- asks "What will happen when the big secret is revealed?" Exactly what secret that is hasn't been revealed, but it's worth noting that DC Comics Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio have promised status quo changes for both Superman and Batman when the series return in June.
Yang and Romita Jr's "Superman" #41 is scheduled for release on June 24, 2015.
Superman # 41
Written by Gene Luen Yang
Art and cover by John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson
The Joker variant cover by Karl Kerschl
On sale June 24 • 32 pages, FC, $3.99 U.S. • Rated T
The epic new story line "TRUTH" continues with the debut of the amazing new creative team of new writer Gene Luen Yang ("American Born Chinese") and continuing artists John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson! What will happen when the big secret is revealed?