DC Comics Shakes Up Creative Teams
Lobdell is gone; Johns and Romita Jr. take over Superman
Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2014 09:02
We’ve known for a while now that John Romita Jr., the artist best known for drawing just about every Marvel series at one point or another, would be taking over illustration on Superman. What we didn’t know is who would be handling the writing duties.
DC Comics was definitely hyping their wannabe-flagship character’s new direction, saying that it would at the very least be an A-list writer. Now it seems that writer is none other than DC golden boy, Geoff Johns.
Since the beginning of DC Comics’ New 52 relaunch just over two years ago, Johns has worked on Justice League, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Justice League of America and the current event series Forever Evil.
Bleeding Cool reported that President of DC Entertainment Diane Nelson asked Johns to restrict his writing to just two books. Johns left his new, critically lauded Aquaman run along with Green Lantern and Justice League of America. That left just the main Justice League title and some mystery solo series project.
Now Bleeding Cool is saying that the mystery project is the very same series that tempted Romita Jr. across the fence. There’s no word yet on whether the series will be relaunched at issue no. 1 or just start a new arc, but DC has yet to renumber an ongoing series since the beginning of the New 52.
Previously, Superman was written by Scott Lobdell and illustrated by Kenneth Rocafort. Interestingly, Superman was the last of Lobdell’s ongoing series at DC after the cancellation of Teen Titans and James Tynion IV taking over Red Hood and the Outlaws. Hints by DC indicate that he might show up again in the company’s new weekly comics initiative, but no official statements have been made as of yet.
These are only a few of the big changes happening at DC, as the company has cut a swathe through its less successful titles.
Talon, Batman: The Dark Knight, Animal Man, Teen Titans and Nightwing have all been cancelled in addition to the creator shifts.
The past few months have been something of a mess over at DC. Major creators like W. Haden Blackman and J.H. Williams III have left the company entirely while some, like Gail Simone, have been intentionally removed from their titles (although Simone was put back on Batgirl almost immediately, thanks to fan outcry).
It’s a shame. DC’s New 52 was the event that got me into reading single-issue comics, but these days I find my stack increasingly comprised of more Image and Marvel books than the house that Batman built.
While I’m a huge fan of Romita Jr.’s art, Johns’ brand of writing can be incredibly hit-or-miss (Aquaman was shockingly great, but his Green Lantern ended with more of a wet flop than a bang). Hopefully the company has something in the works, as I would prefer not to write off the universe entirely.
At least DC Vertigo is as great as ever.