The great scribe J. Michael Straczynski has signed on to pen Superman and Wonder Woman starting in July! He will make his debut in each book’s respective anniversary issues (#701 & #601, respectively).
For as long as I’ve been doing conventions (starting in the early Cretaceous period, when it was just me and a handful of pterosaurs on a panel debating whether or not mammals with opposable thumbs were really necessary to the writing of quality comics, a point still hotly debated today), there has always been the same question from folks in the audience: “Is there any one character who is your dream character to write for?” The answer has always been the same: Superman. When I first came over to DC, that dream was realized in part by Dan DiDio’s gracious invitation to write the first of potentially many Superman original graphic novels. Now the dream has come fully true with the opportunity to write for the mainstream title, in a story that returns Superman to his roots in a way that will have the whole country talking about him in ways that we haven’t seen in a long time.
Similarly, the chance to write Wonder Woman — the nearest analogue to Superman in the DCU — is massively exciting. She’s a vital, powerful character, and we hope to bring a more contemporary sensibility to her character will retaining everything that makes her unique.
This is fantastic news. JMS had a fantastic run on Spider-Man leading up to and into Civil War, and his recent run on Thor was inspired. If there were ever a writer I would trust with two of the most iconic characters in all comicdom, it would be JMS. I am looking forward to seeing what sort of direction he takes these two characters. If it is anything like what we saw in Spider-Man and Thor, we will be talking about it for a long time to come!