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DC Announces New ACTION COMICS Creative Team

After speculation and rumors, we finally get some answers.

Superman has been a topic of much debate since the New 52 started. Having Superman wear a t-shirt, jeans and boots in ACTION COMICS seemed weird at first but Grant Morrison quickly took the title to great places. When he made the announcement that issue #16 would be his last one, many began to worry.

After a lot of speculation and rumors, DC is finally ready to reveal who the creative team will be to take over the series. It won't be with issue #17 though. The action will begin in issue #18 next Spring.

DC has announced on their blog, beginning with issue #18, Andy Diggle (THE LOSERS, GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE) will be the writer and Tony Daniel (DETECTIVE COMICS, JUSTICE LEAGUE) will be the artist.

Here's what Andy Diggle had to say:

I’ve always had a positive experience working with DC Comics, and it’s amazing to be welcomed back into the fold in such fine style. Even in an industry dominated by superheroes, Superman is THE superhero – the original and best - and I’m flattered, daunted and inspired in equal measure at being given the opportunity to build on such an incredible and historic legacy. The word ‘iconic’ is bandied around a lot in comics, but Superman defines the term. I’m excited to be working with Tony Daniel, whose artistic and storytelling skills will be bringing the world(s) of Superman to stunning visual life. Together we’ll be carving out spectacular new adventures that respect the past while redefining the future of the Man of Steel.

Here are Tony Daniel's thoughts on taking over the art duties:

First, let me say that I am really excited to be working with Andy Diggle on ACTION COMICS. Superman is a character I've wanted to work on for quite a while now and I'm now very fortunate to be given this tremendous opportunity to work with such an iconic character. I look forward to drawing each and every character in Superman's universe. I anticipate this being a fun ride for me and hopefully for Superman fans as well. I can't wait to get Andy's first script and sharpening my pencils! Thank you everyone for your support of my work on BATMAN and DETECTIVE COMICS over the years. I already miss the Dark Knight, but I look forward to starting anew with the Man of Steel in ACTION COMICS. I hope to see you all in Metropolis!

ACTION COMICS #18 goes on sale in March.

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Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

Amazing cover

Posted by NightFang

@Avenging-X-Bolt said:

Amazing cover
Posted by cacarl

THAT Superman.

Posted by inferiorego

What's up with the black suit?

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Posted by Billy Batson

:D!
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Posted by danhimself

@inferiorego said:

What's up with the black suit?

looks like the same suit that he was wearing on Krypton during Superman #0

Posted by ObsideonDarman

That cover looks so damn good.

Posted by TheCrowbar

"TEACHER I HAVE A QUESTION!"

Posted by UltimateSMfan

DAYUM!!!!

Posted by whiteknight67

now the switch I hope the stories get better...I have been a little disappointed with Action new 52

Posted by fodigg

Well, not that the art is bad, but somebody really wants to tie the comics to the upcoming film. Look at that costume:

Posted by sweetesttoaster

@inferiorego said:

What's up with the black suit?

Batman and Superman have the same tailor....?

Posted by Zoch81

@Avenging-X-Bolt said:

Amazing cover
Posted by Outside_85

Am I the only one who ends up thinking of the Nazi-Superman when they see that?

Posted by CitizenJP

Dat Kal-El.

Posted by MrArrogant

wait.. then who's going to be doing issue 17? happy about the new creative team though.

Posted by sesquipedalophobe

@fodigg said:

Well, not that the art is bad, but somebody really wants to tie the comics to the upcoming film. Look at that costume:

No, the art is pretty bad. As far as the costume design goes, it's less simplistic than the film's, but overall the red just sort of holds it back from something that could set itself apart from pre-Flashpoint. Drokk the cape for the most part.

Posted by comickraze

That is an awesome cover and looking forward to seeing what this new team will create for us next year!

Posted by kid Apollo

im not big on Supes but that cover and the creative team mite jus make me take a second look. the suit reminds me a little of the one he wore in Godfall (my fave Superman costume), minus the red sleeves.

Posted by grenade728

This could be fun. :D

Posted by lilcraig92

Too many black and red suits, I hope he wont be a darker character now

Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

Looks AWEsome.

Posted by kennybaese

I feel like a read somewhere that Morrison's last issue got pushed back to 17 instead of 16, which would explain why Diggle and Daniel aren't taking over creative duties on the book until issue 18.

Posted by Green ankh

Now maybe i'll be able to read A NEW 52 sUPERMAN BOOK.

Posted by xtremekidx

can someone give me a little backup on andy diggle?is he good?

Posted by supermanfan1234

awsome time travel crossover!!

Posted by Superdork

Welcome to the Year of Superman. It's going to be epic.

I'm actually happy Morrison is off the book. He should stick to graphic novels.

Posted by Or35ti

God dammit I was planning on dropping this for the rumored Man of Steel to save some money but it looks like I'll have to reconsider. Dammit DC and Marvel you guys are killing me

Posted by Lvenger

Well Diggle does have an impressive resume but Shadowland was abominable. Plus Daniel's art isn't always at its best. But these two have great potential. The cover looks enticing. What's up with the grey Superman 0 suit though?

Posted by Lvenger

@Superdork said:

Welcome to the Year of Superman. It's going to be epic.

I'm actually happy Morrison is off the book. He should stick to graphic novels.

Agree on the first one but WHAAAATT?! on the second one?! Sorry but Morrison has been the saving grace of Superman in the first year of the New 52. His work is light years ahead of the past Superman run in the New 52. He's done fantastic things with the character and made AC one of the best titles of the New 52. Why should he stick to graphic novels?

Posted by htb106

@danhimself said:

@inferiorego said:

What's up with the black suit?

looks like the same suit that he was wearing on Krypton during Superman #0

And it looks like Krypton behind him, maybe Action and Superman will have a stronger connection now.

Posted by CircularLogic

Never read Andy Diggle, but it's still going to be better than anything the main Superman book is pumping out. Tony Daniels, despite being a crappy writer, is a great artist, so I might give it a look.

Posted by Sirfox89

@MrArrogant: BleedingCool reported that Morrison announced at MorrisonCon that his run was extended to issue #17.

Posted by jesusdisciple001

not wanting it to be permanent (suit) like it though also hope they work with superman creative team 2 tie stories 2gether@grenade728 said:

This could be fun. :D

o yeah it will be

Posted by UltimateSMfan

@lilcraig92 said:

Too many black and red suits, I hope he wont be a darker character now

don't think thats happenin, the suit may serve a purpose.

@Lvenger: when action comics starts tellin stories in the same timeline as superman then superman will def start gettin better.a major cause for the poor stories in Superman was due to lack of communication between grant and the other writers no one knew or what he had planned exactly n because its set in the past makes it even more difficult.

Posted by Lvenger

@UltimateSMfan: That's the editors' fault, not Morrison's. He was telling fantastic stories which the editors didn't then communicate to the other Superman writers. You can't blame Grant for telling his usual awesome stories. The timeline should have no effect on good Superman stories which Morrison delivered in spades.

Posted by Cooke76

@Lvenger said:

@UltimateSMfan: That's the editors' fault, not Morrison's. He was telling fantastic stories which the editors didn't then communicate to the other Superman writers. You can't blame Grant for telling his usual awesome stories. The timeline should have no effect on good Superman stories which Morrison delivered in spades.

Supposedly Morrison is very tight-lipped about the stories he's writing, which if I remember correctly Perez said so himself just before leaving the Superman book. While I've absolutely loved Morrison's Action, that's kind of a dickhead move when you're working on a character's past stories and another writer's working on his present day one's.

Posted by theTimeStreamer

dc's plan for superman EVERY TIME!! being good not enough make him evil and then revert back. this has been done so many times..............

Posted by The Stegman
I can dig it.
Posted by Lvenger

@Cooke76: Hmm I guess. But Superman hasn't even been remotely good. The writing's been vile and lack luster. Perez and Giffen are capable of so much better yet they didn't deliver here.

Posted by Spideycap

Love Daniel's art, realistic but with a style that is recognizable instantly. Sepes suit looks alot like the Man of Steel movie suit, coincidence? Doubt it.

Posted by doordoor123

@Outside_85 said:

Am I the only one who ends up thinking of the Nazi-Superman when they see that?

No, it looks like he is hailing hitler. Why does he have one hand up like that? And he is wearing the right colors too.

Posted by Lvenger

@theTimeStreamer said:

dc's plan for superman EVERY TIME!! being good not enough make him evil and then revert back. this has been done so many times..............

How can you predict that based on the cover and creative team?

Posted by JoseDRiveraTCR7

Interesting. Let's see what they put out. Hopefully it's good.

Posted by tahmidk

is action comics still set 5 years in the past and when will it get to the present?

Posted by Imagine_Man15

@theTimeStreamer said:

dc's plan for superman EVERY TIME!! being good not enough make him evil and then revert back. this has been done so many times..............

What gives you the impression that anyone is making Superman evil?

Posted by Imagine_Man15

@xtremekidx said:

can someone give me a little backup on andy diggle?is he good?

Diggle has done quite a bit of work outside of the Big Two, he usually writes darker stories that, while (usually) very good, certainly aren't very Superman-oriented. I was really surprised to hear he'd be writing Action Comics, because it doesn't seem like his style. I'm excited to see what he'll do though.

Posted by TDK_1997

The cover is awesome!

Posted by sora_thekey

I like the idea of Tony Daniel on art duty (NOT writing)... I don't thinbk I've read anything by Andy Diggle.

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Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I can't wait to see what this creative team will do with this series

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