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Interview: Grant Morrison on ACTION COMICS, MULTIVERSITY & the Death of Superman

The writer is preparing to end his run on Superman in the New 52.

The time many of us has feared is nearly here. Grant Morrison's run on ACTION COMICS has almost ended. Lucky for us, he decided he wanted an extra issue to tie up all the loose ends to his story. While ACTION COMICS #17 is on sale this month, we'll still one more issue, with extra pages (issue 18 is on sale March 6).

We asked Grant some questions on ending his run along with some questions about the mention of Doomsday as well as what we can expect from him after this.

From ACTION COMICS #17

Comic Vine: When did you decide you needed one more issue to finish your story?

Grant Morrison: A few months before ago. I needed one more issue and then added ten more pages at the last minute. So over the last few months I felt the story needed more room to breathe.

CV: Have you told all the Superman stories you've have in you or are there still more for later?

GM: Nah, I've told everything I've got right now. But as I've said before, never say never about these characters because. I've really said enough for a while. But there's still the black Superman from Earth-23 in there but I've said pretty much all I've got to say for the moment.

CV: Did the ending of your story change or evolve at all since you started writing ACTION COMICS #1?

GM: Oh sure, when I first started doing ACTION COMICS #1, I thought I was only doing six issues. The basic story I was telling was how Superman went from being the young jean-clad social crusader to finding his alien space suit. And that was it. But it kind of grew once I did the two fill-in issues and they suggested other story possibilities. The story sort of just grew on its own. I had no idea about the ending when I started issue 1. Certainly by issue 9 I started to realize what was going on and what needed to happen.

== TEASER ==

CV: Will we get answers about the mention of Superman's first death, Doomsday or the statue with Superman's pre-New 52 costume?

GM: All those things, I wanted to show that they had happened. I didn't think it was actually important to show the actual event. I think it's important for Superman's origin to show that he once died. If some other writer down the line wants to tell the story, it's theirs to tell. This story is more about suggesting what went wrong and moving forward it's showing a situation where he's facing something even worse than Doomsday.

Original cover to ACTION COMICS #17

CV: Is the solicit for issue 17 with "Superman fighting to save all of creation" now moved to 18?

GM: Certainly, he fights for all creation, in fact, we all get the chance to fight for all creation in #18.

CV: Will your story in 18 be an absolute ending to your story or will there still be open plot threads left?

GM: No, this is a complete ending to my story but unlike something like ALL STAR SUPERMAN, which was a complete book with a beginning, middle and end, this is an ongoing monthly comic. I didn't want to do a complete ending and mess up the next issue. It's clearly an ending to my story.

CV: Is your run on ACTION going to tie into MULTIVERSITY in any way, especially with Earth 23 seen in issue 9?

GM: Yeah, the black Superman is one of the major characters of MULTIVERSITY so he has room to play in that as well. Even the box, the transmatter cube that was sort of assembled becomes a major plot point in MULTIVERSITY. That's how one starts to communicate with one another. It was based on an old…that's what they used in the JUSTICE LEAGUE in the 1970s. They had these transmatter cubes to go between Earth-1 and Earth-2. What you saw in ACTION COMICS 9 was the beginning of that technology starting to resurface in the mutliverse. I always like to run lines from each of my projects into the other.

CV: Do you have other characters you'd like to take on in the future?

GM: Nothing right now. MULTIVERSITY covers a lot of things. I'll have a lot of characters I haven't done before. And then there's Wonder Woman which is the one thing I did want to do. After Wonder Woman, I don't know. There's nothing I can think of or that I'm drawn to. If an idea comes up then an idea comes up. I may wake up one morning with a Doctor Fate story and then suddenly desperately want to write Doctor Fate. You never know.

CV: Thanks so much. I'm sad to read your ending but I'm excited.

GM: I hope you enjoy it.

ACTION COMICS #17 is on sale February 20.

42 Comments
Posted by The Stegman

Thank goodness he's leaving Action Comics, It started out great, but now it's just too weird. 

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Posted by MyNemesisTotoro

SO incredibly excited for Multiversity! Now it looks like I may have to pick up Action Comics #9

Posted by Logan Reilly

@The Stegman: Grant Morrison's work usually is weird, but still pretty awesome.

Posted by The Stegman
@Logan Reilly said:

@The Stegman: Grant Morrison's work usually is weird, but still pretty awesome.

Eh, to me it's hit or miss, sometimes he does great stuff, sometimes it's too much for me to wrap my head around. Love his current run on Batman Inc, but Superman..no thanks. 
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Posted by Saren

I was always kind of ehh about Morrison's run until I read AC 15. He took a character I previously detested, Mxy, and gave me a reason to like him. It was a pretty awesome issue.

Nimrod the Hunter still sucks, though.

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Posted by The_Tree

Cannot wait to see how he ends it all with Action Comics. I'm also pretty damn excited to see him tackle the multiverse again with Multiversity.

Posted by dondave

Sounds Good

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Posted by kennybaese

"there's Wonder Woman which is one thing I DID want to do"

Does this mean that his Wonder Woman thing is off now?

Posted by UltimateSMfan

Man am i sad he's leaving :'( Cant wait for Multiversity and his wonder woman story......theres one thing i wanted to kno though did clark ever find out 'Icarus' was Lex??

Posted by Sidious

Buh-bye!

Posted by MrPhoenix

His work is so inconsistent, It can sometimes be a chore to read. I'll agree that although sometimes his work can be weird it does always leave me somewhat intrigued. I'm not bothered by him leaving, but rather excited for the new creative team.

Posted by tim_mik

@The Stegman: right with you. completely hit or miss and Action was a miss.

Posted by detective38

Multiversity= Ted Kord Blue Beetle which equals awesome!

Posted by Lvenger

Can't believe all the negativity to Morrison's AC run. He's given Superman a boost he sorely needed. Grounded was getting boring and tedious as hell and this at least revitalised Superman in so many ways. I'm glad he has an extra issue to finish his run as Morrison always writes better with more time to dish out his plot points. By far and away better than all of Perez', Giffen and Lobdell's run combined IMO. Snyder and Diggle are excellent replacements for Morrison though.

Posted by ILLO_29

This has been a great read, yea you have to do a little reading and a little thinking but for me that's what makes it so fun. I'm glad he's getting an extra issue to really wrap it all up. Grant's always gotten kind of a bad rap for his endings being a little "meh" so it looks like he's really trying to end it right.

Posted by SmashBrawler

Morrison's run has been absolutely fantastic and the only Superman run I've enjoyed in the New 52. Can't wait for Multiversity, looks and sounds great.

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

@kennyshat said:

"there's Wonder Woman which is one thing I DID want to do" Does this mean that his Wonder Woman thing is off now?

Nah ... just means he wanted to 'do' Wonder Woman. Probably still does, just realized finally that his chances are slim to none.

Posted by Kal'smahboi

Good interview. Sad to see Morrison go on Action Comics, but I'm really excited about the finale, and about Multiversity later this year!

Posted by Outside_85

@kennyshat said:

"there's Wonder Woman which is one thing I DID want to do" Does this mean that his Wonder Woman thing is off now?

It doesnt look like it, it's just the last in the line of things he's wanted to do currently.

Posted by tensor

It was a bad start for Morrison on action comics but he pick it up in the end, I was getting into this.I hope theY explain what is this the drink that mxy girlfriend gave him to drink an what effect it will have on him.

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Posted by Icarusflies

@UltimateSMfan said:

Man am i sad he's leaving :'( Cant wait for Multiversity and his wonder woman story......theres one thing i wanted to kno though did clark ever find out 'Icarus' was Lex??

<_<

>_>

Sssshh.....

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Posted by Zeeguy91

I'm excited for Diggle to take over.

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Yay one more month of Morrison. That's fine by me.

Posted by doordoor123

I kind of wish this was a more contained story. It seemed to have a lot of filler and I think that filler threw me off. I love when Morrison creates characters. For that reason, I like Action better then I have liked his other recent books.

Posted by Dernman
@The Stegman said:
Thank goodness he's leaving Action Comics, It started out great, but now it's just too weird. 
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Posted by guttridgeb

@The Stegman said:

Thank goodness he's leaving Action Comics, It started out great, but now it's just too weird.

This.

Posted by CrashBang

@The Stegman said:

@Logan Reilly said:

@The Stegman: Grant Morrison's work usually is weird, but still pretty awesome.

Eh, to me it's hit or miss, sometimes he does great stuff, sometimes it's too much for me to wrap my head around. Love his current run on Batman Inc, but Superman..no thanks.

Agreed. The Return Of Bruce Wayne is simply a sequence of WTF moments. That's it. And the first Batman Inc. story (before reboot) was a mind-fuck as well.

But Action Comics has been great, as has Batman Inc. this time around The Invisibles was brilliant as well, as was All-Star Superman.

So yeah, Morrison is either a genius or a drug-addled thought killer, depending on his mood.

Posted by JamDamage

I hate Morrison.

Posted by yo_yo_fun

@Lvenger said:

Can't believe all the negativity to Morrison's AC run. He's given Superman a boost he sorely needed. Grounded was getting boring and tedious as hell and this at least revitalised Superman in so many ways. I'm glad he has an extra issue to finish his run as Morrison always writes better with more time to dish out his plot points. By far and away better than all of Perez', Giffen and Lobdell's run combined IMO. Snyder and Diggle are excellent replacements for Morrison though.

This!!

Posted by yo_yo_fun

I'm very sad to see him leave. :/

I will continue to buy Action Comics up until Scott Snyder and Jim Lee's Superman comes out.

Posted by StrangeMan

Now i want Morrison to write Dr Fate.

Posted by TDK_1997

I can't wait to see what will happen.

Posted by saoakden

So Superman did face Doomsday?

Posted by Onemoreposter

@StrangeMan said:

Now i want Morrison to write Dr Fate.

lol, had the same thought.

This makes me sad. I don't want Grant to go. However, I'm suppper stoked to read multiversity.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

What is Multiversity? is it gonna be a DC Event?

Posted by Mia26

Deapite some missteps his still an amazing writer and I love all of his work from Animal Man through Action comics.

Posted by ComicAddict2814

"the time many of us have feared is here" does not apply to this reader. Sorry Grant, this run was not for me. I'm happy to see someone else is takinh the reigns on AC. Maybe I can enjoy Superman again. Sorry to say my first impression to Grant getting one more issue was...UGH...

Posted by Deadcool

@Logan Reilly said:

@The Stegman: Grant Morrison's work usually is weird, but still pretty awesome.

I don't like when he brings Silver Age crap back just because.

Posted by KINCART

@The Stegman said:

Thank goodness he's leaving Action Comics, It started out great, but now it's just too weird.

I couldn't agree more.

Posted by colonyofcells

Maybe Superman will win by evolving 5th dimension vision or maybe Superman will use his 5d glasses from his utility belt.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Multiversity I am excited for, but I'm kinda put off by what he said regarding continuity issues here, saying that Superman's death just had to be said. All the more indicative of New 52's glaring hypocrisies I say. I'm surprised he said he's got nothing more to say though, but maybe that' just because he's more interested in getting started on Multiversity. Still love Morrison but yeah, its probably best he's moving on. Action just got weirder and weirder for him.

Posted by Kesho_Ronin

@The Stegman said:

Thank goodness he's leaving Action Comics, It started out great, but now it's just too weird.