When news of the revamp of many DC titles hit, it was shocking to many fans; and the decision to re-launch the first ever Superhero comic book, even more-so. The announcement that DC would relaunch Action Comics #1 which was first published in 1938 and contained Superman's very first character appearance was a bold move by the major publisher. However, the decision is one that weighs rather heavily on the shoulders of Grant Morrison, who will be responsible for writing the series based on a recent video (which you can watch above) of Morrison speaking to fans. In it he expresses his full understanding of the weight of relaunching Action Comics #1.
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"What we wanted to do here was to re-create that first ever superhero Superman...to recreate that guy for the twenty-first century and to do something that's a little bit new and to take a new look at something that people have big pre-conceptions about..."
The goal, for Morrison and for DC is not only to "recreate that very first superhero comic," by re-telling the story of Superman's very first comic book appearance- but to change him and to re-introduce the character to a modern audience. So many people know the story of Superman which is why the character may seem like a hard sell- so the decision to relaunch him and action comics isn't entirely unexpected.
[What we wanted to do is] To change some of the basics and to re-introduce some familiar faces in some very unfamiliar ways.."
What is interesting, however, is the stress Morrison places on this "Superman for the twenty-first century." Not only will Morrison be telling the story of Action Comics #1 and of the very first superhero; but he will be doing so in a modernized way. The answer to the "how do you modernize Superman," question is by doing something "a little bit new." The plans to also "re-introduce" familiar faces in "new and unfamiliar ways," is also interesting; which makes me wonder whether or not the rumor about Lois Lane and Superman splitting up holds any validity. I suppose we'll just have to wait and see in September!
What do you think of the idea of a "new" Superman for the twenty first century, and do you think that this reintroduction of the character will bring in new fans? What would you like to see change? Do you trust Grant Morrison with Action Comics #1?