While the end of the Man of Steel's upcoming "War of the Superman" remains in doubt in terms of what will become of the thousands of Kryptonians currently orbiting the earth's sun, DC Comics today solidified a bit of the shape of the Superman line of books for this summer and beyond while also opening up a few key questions. The publisher announced via their The Source blog that the ongoing "Action Comics" title would welcome a new new writer in the form of Paul Cornell come June's issue #890, replacing previously announced writer Marc Guggenheim.
“I’m proud and honored to be taking on such a historic title. It’s particularly great to begin by featuring Lex Luthor, who’s always been one of my favourite characters," Cornell said on the blog. "So many legendary creators have written this title in the past that I’m giddy and frankly terrified at the prospect of following in their footsteps."
While the rest of the creative team including cover artist David Finch and interior artist Pete Woods will remain on the title as announced, as will a storyline focusing on archvillain Lex Luthor, but when it comes to the question of what happened to Guggenheim, DC editor Matt Idelson stepped in to explain "“I’m very bummed to be missing out on this chance to work with Marc who I think would have kicked some serious butt on 'Action.' The story he pitched began to evolve into something quite different, something Marc knew would be great, but he had concerns about whether he was the man to write this tale. Rather than do a disservice to the book, the readers and himself, Marc decided to step away from 'Action,' and we both know that sometime in the future, we’ll be collaborating on Superman for sure.
"With Guggs out of the picture, there was only one person to turn to, one writer who could bring this book to those Guggian heights while still making it his own – Paul Cornell. Shockingly, he accepted the challenge. In the short time we’ve been working together, his enthusiasm has blown me away!
"Happily, no sooner had Marc stepped off than another editor swooped in to work with Marc on a project that will be announced in the near future."
The Source debuted a new Luthor image by finch, which is reposted above and shared more preview art which can be seen at the original post. Stay tuned to CBR for more news on Cornell's "Action" run and Guggenheim's next DC project as it becomes available.