DC Comics announced today that superstar writer J. Michael Straczynski was coming off as main writer on two of DC’s namesake titles, Superman and Wonder Woman. JMS is stepping back on these two regular comic book series in order to concentrate on a sequel to the previously released Superman: Earth One graphic novel, which furthers the creation of the new DC Universe.
Along with this news, DC also revealed that upcoming writers Phil Hester and Chris Roberson would be stepping in on these titles using JMS’s story outlines for Wonder Woman‘s reboot, and Superman‘s “Grounded” storylines, respectively. Roberson’s first issue will be Superman #707, while Hester will begin with Wonder Woman #605.
JMS also talked about his plan for the next few years, which includes time off from writing monthlies.
â€œMeanwhile, Iâ€™m taking full advantage of the situation to take a one- to five-year sabbatical from writing monthlies in order to go exclusively into writing graphic novels like Superman Earth One and Samaritan X, along with the occasional high-visibility minseries. I think thatâ€™s where the business is going, and creatively, limited series and graphic novels have always been my strong suit in that they let me tell cohesive stories with a beginning, middle and end. They can also be written and drawn before anything is ever announced or solicited, as was the case with Earth One, which has been one of the greatest and most creatively rewarding experience of my career. At some point Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll come back to monthlies â€” itâ€™s just too darn much fun â€” but for the next one to five years, itâ€™s strictly GNs and miniseries, with Superman Earth One being the first priority, followed by Samaritan X.â€
Both Phil Hester and Chris Roberson are insanely talented, and will no-doubt do a bang up job when they step in, although I’d personally like to see where each would take the stories on their own.
[Source: DC’s The Source]