Now there are a lot of Didio-haters out there. And I have to admit, it sometimes feels like DC is on shaky ground, both economically (as Marvel continues to dominate the market) and creatively as internal continuity seems to be nonexistent. So, I think it is pretty big of Didio to potentially face the slings and arrows of an angry mob. Here is the link for the last session.
As always, it is worth reading the whole piece; here are the Supergirl relevant questions.
1. Dan, let’s start this time with Superman. New Krypton is halfway through, and as you’ve said, the larger storyline will be felt through the end of 2010. Let’s talk about creative teams – are we going to see the same teams remain on the books for this two year stretch?
Dan DiDio: Actually, no. There will be some changes in the creative teams involving Superman. Let’s take it from the top – actually, with the one book that won’t see any changes: The Superman series will be keeping James Robinson and Renato Guedes will be the team on that title through 2009, but as the story begins in March, we should subtitle the story, “World Without Superman.” That’s the story James will be telling, and he will be leading the charge on the Superman title itself.
Of course, if the story is good, I'll be happy. But I can imagine a migration away from the title by some readers.
In Action, we’re going to see some major changes – Superman will not be featured in Action Comics. The stars of Action will be the new team of Flamebird and Nightwing. Flamebird is a character we’ve seen, but this is the first time we’re seeing her in costume. Nightwing is a character that we’ve known in the DCU for a little while, but he’s new to the Nightwing costume as well. The team on that book will be Greg Rucka with Eddy Barrows. Eddy will be moving over from Teen Titans.
We’ll be introducing a new series called Superman: New Krypton which will be written by Andrew Kreisberg and drawn by Pete Woods.
Superman: Secret Origins huh? And as a mini-series no less. Well I am glad that Johns and Frank haven't left the character all together. This might be DC's way of capitalizing on the successes of the super-titles now. By running this as a mini and Flamebird/Nightwing in Action (as opposed to Origin in Action and Nightwing/Flamebird as a mini) they might sell a few more books.
Newarama just posted the 6 covers. Stunning. For some reason, I really like the Daily Planet one. Here is the link to view the covers: http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?gid=727
As someone who still thinks of Byrne's Man of Steel as the definitive origin (despite multiple arcs since then re-defining Krypton, etc) I am looking forward to this greatly. Hopefully this will streamline Superman's backstory enough to clarify what's what.
I am really amazed at how expansive John's touch in the DCU is becoming. Superman, Green Lantern, the Flash (with the upcoming Rebirth), JSA, Hawkman. Unbelievable.
I haven't seen one writer impact that many of DC's main characters since the early 70's when Denny O'Neil revamped Superman (the Sand Superman/no Kryptonite arc), Batman (back to Dark Knight roots), Wonder Woman (de-powered and in white jumpsuit) and Green Lantern/Green Arrow (social commentary) all around the same time.
2. A question that we can ask then – Superman: New Krypton – what’s that all about?
DD: It would, but it has none of that [laughs]. The great thing about this is that with all the changes taking place, with the introduction of Greg and Andrew into the group, and Geoff concentrating at least for the time being on Secret Origin, we’re able to maintain a consistency of story. With James on the lead book, he’s been involved since day one in the New Krypton story, and he’s really taking charge and leading the whole direction of the Superman line during this time.
Well, that explains who the writer is. I am glad that there is still a guiding force from the super-team like Robinson around to make sure there is at least a consistent feel to the titles.
3. Moving to Supergirl for a moment...issue #35 basically reset the character, and is showing us the “real” story of what’s been going on with her. What’s your take on what Sterling is doing with the character?
DD: Sterling is one of the rising stars here at DC. You always get the question of where are the new writers coming from, and who are the talents we’re looking to grow, and Sterling is definitely one of them. We just put him under an exclusive contract as well, because we have a lot of belief and faith in his abilities. He’s done a great job with Supergirl - he’s been able to take what’s been going on in the Superman books and bring that level of focus and depth to Supergirl and I feel as if he’s really solidified the direction of that series. The great part also in New Krypton, we’ve had the introduction of Supergirl’s parents in Kandor – that really helps to build a strong supporting cast for that series, and Sterling has a great handle on what to do with that book. He’s the writer for the future of Supergirl.
Congratulations to Mr. Gates for scoring the exclusive tag. I am glad to hear that Didio has such faith in his abilities on Supergirl because I have been very pleased with the first 2 issues.
Now is not the time to rest on laurels though. The first two issues of Supergirl under the new team were basically the reset button. Now we need to move forward. I am really looking forward to the Superwoman arc as it is sort of the first pure Supergirl storyline we will see from the new team.
4. Getting back to one of your announcements - Superman: Secret Origin. You called it the “definitive origin,” and I’m sure that already has some fans rolling their eyes. Superman: Birthright was a few years back and said to be the same thing, and there have been tweaks and adjustments in the line before that. Can you give us some clues on what makes this origin “definitive?”
DD: With the Superman books following Infinite Crisis, we made some suggestions as to some of the changes that might be occurring within Superman’s origin and who he is. There were a lot of things that have been changed over a period of time, and what Geoff has done, what Geoff always does so well is that he incorporates so many of the various aspects of Superman’s origin to what I feel is really a clean, definitive take on the character as he exists today, and more importantly, how we will continue to present him in the years to come.
The John Byrne changes were important and strong when they occurred back in the ‘80s, and I feel that Geoff’s origin is going to make that same imprint now, for 2009 and past that.