DC seems to be releasing information about their new books in waves. We have had the Bat-books, the GL books, the Dark books, the War books, the Edge books.
All that is left are the Super books. Well here are the rumors, leaked covers, and my initial thoughts.
Supergirl written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson (unconfirmed), presumed art by Mahmud Asrar. So I based my initial optimism on a handful of issues by those writers. But does anyone else have any opinions on their work? Someone left a comment here where they sounded concerned about their treatment of Lana Lang.
Green also wrote some early Smallville episodes. I really don't want Kara to act like the moping Clark from the show. He co-produced the Heroes show which certainly had strong pro-active female characters. I remain optimistic here. Asrar will bring a nice clean line to the book.
The costume will take some getting used to, especially those boots which I hope disappear. And the specter of Supergirl being Kara plus Karen is disheartening.
Superman/Action written by Grant Morrison (probable), art by Rags Morales (rumor): As most people here know, I am a big Morrison fan. And I absolutely loved All-Star Superman (AS Superman #10 was my favorite of the run). I think the big question I am asking myself is which Morrison am I going to get? Will it be the All-Star Superman, JLA Morrison? Or is the loonier Morrison of The Filth, Seaguy, and even Batman R.I.P.?
I think his JLA was just the right mix of Morrison crazy imagination and super-heroics. Heck, I loved how Superman was the hero of Final Crisis, singing Darkseid away. I am looking forward to this book and wonder if some of the ideas from Morrison's Superman Now will find their way into this book.
Superman/Action written and drawn by George Perez (rumor). I am completely conflicted when it comes to this book. I have great faith in Perez. I loved his complete revamp of Wonder Woman back in 1987. And his art work is classic. But can Perez handle the workload? I remember the delays with Final Crisis:Legion of Three Worlds. Can he write and draw the book? And does George Perez invoke the 'fresh and new' feeling of the new DC? Of course, I will read the book ... but fingers are crossed.
The new costume seems a bit off too. I don't think I like the red belt or the knee pads.
Superboy written by Scott Lobdell (rumor). I really have read nothing by Lobdell. It looks like the bulk of his work has been for Marvel, and on titles I don't usually get. He is writing the new Teen Titans book as seen everywhere. I have to say that there is little about the Titans picture that makes me want to buy that book. And this cover isn't exactly grabbing me either. So I may not be getting Superboy ... or if I do I will have a quick trigger to dump it. Too much Matrix here. Too much Sark from Tron here. This is all too bad because the Johns/Manapul Superboy stories in Adventure were great and Jeff Lemire's take on the character was unique and interesting. I didn't care about Conner before those stories. Will I care now?
When will the official announcements for the Super books happen? Today?
It's a whole new DCU world. I just don't know if I am going to like it.