Alex Segura of DC Comics has announced that starting on July 1st, J. Michael Straczynski will be writing the flagship books for two members of the fabled DCU trinity, Superman and Wonder Woman. DC will announce the names of those who will be teaming with JMS on these titles, and the new directions these fabled heroes will be taking over the next few months.
In a statement posted on DC’s The Source blog JMS talked about what the opportunity to write the flagship title for the Man of Steel means to him: “For as long as I’ve been doing conventions (starting in the early Cretaceous period, when it was just me and a handful of pterosaurs on a panel debating whether or not mammals with opposable thumbs were really necessary to the writing of quality comics, a point still hotly debated today), there has always been the same question from folks in the audience: “Is there any one character who is your dream character to write for?” The answer has always been the same: Superman. When I first came over to DC, that dream was realized in part by Dan DiDio’s gracious invitation to write the first of potentially many Superman original graphic novels. Now the dream has come fully true with the opportunity to write for the mainstream title, in a story that returns Superman to his roots in a way that will have the whole country talking about him in ways that we haven’t seen in a long time.”
And he seemed almost as excited to be penning the Wonder Woman title (which Gail Simone is leaving to write Birds of Prey): “Similarly, the chance to write Wonder Woman — the nearest analogue to Superman in the DCU — is massively exciting. She’s a vital, powerful character, and we hope to bring a more contemporary sensibility to her character will retaining everything that makes her unique.”