Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. taking over Superman this summer

Via their DC ALl Access video series DC has confirmed that the new team on Superman will be writer Geoff Johns and artist John Romita Jr.

You may recall that last summer JRjr went on something of a charm campaign, basically telling everyone he was available, now that his Marvel contract was over. DC has been after him for years, so giving him a marquee gig like this is no surprise.

IGN has the confirmation interview:

JRJR: Honestly, the only thing I can do is stay within myself on this. I’ve said before, I’m a little bit intimidated for the soul purpose that there are so many people who have done it before me, and done it very well — exceptionally well, iconic versions. So if you concentrate too much, you feel like you’re following a Hall of Famer in a position on a baseball field. You can’t do that. So all I can do is do the best I can do. One of the things I can do as well as other people is tell a story. That actually makes my artwork look better. So if the storytelling is there, the artwork will be there. But I can’t look at myself as trying to compete with the guys before me. I’d go out of my mind. So I will honestly stick to what I can do best, and hopefully the rest will work.

GJ: So going in and analyzing John’s art and taking it all in and sitting with that for awhile was where the story started to come. What kind of story is going to best pair up with what I think John does the best? So the story really developed around that and around some discussions John and I had. I don’t think we want to talk too much about the story and specifics yet because it’s so early, but it will introduce a new character, and it will kind of reset Superman and his universe in the New 52. I think we’ve got a lot of great ideas that we’ve never seen before in a Superman book. One in particular that John threw out was — I guess it ended up being a very casual thought, but then it turned into such a hinge to our entire storyline, and it developed in a way that I never expected it to.


And here’s the art preview:

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Comments

  1. It’ll be cool to see JRJr’s take on the DC Universe…kind of a bummer he’s saddled with the overly fussy New 52 costume, though.

  2. It’ll be fascinating to see how this title interacts with Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder’s already fairly well regarded run on Action Comics. Hopefully they’ll exist in their own vacuums, ala how Unchained and Action currently are.

  3. Snikt Snakt says:

    Its a shame JRjr’s talents are wasted on the awful nu52 version…he missed his chance on the “real thing”, years ago, by staying put at Marvel for so long.

  4. These 2 sketches certainly capture the grim, ‘don’t bug me’ Superman.

  5. Johnny Memeonic says:

    John Romita Jr on Superman and we don’t even get to see him draw the real Superman. What a waste.

  6. I want to see an inter-company crossover where Superman’s current terrible costume fights Captain America’s current terrible costume, and both costumes die, and we never have to see them again.

  7. Carlos says:

    JrJr <<< Kenneth Rocafort.

  8. I’ll be sticking with the Greg Pak series, thanks.

  9. I really hate his art as everything looks like it is carved from wood.

  10. Agreed on the Interlocking Floor Tile Costume — but JRJR is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and Johns does the new/old thing better than anyone — looking forward to it.

  11. At least the crappy stories will look nice. I guess that’s all that matters.

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