CREDIT: DC Comics
The new Superman and Wonder Woman creative teams as DC relaunches its comics in June feature some familiar names — including Dan Jurgens, Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott — as well as some new faces, including a Chinese Superman and a new character named Superwoman.
Dan Jurgens will work with Patrick Zircher, Tyler Kirkham and Stephen Segovia on the twice-monthly Action Comics (and Jurgens is also listed as the writer on Batman Beyond). He mentioned that Action will be the first comic to make it to Issue #1000. Pictured on the cover were Superman, Lex Luthor (in his new Super-suit), Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Hal Jordan, Batman and Parasite.
“Lex Luthor does become a Super-Man soon,” Johns said, adding that the first issue will tie into Rebirth.
“This is going to be the story of Superman, Lois and Jon that we have seen in Lois Clark [the story Jurgens has been writing about the pre-New 52 Superman] coming to Metropolis. But prior to that, Lex Luthor has declared himself the Super-Man of Metropolis. And that’s kind of what gets Superman there.”
The first storyline will be “Path of Doom,” with a character named Doomsday and a mysterious guest called Clark Kent — and “it’s not the way you think,” Jurgens said.
Gene Yang will work with on the July-launching New Superman, a monthly title, with artist Viktor Bogdanovic. The comic will feature a Superman in Chinese culture. A character named Kenji Kong gets infused with Superman’s powers — but the powers also infuse his heart.
Steve Orlando will write the September-launching Supergirl, working with artist Brian Ching. “With Supergirl it’s all about the things that make classic Superman comics,” Orlando said. “At the same time, we’re talking about what makes Supergirl different from Superman… Her experience as an outsider, I think, makes her unique.”
The comic will start with a storyline called “The Cyborg Superman,” who is actually Zor-El. He offers Supergirl the opportunity to be back on Krypton, but Orlando said that may end up being her worst nightmare.
Trinity will be written and drawn by Francis Manapul and will launch as a monthly in September.
Superwoman will feature a new character and will be written and drawn by Phil Jimenez, with help on art from Emanuela Lupacchino. It will launch as a monthly in August.
Superman, a June-launching book that will ship twice monthly, will reunite Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, this time as co-writers, and will feature art by Gleason and Doug Mahnke.
Artists Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott will be working with writer Greg Rucka on the June-launching monthly title Wonder Woman. “I wanted to bring a mythic history to it and really make it feel authentic,” Sharp said.
Rucka, who’s returning to Wonder Woman, said the book will tell two separate but simultaneous stories — one contemporary and one that tells the character’s past. The even numbered issues will be called “Wonder Woman: Year One” by Scott, with the odd number issues telling the story, “Wonder Woman: The Lies,” apparently clarifying the character’s convoluted history and featuring Sharp’s art.