The recent announcement of the new creative team on Action Comics following Grant Morrison and Rags Morales as being Andy Diggle and Tony S. Daniel was met with well worthy excitement. That excitement quickly turned to confusion when Diggle dropped the book and while Daniel will be staying on for a few issues, DC has been reticent to announce exactly who the new creative team will be… until now.
In a surprise move, John Byrne will be returning to the Man of Steel with issue 23. The new direction will tie directly into the New Gods story line in Wonder Woman and into the forthcoming Multiversity event directed by Grant Morrison. This is a massive shock to many and what’s even more surprising is that it has been in the works for some time.
Following a Wonder Woman crossover ‘The Rise and Fall of New Geneseis,’ (co-written and drawn by Jerry Ordway who will be taking over from Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang) the time line will be fractured. The resulting series will see the Man of Steel travelling through various iterations of his fictional life, touching upon some plot points that are familiar to readers as well as brand new twists on old ideas.
The time line will be broken, resulting in an array of what Byrne is calling ‘fractal Supermen’ who all embody different takes on the character as he heads toward a new era of greatness. Aloong the way, a New 52 version of the Doom Patrol will be introduced along with a few other surprises.
All of this will culminate in a big reveal this summer when DC will unveil its new Man of Steel series to tie into the motion picture directed by Zack Snyder.
More as it comes… and April Fools.