Grant Morrison Leaving Action Comics and SuperHero Stories For Creator-Owned Work



Action Comics #16 will be the last that sees Grant Morrison on as writer.

In an interview with CBR, Morrison announced that he is leaving the Superman book behind as well as Batman Incorporated with issue #12, and superhero comics in general.

The “Action Comics” run concludes with issue #16, “Batman Incorporated” wraps up my take with issue #12, and after that I don’t have any plans for monthly superhero books for a while. “Multiversity” is eight issues and I’m 30-odd pages into a Wonder Woman project but those are finite stories.

I’m not saying that I’ll never write superheroes again. It’s just that my relationship to them has changed especially after finishing the book and I’m not sure if I want to maintain the same kind of relentless level of production.

So what will Morrison be doing?

His creator owned stuff, as well as exploring “the opportunities that keep coming up to write novels and screenplays.”

Regarding Morrison’s own comics, next up is Happy, described by Morrison as:

I’ve always wanted to try a crime story. I wanted to do my take on that type of book – the hard-boiled anti-hero and the mafia villains and all that but I never had a strong enough story hook. I was looking for a way to put my own stamp on the genre and it finally clicked with “HAPPY!”

Morrison also comments on the recent shift of the comic book industry to creator-owned, noting Image Comics in particular.

But there’s definitely some kind of centrifugal movement away from the mainstream toward new and more personal, expressive, creator-owned stuff, and I think it’s partly because cinema has appropriated so much of the stuff we’ve been doing in comics for the last thirty years. Movie superheroes finally look better than their comic book counterparts. And creative people are more informed and want to own their ideas, and to be able to protect them or profit from them. The audience has developed a fresh appetite for new characters and stories which is driving a shift toward those kinds of stories again. Writers and artists are experimenting again. The future’s back and you could feel the floodgates opening at Image this year, in particular. It seems like everybody’s got something new coming out.