The latest DC Comics related news items for September 22nd - 24th, 2013!
Creator team change for "Forever A.R.G.U.S." mini series!
Another week, another creative team change for a DC Comics project. Creative teams leaving DC Comics books seem to be announced often, from the disturbingly ugly to the fortunately benign. Not even mini series are immune to sudden shifts. USA Today noted that writer Sterling Gates and artist Philip Tan would be the creative team on the six issue mini series which ties into "Forever Evil" and features Wonder Woman's ex Steve Trevor leading his own cabal of characters, including "Firestorm" enemy Killer Frost.
The issue is that the original solicited team was going to be writer Matt Kindt and artist Manuel Garcia, who were announced as attached to the project last summer. Comic Book Resources' interview with Kindt saw the writer claim that he initially told DC brass, "I think I'm too busy," to handle the mini series, but apparently came around. Kindt is best known for "Mind MGMT" for Dark Horse Comics and has since gone on to write a mini series with Marvel Comics instead. There's no bad press about this, just a surprise that roughly a month before "Forever A.R.G.U.S." hits the shelves, the entire creative team has changed from what was originally stated.
Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier take over on "Aquaman"!
A-list DC writer and chief creative officer Geoff Johns is stepping away from another major DC Comics franchise in terms of monthly writing chores. Having recently stepped away from "Green Lantern" after many years, it has been announced that November's "Aquaman #25" will be his final issue. Former Marvel writer Jeff Parker ("Thunderbolts", "Agents of Atlas") has seen more work from DC Comics lately, working on "Batman '66" for their digital comics arm. He's now getting his biggest tier title for a major publisher in a long time as Johns has made "Aquaman" into a top 25 seller. He's joined by artist Paul Pelletier, who is often at home with mainstream superhero series that offer far out locales like Atlantis.
In two interviews, Parker promises to follow up on some of the dangling subplots that Johns left behind, as well as being inspired by over the top 1960's style "Aquaman" comics. That seems to suit the current mentality of DC's top brass fine, as they seem to be eager to relive the childhoods of men in their early 40's. It will remain to be seen if Parker can maintain the revived series as one of DC's top selling products. One also hopes that come December, it won't be announced that something has gone horribly wrong.
Lobo to join Supergirl's rogues gallery?
Tony Bedard ("Blue Beetle", "Green Lantern") is set to take over as the head writer of "Supergirl" in December. His aims are to help establish her own rogues gallery, with the brand new "hunky" version of Lobo being the first one. Artist Yildiray Cinar will join him on the series, who has worked with Bedard before.