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JMS on WONDER WOMAN & SUPERMAN!!!

Hey folks, Ambush Bug back with an update. Turns out WONDER WOMAN is getting a jolt of life again with JMS taking over as writer. And he’s writing SUPERMAN as well. In July, with issues #601 and #701, JMS will be adding his visionary storytelling talents to WONDER WOMAN and SUPERMAN respectively.
Here’s what Alex Segura and JMS himself has to say about it:

It's go time, folks.
Starting in July with SUPERMAN #701 and WONDER WOMAN #601, superstar writer J. Michael Straczynski - a man who's created layered and compelling characters and worlds on the big screen, on television and across the comic book spectrum - dives head-first into the DC Universe by taking the ongoing writing reins for two-thirds of the fabled DCU trinity.
We'll have more details about who'll be teaming with JMS on both titles - not to mention the exciting new directions he'll be pointing our heroes toward - in the coming months. But today is about JMS and how he sees these great characters and what they stand for.
Later today we'll be posting an essay from the writer, nailing in a few paragraphs what makes the Man of Steel and Wonder Woman such important parts of our cultural mythology. In my day-to-day here at DC, I see a lot of amazing things cross my desk. Images, new titles, plot directions, you name it. But this essay is something special. It had me rooting for these characters in a whole new way. It's that good.
But before we get there, let's touch base with JMS about this news. Take it away, sir:
"For as long as I've been doing conventions (starting in the early Cretaceous period, when it was just me and a handful of pterosaurs on a panel debating whether or not mammals with opposable thumbs were really necessary to the writing of quality comics, a point still hotly debated today), there has always been the same question from folks in the audience: "Is there any one character who is your dream character to write for?" The answer has always been the same: Superman. When I first came over to DC, that dream was realized in part by Dan DiDio's gracious invitation to write the first of potentially many Superman original graphic novels. Now the dream has come fully true with the opportunity to write for the mainstream title, in a story that returns Superman to his roots in a way that will have the whole country talking about him in ways that we haven't seen in a long time.
Similarly, the chance to write Wonder Woman - the nearest analogue to Superman in the DCU - is massively exciting. She's a vital, powerful character, and we hope to bring a more contemporary sensibility to her character will retaining everything that makes her unique.
That DC is willing to jump-start these two runs in the pages of their respective anniversary issues is a great opportunity and a vote of confidence in what we have planned for these characters. I'm looking forward to this with more excitement than words can convey.
It's gonna be a blast."

Read more about it here!


Starts tomorrow!
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  • March 8, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    by Dave I

  • March 8, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Will JMS leave ...

    by MldMnnrdRprtr

    Will JMS leave when DiDio pressures him to write Superman making a deal with Darkseid to save Ma Kent and thereby lose his marriage with Lois?

  • March 8, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    2nd?

    by Dave I

    Unintentional 1st. Anyway, could be interesting. Actually, could be, maybe, just the right fit for Superman. I'd like to see JMS' take on situations that could be cerebral approaches to seeking out vulnerabilities in Superman. Since he's invulnerable, I always like stories that look at what he cares about or that attack him in a way where it's a catch-22 and explore his psyche AND have great action. Sometimes with Spider-Man he got too introspective (just my opinion and I haven't read ALL of his Spider-Man stuff to be fair), but if he could find a balance I think that kind of approach with Kal-El could be more compelling to read about.<p><p>-Cheers

  • March 8, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Damn — The End of Superman

    by optimous_douche

    Since JMS doesn't finish his series, does this mean that Superman will end with issue 705?

  • March 8, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    MMR . . . Ouch!

    by Dave I

    Don't say that. Somebody might take that idea and run with it.<p><p>-Cheers

  • March 8, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Ben Caldwell and Nina Jaffe would be

    by Dingbatty

    better on Wonder Woman.

  • March 8, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    I

    by EliSnow

  • March 8, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    JMS most overrated guy in Geekdom...

    by ratpack223

    ...only geeks know him.

  • March 8, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    am sick of JMS

    by EliSnow

    Other than Midnight Nation, JMS's comic stories/runs always start off great, but either finish badly, or finish poorly. I loved Rising Stars, Spider-man and The Twelve when he started on them. But he doesn't execute properly on his stories

  • March 8, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Oops

    by EliSnow

    I meant to say that his stories finish poorly or don't finish at all (The Twelve).

  • March 8, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Also just in...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...Clark Ken't identity as Superman revealed and Superman becomes mob boss. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman revealed to be Earth's "Wonder Elemental" and grows spikes out of her forearms. Eventually, deal with Devil is made reverting everything back to the way it was 20 years ago except everyone stops reading Superman and Wonder Woman.

  • March 8, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Wonder Woman - Won More Day

    by ArcherNX01

    But I disagree with Ratpack, I'm thinking he's been supplanted in his "overrated" status by Orson Scott Card.

  • March 8, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Just Remember...

    by THE TRUE PINBACK

    This is the guy who managed to mess up Spider-men, so I wouldn't get TOO excited.

  • March 8, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Only geeks?

    by Glasswalker64

    Sorry ratpack, but anyone commenting on this webstite is automatically a geek. Be proud!

  • March 8, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Is JMS Responsible for messing up Spider-Man?

    by Dave I

    I read it as if he was sort of against/forced into One More Day, or at least how it all reset years of continuity. The Spider-Man totem stuff I wasn't a fan of, but I would not say that screwed anything up more so than offered an alternate theory. Then again, I'm not sure if either is what TTP is talking about.<p><p>I'm just tangentially curious how his writing/direction could balance out with the character of Superman.<p><p>-Cheers

  • March 8, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    In JMS

    by Dave I

  • March 8, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    In JMS Defense . . .

    by Dave I

    At least in part:<p><p>http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=141756<p><p>-Cheers

  • March 8, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    So the books will go offline for 2 years?

    by V'Shael

    While we're waiting for some contract dispute to be sorted? <p>

  • March 8, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    That he is a disciple of Harlan Ellison should

    by Dingbatty

    tell you all you need to know.

  • March 8, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Hopefully...

    by Darklighter

    ...he'll do one of those Spiderman re-do's on Supes and wipe out all this crap New Krypton bullshit. Remember when there was only only one last son of Krypton? Yeah that was cool. Oh and no more Granny Panties on Wonder Woman. That is all...

  • March 8, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    DC keeps dropping the ball with Supes

    by b_ease

    Taking Geoff Johns and Gary Frank off of Action after two arcs will go down as one of the most short sighted descisions in comics history. Completely nonsensical. They produce two of the most heralded arcs in modern history and you take them off after to do a listless origin story. Fail. To make matters worse, after establishing the new characters and themes of the post-IC/FC Superman world (with a new status quo for Supergirl), they immediately upend everything they just built and put Kal in a boring 12 part miniseries where he does nothing resembling super, and have his main titles overtaken by characters no one gives a shit about.

  • March 8, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    b_ease

    by b_ease

    JMJ writing Superman wouldve been good news last year, but after hearing his ideas about Earth One, which sounded exactly like Secret Origin, my excitement has tempered tremendously. Morrison shouldve BEEN writing Superman.

  • March 8, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    In all honesty tho...

    by b_ease

    The Brainiac arc wasnt as mindblowing as most would have you believe. But it was a good start, and seemed to point to truly great Superman stories in the near future.

  • March 8, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    A Thought on OMD . . .

    by Dave I

    While the concept & execution were venomously received, I'd be curious to see how a writer might play with that. MJ remembers it all, correct? Is there any way Marvel will ever let a writer let her discuss that with Peter? Is there any reason she couldn't? You know, tell him about their marriage, their would-be daughter, reignite the feelings they share, eventually lead to a new life together?<p><p>I think this is why I have grown from comics. They assume we can't accept character growth when in fact, at least for me, we thrive on it. I am not turned off by Peter & MJ living (more or less) happily ever after with the normal ups & downs of life. I would be sad but understanding if they got divorced. And eventually, Aunt May has to die. Because she is old and that is inevitably what happens, even if you strike a deal with the devil to heal gun wounds; that does not make her immortal.<p><p>It'll never happen, but I would pay to read about what happens when Aunt May is dying again, for real (no ret-cons, no magic pills, just real life), and Mary Jane brings up that Peter gave up their marriage and daughter to prevent that and it still did not work. I WANT Peter to grow up, make the hard decisions, real consequences. Yes, I want to follow Peter Parker beyond high school and college, into his career/super-hero dynamics, through his marriage and pitfalls, dealing with being a super-hero and having kids, losing Aunt May and any guilt that him causing it on any level might bring with it, I want a real-life solution to this stuff and lasting consequences. You know, like real life.<p><p>I would still love to read about the conversation when MJ has a heart-to-heart, tells Peter his inability to choose their marriage and life together over letting nature take its course cost them their marriage and kept her/their daughter from ever being born, and for Peter to grow up. That could make for some great dialogue and a powerful moment between the two of them, while creating a rift that would prevent them from just getting back together. It's a scene I'd like to see play out except I would like to pretend this kind of dues ex machina crap didn't happen particularly in writing with editors and whatnot. It'd still be a neat read even as a what-if or one-off.<p><p>-Cheers

  • March 8, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    What geekdom needs: JMS & Whedon team up

    by br1947

    for Wonder Woman movie

  • March 8, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Geoff...

    by b_ease

    Is is just me, or is this dude completely out of steam now? Flash Rebirth and Superman Secret Orgin are awful, no two ways around it. And Blackest Night has gone from intriguing to when the hell is this going to end?

  • March 8, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    So he's writing two Superman books?

    by Tall_Boy66

    The Earth One OGN and this one, I guess. Hey, his Thor run pretty much rocked top to bottom, much better than his so-so Spidey run, so looking forward to that.

  • March 8, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Geoff Johns is a 70s/80s era fetishist

    by Tall_Boy66

    Seriously, he drops these reveals of the big bad like "Ah-HA!! It is I!!!!" on the last page and then you have to go scampering to some website to find out he dredged up some 70s or 80s era relic that was killed off in some crossover as the big villain. At least JMS never resorts to that, his stories rise and fall based upon established, known, or even new characters.

  • March 8, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    God I love...

    by tensticks

    how the mere mentiomn of "JMS" makes the fanboys bitch. Bitch, fanboys, bitch! Now dance! Squeal like a pig! You owe more to that man than you will EVER know!

  • March 8, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    (and don't even get me started...)

    by tensticks

    On how much you owe to Harlan Ellison. Bitch all you want. Their names, work and influence will outlast your fanboy pathos.

  • March 8, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    b-ease

    by optimous_douche

    I like secret origins for what it is -- a fresh spin on the old mythology<p> superman is never going away, so if we need refresh this is a fine pass at it. Plus, I love Frank's art.<p> Flash Rebirth, I liked issue 1, but lost me from there. I fault my complete apathy towards Barry Allen (I grew with Wally as Flash) ove Johns' writing.

  • March 8, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    The Twelve

    by nukeboy1970

    Is in the can. It is finished, the scripts turned into Marvel. JMS asked for it not to be solicitated until it was finished. Marvel didn't listen. regardless, JMS has done his part. He left Thor because he got screwed by OMD and didn't want to write Thor as part of a major crossover. It wasn't his decision, so he left the book. I always got the impression that he was promised a hands off book like Brubaker has with Captain America.

  • March 8, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    optimous douche

    by b_ease

    That's the thing about Secret Origin, there's nothing fresh there in my opinion. The dialogue is non-descript and we've seen most of the story beats in some other way, shape, or form already. At least Byrne and Waid actually brought some new concepts to the table. In retrospect, it may have been more impactful if it had been released immediately following Infinite Crisis, before we knew that Superboy was back, Lex grew up in Smallville, etc, but as it stands, all of thought became clear over the past 3 years of Superman stories, rendering SO kinda moot.

  • March 8, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    correction

    by b_ease

    that > thought <last sentence>

  • March 8, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    As far as Flash...

    by b_ease

    I grew up with Wally as well, but never had an attachment to the character of Flash in general. I was willing to become a fan, but the series didnt really didnt make than an option. So I have to chalk that up to Johns.

  • March 8, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Adding Superman and Wonder Woman to the list

    by shutupfanboy

    And for the record Quesada pushed for Brand New Day and Norman be the father to Gwen's kids. And yes, Gwen was coming back to tell Peter something major important before she died.

  • March 8, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Fucking Mon-El!

    by Star Hump

    I went to the library looking for some Superman stuff. I could never pay for a comic. Not one of them is worth 4 bucks. At any rate, they had some fairly recent issues of either the main title or Action, I forget which, and Superman wasn't even in the goddamn issue. It was Mon-El! I'd heard they yanked Supes from his titles (unbelievable) but the replacement is Mon-El?? At DC, they pay you to fail. I need to start submitting scripts. Hmmm...where's my box of crayons?

  • March 8, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Superman Finds Out....

    by cookylamoo

    That his Super-Powers are an illusion created by a Kryptonian Thought Beast. As for Wonder Woman, "Made of clay, is that where you think babies come from?"

  • March 8, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Supreme Power

    by David Cloverfield

    Had the best take on Superman, Luthor and the rest of DC characters in quite a while. Superman's (Hyperion's)biggest enemy is the temptation to act above the law as a god. Luthor (Emil Burbank) enjoyes the freedom and power his intellect gives him to the max - plans within plans within plans, forming, changing by the minute. He's supposed to make the Joker seem harmless. This guy gets it. I have no doubt it'll be great if they give him some freedom.

  • March 8, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    I'D CARE IF HE ACTUALLY FINISHED "THE TWELVE"

    by halsolo

    I don't care for writers who ditch a solid book and leave fans hanging. Besides - NINJA ASSASIN seems to be the barometer we can expect. Whooooooppeeeeeeeee...

  • March 8, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    JMS' Spidey run was mostly good

    by reflecto

    I welcome this but the fangirls will shit because it's not GAAAAIIILLLL SIIIIMMMOOOONNNEEE who's so nice and talks to them and blah blah blah but has written WW into the ground for years.

  • March 8, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Attention idiots bitching about The Twelve

    by nukeboy1970

    The scripts have been turned in. JMS did finish it.

  • March 8, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Forget Wonder Woman's invisible plane

    by Snookeroo

    and give her an invisible costume instead and I'm there.

  • March 8, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Well, I guess I'll have to start reading DC now

    by TheSecondQuest

    Up till now I could only stand reading the occasional Green Lantern or Bat issue. I'll have to give Supes and WW a shot now if JMS is writing it. Then again, whenever any of my other favorite writers have written for DC, the result is often subpar at best and generally dissapointing.

  • March 8, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Dear DC: give the book BACK to Jerry Ordway instead!!!

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Sorry, as much as I liked BABYLON 5 when it was on and all that, I think JMS's comic work has been spotty at best. And I'd echo what others have said that he can start strong, but finish weak -- if finish at all.<p>DC had a great run on SUPERMAN that it's STILL pimping ideas from to this day, back when Byrne did his revamp and he was handling one title and Jerry Ordway handled the other. Ordway then shifted over to the main title when Byrne left and his string for GETTING the character of Superman continued a spot-on track record.<p>I'm not sure where Ordway is these days, he does spot work here and there and seems to have been pushed aside by DC going for younger, hipper people or in the case of JMS, Hollywood names. But if DC was smart they'd ask Ordway to come back -- if nothing else, at least as artist -- to give Superman the boost it needs. I don't need more fucking reflective character bullshit that each new writer brings to the table, which I'm sure JMS will do too based on what I read here. What I need, as I said above, is someone who just "gets" what a kick-ass Superman comic is supposed to be and back in the day Ordway clearly GOT IT.

  • March 8, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Has it realy been that long?

    by VikkiMarsdale

    700 and 600 issues respectively since Byrne and Perez launched the renumbered second volume Superman and Wonder Woman series? Wow, you'll believe time really does fly...

  • March 8, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    The Twelve

    by KazamaSmokers

    Let me guess... he had the flu when he wrote it and he doesn't even remember writing it but it's a masterpiece none the less.

  • March 8, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Using a first initial

    by nostairway

    The only thing more pretentious than a using a hyphenated last name.

  • March 9, 2010, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Yeah, finish The Fucking Twelve, please!

    by Zardoz

    For fuck's sake!

  • March 9, 2010, 5:53 a.m. CST

    The Twelve

    by nukeboy1970

    Marvel fucked up and solicitated it before it was finished. He asked them not to. They did any way. There wound up being a scheduling conflict because of The Changeling and then JMS left Marvel. He turned in the final scripts at the end of last year. It is up to Marvel now to get them out.

  • March 9, 2010, 5:54 a.m. CST

    The Twelve

    by nukeboy1970

    Can you fuckers not read?????? The scripts for The Twelve are done.

  • March 9, 2010, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Hey Nukeboy..

    by Darklighter

    Why didn't he finish the Twelve??!?! Nyuck nyuck nyuck...

  • March 9, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Couple of points of order,,,

    by Mr Jonse

    How OMD went down was Queseda's call, JMS threatened to take his name off it at one point. Also JMS' run on ASM was AWESOME and everything from BND onwards has been shit. Will def give Supes a try if JMS is on board.

  • March 9, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Chris Evans maybe cap. america

    by ORIONgods

  • March 10, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Don't reveal Superman's secret identity.

    by kabong

    Superman needs some change, but don't go for the stupid marketing crap. <P>