New ‘Action Comics’ And ‘Superman’ Creative Teams Announced For 2021

by Olly MacNamee

Incoming new creatives, writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artists Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur will be teaming up for a two-part tale running between Action Comics and Superman following the DC Future event of January and February. With Kennedy Johnson staying on as the new writer for both Superman and Action Comics after that.

Called ‘The Golden Age’ it will be complimented with an all-new back-up series called ‘Tales of Metropolis’ too. Writer Sean Lewis and artist Sami Basri tell a story that follows Jimmy Olsen on a quest to meet of some of the city’s more colorful denizens, beginning with Bibbo Bibbowski! While, over on Superman we’ll be getting a tale by Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad and Michael Avon Oeming. This will be a continuation of the Midnighter story that Cloonan and Conrad started in DC Future State.

But, more on what to expect from ‘The Golden Age’ main storyline:

“In ‘The Golden Age’ part one on March 9 (Superman #29), Jonathan Kent is back from the 31st Century and fighting cosmic threats alongside his legendary father. But when an interdimensional breach opens near Earth, Jon recognizes the creatures that emerge: the cosmic leviathans that the Legion of Superheroes credit with the Death of Superman!”

“Then in “The Golden Age” part two on March 24 (Action Comics #1029), as Superboy desperately tries to save Superman’s life from the leviathans of the Breach, Superman discovers the Breach’s shocking origins. But with his powers mysteriously fading, he is utterly outmatched. Can Superboy change the course of history and save his father’s life? Don’t miss this prelude to DC’s massive Superman event!”

But that’s not all. In the months following ‘The Golden Age’ Kennedy Johnson will continue writing both Superman and Action Comics with new  artists Scott Godlewski (on Superman) and Daniel Sampere (on Action Comics) before reuniting with Future State: Superman: Worlds of War co-creator Mikel Janín on a special Superman project that has yet to be announced. But, Kennedy Johnson did have some words to share on his new prestige writing gig and his plans moving forward:

“The work I’m doing now with Phil Hester, Scott Godlewski, and Daniel Sampere is already some of my favorite of my career. All three are wizards on the page, and the massive event that we’re building up to in Action Comics is a considerably bigger swing than I ever expected to get in comics. It’s no exaggeration to say it will change Superman’s status quo forever and have a lasting impact across the entire DC Universe. The already iconic Future State: Superman: Worlds of War artwork that you’ve seen from Mikel Janín in recent months is just the tip of the iceberg of what he and I have planned together. Stay tuned, you will NOT want to miss what’s coming.”

Good-bye Brian Michael Bendis, hello Phillip Kennedy Johnson. There seems to changes aplenty happening at DC Comics in 2021. And, as ever, we’ll keep ’em peels for you.

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