Babylon 5 creator takes over Superman, Wonder Woman

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Good news for comics fans: Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, who's no stranger to the world of comics, will be taking over DC Comics' Superman and Wonder Woman titles on an ongoing basis, starting in July. (We reported on this a bit earlier.)

That's the news on the DC Comics blog;

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.

Here's what JMS himself had to say:

"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."

Whaddaya think?? Nobody like Joe to revitalize two of the biggest comics franchises around, right?

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