Yesterday, news broke that Grant Morrison would be leaving two big titles at DC Comics, and my not write superhero books again.
In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Morrison stated he would be leaving Action Comics after issue #16, and would exit the popular Batman, Inc. after issue #12. As Morrison moves to writing Happy! with Image Comics, he commented that he is more or less done with the superhero genre.
“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…
“I think I’ve kind of worked through everything I’ve ever felt about these characters. It was a bit like going to the psychiatrist and lying on the couch for just long enough to realize “What was I thinking?” [Laughs] I don’t know. I know there are plenty of different ways to use them, but right now I feel like I’m coming to the end of a long intensive period where I was talking about certain ideas using the language of superheroes, if that makes any sense. I want to try out some new ideas and explore the opportunities that keep coming up to write novels and screenplays.”
There are probably a number of people who are upset about this announcement, but considering Morrison has spent a better part of the last 15 years working on superhero comics, I can understand the need to move to something new.
What is interesting is this is another writer that seems to be moving to more creator owned only titles and projects.