COMICS: Grant Morrison To Leave ACTION COMICS And BATMAN INCORPORATED

Depending on whether or not you're a fan of Grant Morrison, this will either come as very good or very bad news. The writer has confirmed that he is leaving superhero comics behind and wrapping up his runs on DC's Action Comics and Batman Incorporated.

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By Josh Wilding - 7/24/2012
In a lengthy interview with Comic Book Resources, Grant Morrison has revealed that he is leaving behind superhero comic books in order to concentrate on his other projects (more details on which can be found by clicking on the link below). The writer is known for telling rather convoluted and often confusing stories which some fans love and others hate. For that reason, this is likely to come as either good or bad news, while the future of the two titles he currently writes for DC (Action Comics and Batman Incorporated) remains unknown.

"The idea was always that I'd keep doing it as long as it gave me a lot of pleasure and allowed me to express myself . And it still does, but I can see the end coming closer. I'm coming to the end of long runs and stories I've had planned in my notebooks for years and the stuff I’m developing now is quite different."

"The "Action Comics" run concludes with issue #16, "Batman Incorporated" wraps up my take with issue #12, and 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."


Batman Incorporated is the brainchild of Morrison and a result of a story has been telling for years, so some sort of continuation of that seems unlikely (especially when there are arguably too many Batman titles as it is). Action Comics on the other hand is one of DC's main books and many fans have already started a fairly vocal campaign for Scott Snyder (Batman) to take over writing duties. Sound off with your thoughts in the usual place!

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HavocPrime - 7/24/2012, 6:57 AM
Interesting, matbe with him gone Superman's own comic may actually get some breathing room in what they can do.
KillerSE7EN - 7/24/2012, 6:59 AM
Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth was an amazing graphic novel and maybe my personal favorite of all time
AlSimmons - 7/24/2012, 7:01 AM
^and the majority of his work has been crap ever since.
Tomontherun99 - 7/24/2012, 7:05 AM
Morrison's writing is not for everyone (See @SteveRogersSon for proof of that) but for those of us who enjoy his work this is a shame. I hope that the next writers on Action Comics and Batman Inc, if they do decide to continue on with it as it is a fairly interesting concept, will be worthy follow-ups.
DukeAcureds - 7/24/2012, 7:06 AM
KillerSE7EN@ Same.
Grant is one of the best in the business. Invisibles all the way, yo. But, when he [frick]s up, he [frick]s up royally and you just can't dop that on a superhero comic. So, this is probably good news.
I mean, Batman Incorporated #2 had a very accurate retelling of all the early Ra's Al Ghul stories, from the '70s and early '80s. But this is The New 52. A chance to streamline things. He doesn't seem to get that. His shit just doeasn't add up here.
Damien is a teenager and was concieved while Bruce was Batman, but Bruce has only been Batman for 5 years? Really?!
pepe - 7/24/2012, 7:07 AM
Man is bald...
bathead - 7/24/2012, 7:08 AM
Morrison seems to be hit or miss with me. I loved the start of his run on Batman. Serously, everything up throu Batman RIP was pretty awesome. Then Final Crisis ruined it.....lame. I'm glad he's taking a break. Maybe he will get some new great ideas and come back to us.
Tomontherun99 - 7/24/2012, 7:09 AM
@DukeAcureds Until we get a proper explanation for all these weird little timeline issues like how all the Robins fit in and everything I'm just blaming it all on wibbley-wobbley timey-wimey stuff
DukeAcureds - 7/24/2012, 7:10 AM
I mean wouldn't it have made more sense to have Bruce train with Ra's, Batman Begins style and conceive Damien, with Talia, during this period? Come on Grant, a monkey could sort this crap out.
DukeAcureds - 7/24/2012, 7:13 AM
Tom@ Wibbley-wobbley timey stuff. That's a Grant Morrison concept, if ever I heard one. Although Didio has supposed to have decreed a stop to any wibbles, wobbles or Timewimes, hasn't he?
ATrueHero1987 - 7/24/2012, 7:14 AM
Yea, I heard that people either really like his writing or really hate it. So far for me, I liked his Batman Inc. even though I've read the first 2 issues.
Shadowelfz - 7/24/2012, 7:15 AM
As a person who loves Superman and Action Comics and hates Grant Morrision I have to say...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MarkV - 7/24/2012, 7:16 AM
Say what you will about Morrison, but his All Star Superman is right up there with Dark Knight Returns and the Sandman run. Right up the top with the best comics of all time.
superotherside - 7/24/2012, 7:17 AM
I think that it would be nice for DC to show how exactly the continuity works between the books. Like if Action Comics is happening the same time as Batman, Nightwing etc. Then when does the Justice League come together? When is Batman TDK set in the time frame? Is it the same as Detective Comics? Honestly though, I wish they would only do one or two books on Batman. Same with Superman. Wish they also had of stayed with the time frame of Action Comics and Batman, so we wouldn't have all these continuity issues.
xstryker - 7/24/2012, 7:19 AM
Agreed KillerSeven. "Enjoy yourself out there... in the asylum."
cmax - 7/24/2012, 7:21 AM
@superotherside

DC doesn't understand the meaning of the word continuity.
Tomontherun99 - 7/24/2012, 7:24 AM
@DukeAcureds Doctor Who actually, but both are just as bat-sh*t insane as each other. But yeah, Didio said none of the crisis events happened so things like the reality punch and other such oddities can't justify what's happening. I guess we just have to trust DC to know what they're doing and hope for the best. I'm guessing that Damien is an age-accelerated clone, Dick met Bruce before he became Batman and they trained together and that Batman may have had two or even 3 Robins simultaneously.
DarkArts - 7/24/2012, 7:27 AM
His ideas are things that make sense to him and a few others but they usually dont belong.
He seems to want to inject change just to leave a signature and build his name up. But the changes are rarely good for the future of the comics he's chosen to write.
Perhaps he should create a line of Homoerotic Heroes and write of a world he seems to yearn for.
Grant Morrison's "All Gay Comics" "The Gayest League In America" "The Backsiders"
Asterisk - 7/24/2012, 7:37 AM
Grant Morrison is a strange, strange man, but he's starting to grow on me. I'm reading All Star Superman right now, and...I dig it. I really do. I also thought the Batman And Son arc was really good.

I still hate Final Crisis though. I'm gonna reread it though, see if it makes more sense.
Asterisk - 7/24/2012, 7:38 AM
And why is DC hiring Scott Lobdell to write everything?
DarkArts - 7/24/2012, 7:38 AM
@cipher Batman RIP was just a gimmick. And it was very poor as well, just as the lead in story was.
The Death And Returns of Superman, Batman and Captain America and perhaps more, all had the same plot.
DarkArts - 7/24/2012, 7:40 AM
@Asterisk Maybe it's Jim Lee. Bob Harras, and the untalented Liefeld seem to be benefiting well after Lee became CO-EIC.
Intothepoop - 7/24/2012, 7:41 AM
his action comics run has sucked. i kept thinking "oh he must be layering in small details like he did for batman rip", APPARENTLY NOT. this gives me more reason to drop his book and check out lobdell's superman.
BackwardGalaxy - 7/24/2012, 7:41 AM
I think it's pretty crappy that they went to the trouble of BRINGING BACK Batman Inc., which is Morrison's thing, even though it makes little sense to have it in the new 52, and now he's leaving anyway. But, hey, if they guy doesn't want to do it anymore, we'd probably just end up with not very good stories from a creator whose heart wasn't in it anymore.
Tevii - 7/24/2012, 7:41 AM
YES! excellent news about Action Comics.

However I think they should cancel Batman Inc altogether. Bruce Wayne is supposed to be special, someone driven and obsessed. Not just some guy in a Batsuit. and thats ALL Inc. is. It shows that ANYBODY can be batman with the gadgets.
Asterisk - 7/24/2012, 7:42 AM
Asterisk - 7/24/2012, 7:45 AM
@itbegins2005
And can you believe Warner Bros. wanted Darren Aronofsky to make Man of Steel?! That's the equivalent.

@darkmetal
I agree, it's probably Lee. That sucks too, because Lee is one of my favorite artists in comics.
ATrueHero1987 - 7/24/2012, 7:52 AM
For those of you that read it, did y'all like his run on New X-Men??
ralfinader - 7/24/2012, 7:53 AM
@Asterisk - lol

@Grant Morrison - See ya, don't let the door hit your ass on the way out!
ralfinader - 7/24/2012, 7:54 AM
@SteveRodgersSon - oops, phrase!
ralfinader - 7/24/2012, 7:54 AM
@SteveRodgersSon - oops, same phrase!

VicSage - 7/24/2012, 8:00 AM
Morrison is in a group of people that I think either ARE geniuses or WERE geniuses who do fantastic, genre-changing work and then find some way to [frick] it up.. and still manage to be original and interesting. He IS hit and miss. When he HITS, it's genius. When he MISSES.... My GOD he misses. He's up there with George Lucas and Frank Miller and to some extent, Jeph Loeb, to me. Looking forward to what else he has in the future.
xfactor - 7/24/2012, 8:00 AM
@ itbegins good suggestion, i wouldnt mind seeing rucka take the helm from him @ action comics, love him or hate him he made the book pretty good imho. i wouldnt mind seeing scott snyder though i know his books are a bit dark and violent, but i love his work.
but knowing dc that wont happen.
@ mr.eko right on both counts bro
AnonymousGuy - 7/24/2012, 8:04 AM
He's hit and miss, but All-Star Superman made the BIG BLUE BOYSCOUT relevant to me again. Glad Snyder is taking cues from it (the trailer paraphrased it).
DetBullock - 7/24/2012, 8:05 AM
NO!
Well, it means I will have to buy less Batman and Action Comics TPs I suppose.
BmanHall - 7/24/2012, 8:12 AM
Is it just me or does it seem that majority of comic book writing is garbage lately? I feel as if the stories are not as gripping as they use to be when I was younger.
ATrueHero1987 - 7/24/2012, 8:16 AM
On a related note, I've like so far what I've read from the new 52: GL Corps, I Vampire, and Justice League. Still some other titles I need to check out.
jimoakley666 - 7/24/2012, 8:27 AM
Morrison is one of the best in the business and his run on New X-Men was the best thing to ever happen to the X-Books. I'll be eagerly anticipating his next project.

@SteveRogersSon- You seem to be an unrelenting tool when it comes to Morrison. You really do come across as a complete and utter child on the matter, right down to your avatard.

You can't just accept that some people may actually disagree with you and like him as a writer.
MJPETTY7 - 7/24/2012, 8:33 AM
THANK YOU LORD!!!!!!!
JohnnyKrypton - 7/24/2012, 9:07 AM
Ok Grant...but would you mind putting the characters back the way you found them? I like a lot of GM's work, but I don't think his stories always serve the ongoing nature of the characters well (TAKE NOTES, SNYDER).
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