Phillip Kennedy Johnson Named New ‘Superman’ and ‘Action Comics’ Writer

Phillip Kennedy Johnson has always wanted to write Superman ever since he watched Joe Donner’s original Superman film, and he will now get his opportunity as the new writer on Superman and Action Comics starting this March.

Johnson praised the outgoing writer, Brian Michael Bendis, stating that “I can’t begin to describe what an honor it is to be writing Superman and Action Comics, especially following one of my industry heroes, Brian Michael Bendis…My goal for every issue will be to give readers that same physical reaction, and the same lofty aspirations that Superman inspires: the desire to be better than we are, and to do more than the world thinks we can do.”

Kennedy Johnson’s first issue (and he is joined by artists Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur for the two-part opening salvo) will be Superman #29 and will feature Jonathan Kent (just back from the 31st Century) who discovers 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!”

“The Golden Age” storyline continues in part two with Action Comics #1029 as Superboy tries to save his father’s life from the leviathans of the Breach, just as Superman discovers the Breach’s surprising origins, which serves as a prelude to the next major Superman event series (and he will be joined by his Future State: Superman: Worlds of War co-creator Mikel Janín on the mystery project).

Following “The Golden Age” two-part crossover, Phillip Kennedy Johnson will continue writing both Superman and Action Comics with artists Scott Godlewski (Superman) and Daniel Sampere (Action Comics). Kennedy Johnson is thrilled to be working with such top-tier artists on the comics, saying that “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.”

Superman #29 goes on sale on March 9, followed by Action Comics #1029 (check out Phil Hester’s “clean” cover pictured below) on March 24.

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