<i><a href=http://www.twitter.com/graemem>By Graeme McMillan, Newsarama Contributor</a></I> <p>The news that Grant Morrison is leaving <b>Action Comics</b> next year will come as a blow to both his fans and DC Comics, particularly as the writer has been the most high-profile creator (as well as the most steady) on a Superman book since last year's New 52 relaunch. <p>With Morrison gone, who will take over directing the life of the Man of Steel? Here are some possibilities and, yes, maybe a little unrealistic wishing, as well. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p> <p>
Handpicked by Morrison to handle the <b>Action Comics</b> back-ups, Sholly Fisch has shown himself to have a good handle on not only the characters in Morrison's run, but also the tone of what the main stories have been doing. <p>He's handling the main strip in October's <b>Action Comics Annual</b> (cover pictured); could that be an audition piece for the ongoing series next year?
With Scott Lobdell taking over the regular <em>Superman</em> title with September's #0, it's not impossible that he'll also jump onto <b>Action</b> when the writer's chair becomes vacant. <p>After all, if his reign on Marvel's many <em>X-Men</em> titles in the 1990s demonstrated anything, it's that he has no problem juggling multiple books and heading up an important franchise when he needs to.
Anyone who read Paul Cornell's pre-New 52 run on <b>Action</b> knows that he can write Superman and his supporting cast with the best of them, but his year-plus on the title never really gave him the chance of cutting loose with the Man of Steel; firstly, he had a year of (wonderful) solo Lex Luthor stories, and by the time Superman eventually returned to the book, it was for the crossover "Return of Doomsday" storyline that reportedly had more than the usual amount of editorial input. <p>Wouldn't it be fun to see what "pure" Cornell Superman would be like...?
A rising star at DC - Consider his <em>Animal Man</em> and <em>Justice League Dark</em> runs, as well as the fact that he was the launch writer for the publisher's <em>National Comics</em> project - Lemire is also a Superman fan, as is clear to anyone that read his <em>Superboy</em> run of a couple years ago. <p>We know that he's reportedly starting a secret project for the publisher... Could that be <b>Action</b>?
Admittedly, this is a bit of a left-turn in terms of suggestions, but come on; anyone who's read Darwyn Cooke's <em>DC: The New Frontier</em> can vouch for the man's ability to come up with the kind of epic superhero stories that should be a core component of <b>Action Comics</b> and his <em>Superman Confidential</em> arc "Kryptonite" suggested an old-school take on the various supporting characters that could be fun to see expanded upon.
While we're on the topic of unlikely, left-field suggestions... Mark Millar has talked, many times, about the fact that Superman would be his dream gig in terms of company-owned characters. <p>Even though he's currently firmly ensconced in the creation of his creator-owned Millarworld empire, could DC manage to tempt Millar who wrote <i>Superman Adventures</i> back in the '90s, based on the animated series back to the fold with the lure of becoming the man in charge of the Man of Steel?
Surely the most obvious choice to follow Morrison, it's been some time almost four years, by this point since DC's biggest writer and chief creative officer has had the chance to control the destiny of DC's arguably biggest character. <p>His hands may be full with <em>Justice League</em>, <i>Aquaman</i> and <em>Green Lantern</em> now, sure, but it's at least possible that Geoff Johns could find the time in his schedule to take on the Man of Steel (especially in the same year as the character's return to movie theaters).
There's something oddly <em>wrong</em> about the idea of Joss Whedon on Superman, for some reason. Maybe because we're used to thinking of Whedon writing about far more fallible, human characters or perhaps because he has seemed much more of a Marvel fan than a DC one. <p>But nonetheless, there's something appealing in that wrongness, if only in the prospect of seeing what he'd do with the character and his world. One thing would be for sure: We'd probably get a pretty great Lois Lane out of the experience.
Michael Chabon's love of the superhero has been evident for many years, even before his love letter to the industry <em>The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay</em> and subsequent Dark Horse series inspired by the book, <i>The Escapist</i>. <p>The closest the Pulitzer Prize-winning author has ever come to the big superheroes, however, has been writing scripts for <em>Spider-Man 2</em> and pitching for the movie versions of both <em>X-Men</em> and the <em>Fantastic Four</em>. Could DC change that by offering him the writing gig for the comic book that started it all? We can but dream...
That Mark Waid has never actually had a run on a regular Superman title the closest he's ever come was the <em>Birthright</em> mini, back in 2003-2004 is the kind of thing that feels like a mistake, an oversight that needs to be immediately rectified. <p>Waid's love for the character has never been anything approaching a secret, and it only takes one look at projects like <em>Insufferable</em>, <em>Incorruptible</em> or <em>Daredevil</em> to know that he's on a roll these days. He's now a three-time Eisner Award winner, thanks to the latter book, so, really DC: What, exactly, is stopping you from making this happen right now?