DC’s The Source reports Monday afternoon that writer Marc Guggenheim’s run on Action Comics has already ended before it began, and instead beginning in June writer Paul Cornell will take over the reins, joining artist Pete Woods and cover artist David Finch.
“I’m proud and honored to be taking on such a historic title,” Cornell says. “It’s particularly great to begin by featuring Lex Luthor, who’s always been one of my favorite characters. So many legendary creators have written this title in the past that I’m giddy and frankly terrified at the prospect of following in their footsteps.”
And what of Guggenheim? Superman Group Editor Matt Idelson explains:
“I’m very bummed to be missing out on this chance to work with Marc who I think would have kicked some serious butt on Action,” he says. “The story he pitched began to evolve into something quite different, something Marc knew would be great, but he had concerns about whether he was the man to write this tale. Rather than do a disservice to the book, the readers and himself, Marc decided to step away from Action, and we both know that sometime in the future, we’ll be collaborating on Superman for sure.
“With Guggs out of the picture, there was only one person to turn to, one writer who could bring this book to those Guggian heights while still making it his own—Paul Cornell. Shockingly, he accepted the challenge. In the short time we’ve been working together, his enthusiasm has blown me away!
DC reports that Guggenheim has already lined up another project at DC, which will be announced at a later date.