Oh boy. This one hurts like you wouldn’t believe. Grant Morrison, the Glasgow-born supernatural psychedelic comics scribe who has been working on his Batman epic since 2006 and more recently re-launched Superman’s early days in Action Comics, has decided to end his relationships with The Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader to work on more creator-owned material. As detailed in an interview with Comic Book Resources, Morrison is ending his run with Batman Incorporated at #12 and Action Comics with #16.
All good things must come to an end, and I knew that Morrison would part ways with Bruce Wayne someday. Grant Morrison gave the grim and gritty Dark Knight a breath of fresh air that incorporated the silly and more outlandish elements of the Silver Age of comic books. A story arc that grew beyond its initial premise and spanned multiple titles, Morrison’s Batman tale introduced the Son of the Batman, the death and return of Bruce Wayne and a Joker who for all intents and purposes encapsulates the insane character’s entire publishing history. Morrison took a mythic character that I loved and made his perceived weaknesses (camp and light-heartedness) into unexpected strengths. It’s a real masterpiece and I will miss his world of Batman when he leaves.
Morrison leaving Action Comics will be a loss for DC Comics as well. The book is far from perfect, but it has been the best attempt to make Superman relevant in the company’s relaunch “The New 52.” Without Morrison at the helm, I fear that The Man of Tomorrow will once again become The Man of Yesterday; and the greater DC Universe will suffer for it.
Grant Morrison is crazy person, make no mistake. With a regular regiment of drug use and alleged abduction by aliens, he is coo coo for cocoa puffs in a major way. Even so, the guy is kind of a genius when it comes to his work. He isn’t retiring from comic books completely, and admitted that he may come back to the superhero books someday. Beyond his great work on superheroes like Animal Man, X-Men, Batman and Superman he does have a pretty great collection of non-superhero work with great books like Seaguy, The Invisibles and Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery. His bestseller semi-autobiography Supergods is also a fascinating insight into his marvelous mind and his view on the men in tights. So if you’d like to have your mind blown by one of those silly comic books that your favorite summer movies are inspired by, I suggest picking up anything by Grant Morrison.