Grant Morrison is leaving the superhero genre

Published on July 24th, 2012

Grant Morrison is leaving Action Comics #16, and Batman, Inc.  #12.  As Morrison moves to writing Happy! with Image Comics, he commented that he is more or less done with the superhero genre. Morrison told CBR (comicbookresources).

“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…

“I think I’ve kind of worked through everything I’ve ever felt about these characters. It was a bit like going to the psychiatrist and lying on the couch for just long enough to realize “What was I thinking?” [Laughs] I don’t know. I know there are plenty of different ways to use them, but right now I feel like I’m coming to the end of a long intensive period where I was talking about certain ideas using the language of superheroes, if that makes any sense. I want to try out some new ideas and explore the opportunities that keep coming up to write novels and screenplays.”

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Morrison is my favorite comic writer of all time and well, am I sad that he’s leaving superheroes, yes but I am equally as excited to see what he can do with non-superhero books. I’ve often said that Morrison’s best stuff is not the traditional superhero books, don’t get me wrong I love his Batman and Superman and I think his New X-Men  run was crucial in the world of comics.I  personally can’t wait to see what Morrison has in store for us. Last year I had the privilege to talk to Grant about his book Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human.

Love him or hate him the future is bright for him. I am not worried for Morrison. Grant truly did make an impact in the world of superhero comics and  because of him we will never look at superhero books the same way.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@ComicImpact.com