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Andy Diggle Exits ACTION COMICS, Tony Daniel Steps Up [Update]

AWhat will these changes mean for the future of the series?

Back at New York Comic Con, it was announced that Andy Diggle would be taking over ACTION COMICS after Grant Morrison with Tony Daniel doing the art. Earlier this month we saw a preview for their first issue, on sale April 3. Their start was pushed back a month when Morrison needed one more issue to finish his run. Now it turns out more changes are on the way.

Earlier today, Diggle stated on Twitter he was leaving the series "for professional reasons."

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No explanation was given as to why or with which issue. What does this mean for the series?

Alex Segura, DC's Executive Director of Publicity tweeted that Tony Daniel will expand his role "and take over as writer and artist for the remainder of the arc."

We'll have to stay tuned to find out if Daniel continues writing after the arc or if another writer will be announced. Here's hoping everyone is happy.

UPDATE

Tony Daniel posted the following on his Facebook page:

"Yes, many have heard, Andy Diggle left Action Comics after the first issue. I can only say I feel bad he made that decision. I think it was the wrong one, but that was his choice to make. For the remainder of the arc I'll be working off his plots to finish out this first arc. So essentially, I become 'scripter' in the credits w/ Andy as 'plotter.' As for myself, I end my short run after I complete this first arc, which ends with issue 21. This was preplanned since last fall as there is another project I'll be taking on, and assisting with, a massive project with DC. I still think people will like this arc and I'm staying as true as I can be to Andy's plans for this story. In the end I hope he'll find it somewhat recognizable as something he took part in."
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Posted By toptom

so i guess, i will not see anymore superman vs some kind of cosmic vampire who is strongh enough to punch him trough the moon...this one hell of a new. (not being sarcastic at all)

hopefully Daniel will remain the artist...

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Posted By sweetesttoaster

Wow. I was actually looking forward to this. I don't even like Superman, but the creative team pulled me in. And now DC pulls this BS. They need to get their sh*t together before I lose all interest in their company as a whole.

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Posted By ILLO_29

@Zeeguy91:

Yep, I'm really looking foward to Snyder/ Lee's Superman Unchained.

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Posted By Saranth

.. What on earth are DC doing? This is being removed from my pull list now; I was really looking forward to Diggle's take.

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Posted By Cavemold

that was quick

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Posted By coolguyr99

@Lvenger: Hopefully his run isn't very long then. I would like to see Justin Jordan on Action Comics.

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Posted By Batnandez

@ILLO_29: that's what I plan on doing and then dropping batman after Harper becomes important

I think I might become a Marvel fan, they are way more consistent than DC, I'll have to change my name though :(

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Posted By lvenger

@coolguyr99 said:

Hopefully Daniels will be better than Morrison.

He won't. I can vouch for that. Daniels' writing is sub par. He's a fantastic artist but his writing skills are sorely lacking. Even if you don't like Morrison's run like I do, Daniels will still drag AC down even more with his writing.

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Posted By JakeN7

WTF!? I was excited that Tony Daniel was going back to the role he excels at: penciller. However, he's not very talented as a writer, and I can't bring myself to pick up a book with him on writing duties. I hope Diggle stays on for at least an arc.

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Posted By Mia26
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Posted By johnkmccubbin91

That's not good

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Posted By coolguyr99

Hopefully Daniels will be better than Morrison.

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Posted By Kesho_Ronin

@Batnandez: To tell you the truth i haven't read or maybe i have but i don't remember.I really like his art,real great artist.Maybe if DC notice that fans are not enthusiastic with the idea that Danieltowrite the story,maybe they will put somebody to help him with story

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Posted By SmashBrawler

God-f*cking-dammit, I was really looking forward to this...

Sigh, I guess Diggle's issues will still be produced, but after that's over... dropped. I can't stand Daniel's writing, it's awful.

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Posted By Zeeguy91

I've been going over his tweets and it seems that Diggle chose to leave Action Comics on his own. Probably because he was so swamped?? Which sucks. I was really looking forward to his run.

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Edited By darknightspideyfanboy

@ILLO_29: same here but ill give Daniel a try i mean for all we know this book could be awesome just like for me geoff john justice league book suck but his Aquaman book imo is awesome

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Posted By Batnandez

@Kesho_Ronin: you obviously have never read a Tony Daniel comic dude can draw but is one of the worst writers out there. His batman run was awful.

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Posted By tomchu

@arnoldoaad said:

@tomchu said:

The awkward moment a writer bails out on a title before the first issue even hits the stands.

specially when his run is being promoted in the newest AC

AKA one of DC's biggest books for one of DC's biggest superhero.

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Posted By BR_Havoc

Wow I guess Diggle did not like the vision DC has for Superman now, then again there showing they have no idea what to do with him. DC has fallen so much since the reboot now the company is a joke the editors have no idea what there doing. A new universe was put in the hands of a team that had Jim Lee on it remember Heroes Reborn? looks like we got the DC version of it.

There is no hope for Superman in the new 52 he has been placed firmly in a long period of mediocrity that DC has no problem with him being in.

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Posted By TDK_88

How many times has this happened since the New52 relaunch now? Eek

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Posted By arnoldoaad

@tomchu said:

The awkward moment a writer bails out on a title before the first issue even hits the stands.

specially when his run is being promoted in the newest AC

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Posted By Zeeguy91

@ILLO_29 said:

This kind of bums me out. I've been trying very hard since the new 52 started to like Superman and this isn't helping. I've already dropped Superman (I love Rocafort's art but he is leaving with issue 20, and I find Scott's writing kine of meh). I was going to stick with action because of the Diggle/ Daniels team up. I dig Daniels (Batman R.I.P especially) art but not so much his writing.

I'm now thinking about dropping both and replacing them with Unchained and Superman/ Batman.

Well, there's Snyder and Pak.

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Posted By leokearon

Another creative Team change?! Seriously can't DC keep any of their creative teams on a comic for any serious period of time

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Posted By Kesho_Ronin

@feargalr said:

@The Stegman said:

@Kesho_Ronin said:

@feargalr said:

@Kesho_Ronin said:

Anythings better than Morrison

That's probably not going to be the most popular comment here lol. I'm also not the biggest Morrison fan, in fact I think the whole Superman corner of the DCU has been pretty awful since the new 52 kicked off so I just want someone new writing a Supes book that will hold me over until Superman Unchained and Superman/Batman drop

Don't get me wrong,i love some of his work.but i don't like what's he done with Action Comics in New 52....sometimes it's confusing and the story doesn't make sense...i like what Lobdell did with Superman

I agree on the Morrison part, he started out great with the Brainiac story..then he got convoluted and weird.

Well actually to be fair, I did love the Superman in jeans that it started out with, and yeah it defiantly got pretty weird. As for Lobdell I was looking forward to that, I do enjoy some of his stuff but I just haven't been digging his Superman (bar the art which has been amazing of course). I find he (Lobdell) is very wordy, he has a freaking amazing artist working with him on that book but there are some pages destroyed with unnecessary dialogue taking up all the real estate

Your right about art,Kenneth Rocafort did boost Lobdell stories

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Posted By CrashBang

And I was really stoked for this. Sigh.

I despise Daniel as a writer; he is so awfully dull, so I think I'll just avoid this completely until a good writer is found.

Also, who gives up on writing Superman?!

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Posted By ILLO_29

This kind of bums me out. I've been trying very hard since the new 52 started to like Superman and this isn't helping. I've already dropped Superman (I love Rocafort's art but he is leaving with issue 20, and I find Scott's writing kine of meh). I was going to stick with action because of the Diggle/ Daniels team up. I dig Daniels (Batman R.I.P especially) art but not so much his writing.

I'm now thinking about dropping both and replacing them with Unchained and Superman/ Batman.

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Posted By tomchu

The awkward moment a writer bails out on a title before the first issue even hits the stands.

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Posted By Projector

Oh DC, you never cease to amuse me.

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Posted By ccraft

Has something like this been resolved? Please say yes :(

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@The Stegman said:

@Kesho_Ronin said:

@feargalr said:

@Kesho_Ronin said:

Anythings better than Morrison

That's probably not going to be the most popular comment here lol. I'm also not the biggest Morrison fan, in fact I think the whole Superman corner of the DCU has been pretty awful since the new 52 kicked off so I just want someone new writing a Supes book that will hold me over until Superman Unchained and Superman/Batman drop

Don't get me wrong,i love some of his work.but i don't like what's he done with Action Comics in New 52....sometimes it's confusing and the story doesn't make sense...i like what Lobdell did with Superman

I agree on the Morrison part, he started out great with the Brainiac story..then he got convoluted and weird.

Well actually to be fair, I did love the Superman in jeans that it started out with, and yeah it defiantly got pretty weird. As for Lobdell I was looking forward to that, I do enjoy some of his stuff but I just haven't been digging his Superman (bar the art which has been amazing of course). I find he (Lobdell) is very wordy, he has a freaking amazing artist working with him on that book but there are some pages destroyed with unnecessary dialogue taking up all the real estate

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Posted By monopolyloser

Craaaaaaaaaap looks like I won't be reading Supes until Snyder's book hits the scene.

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Posted By haydenclaireheroes

LOL He quit already. I don't see a bright future for this series

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Posted By z3ro180

Well this is unexpected !

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Posted By arnoldoaad

@yo_yo_fun said:

This is so unfair!! :/

Well, I liked Batman: Battle for the Cowl and I never read his New 52 Detective Comics but I heard it was terrible.

If this turns out bad, at least we'll have Superman Unchained and Superman/Batman books.

Honestly Battle for the Cowl was the worst thing Daniel has ever written

Tec was really boring and pointless, he is just not a good writer

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Posted By ptigrusmagus

Whoa! I just added this to me sub list! Still going to check it out since Tony is probably my favorite artist but his writing... I think I would rather he just focus on the art!!!

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Edited By yo_yo_fun

This is so unfair!! :/

Why can't Andy Diggle finish at least one dang story arc?!?

Well, I liked Batman: Battle for the Cowl and I never read his New 52 Detective Comics but I heard it was terrible.

If this turns out bad, at least we'll have Superman Unchained and Superman/Batman books.

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Edited By lvenger

@Kesho_Ronin said:

@Lvenger said:

@Kesho_Ronin said:

Anythings better than Morrison

Trust me anything's better than Daniel writing. You'll regret those words once you see how poor a writer Daniel is. Diggle was the best bet to follow Morrison's tough act IMO and Daniels will not even begin to live up to Morrison's standards. This is a complete nightmare. Luckily Snyder's on Unchained so that's something. But Daniel and Lobdell on 2 Superman titles means that Superman's 75th anniversary will fall rather flat now.

Maybe you're right maybe not,will see....but i am looking forward for Snyder/Lee Superman Unchained.I think with Lee's great Art and with Snyder's great storytelling it's going to be one of the best Superman comics

I have plenty of experience reading Daniels' writing on Batman and Detective Comics. And though you don't like Morrison's writing on Action Comics from the sounds of it, Daniels is a whole lot worse in the writing department. A fantastic artist for sure but a sub par writer at best. Unchained is now the fortunate addition to the Superman family since this news leaves 2 not so good writers writing Superman.

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Edited By ccraft

@RedheadedAtrocitus: Agreed, Tony is a great artist, but he does better when he's drawing for a writer. I did like his run on Detective Comics. Was really looking forward to AC...

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Posted By Kesho_Ronin

@The Stegman: Yeah i also liked the brainiac story but as the comic progress it's just started to be confusing

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Posted By arnoldoaad

I think the fact that Daniel is the new writer just says to me that DC, once again, have no freaking idea of what they were suppose to do with this book once Diggle left and just call the first person available

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Posted By Onemoreposter

Hmmm. Well, Daniel is a fantastic artist, and despite a sub-par run on TEC, I'm more than willing to give the guy another chance. He's not an awful writer and he's new to the writing game anyway. I expect him to only get better.

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Edited By johnny_spam

It was good to have Grant Morrison's Action Comics and at least I can check out Superman/Batman but the Superman books are now so terrible. It just seems like DC has no idea how bad they look now.

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Posted By Kesho_Ronin

@Lvenger said:

@Kesho_Ronin said:

Anythings better than Morrison

Trust me anything's better than Daniel writing. You'll regret those words once you see how poor a writer Daniel is. Diggle was the best bet to follow Morrison's tough act IMO and Daniels will not even begin to live up to Morrison's standards. This is a complete nightmare. Luckily Snyder's on Unchained so that's something. But Daniel and Lobdell on 2 Superman titles means that Superman's 75th anniversary will fall rather flat now.

Maybe you're right maybe not,will see....but i am looking forward for Snyder/Lee Superman Unchained.I think with Lee's great Art and with Snyder's great storytelling it's going to be one of the best Superman comics

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Posted By Mbecks14

Such bizarre news.

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Posted By The Stegman
@Kesho_Ronin said:

@feargalr said:

@Kesho_Ronin said:

Anythings better than Morrison

That's probably not going to be the most popular comment here lol. I'm also not the biggest Morrison fan, in fact I think the whole Superman corner of the DCU has been pretty awful since the new 52 kicked off so I just want someone new writing a Supes book that will hold me over until Superman Unchained and Superman/Batman drop

Don't get me wrong,i love some of his work.but i don't like what's he done with Action Comics in New 52....sometimes it's confusing and the story doesn't make sense...i like what Lobdell did with Superman

I agree on the Morrison part, he started out great with the Brainiac story..then he got convoluted and weird. 
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Posted By Kesho_Ronin

@feargalr said:

@Kesho_Ronin said:

Anythings better than Morrison

That's probably not going to be the most popular comment here lol. I'm also not the biggest Morrison fan, in fact I think the whole Superman corner of the DCU has been pretty awful since the new 52 kicked off so I just want someone new writing a Supes book that will hold me over until Superman Unchained and Superman/Batman drop

Don't get me wrong,i love some of his work.but i don't like what's he done with Action Comics in New 52....sometimes it's confusing and the story doesn't make sense...i like what Lobdell did with Superman

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Posted By tiocoy

meh... Action Comics is now off my pull list... love Tony's art... but without Andy...

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Posted By lvenger

@Kesho_Ronin said:

Anythings better than Morrison

Trust me anything's better than Daniel writing. You'll regret those words once you see how poor a writer Daniel is. Diggle was the best bet to follow Morrison's tough act IMO and Daniels will not even begin to live up to Morrison's standards. This is a complete nightmare. Luckily Snyder's on Unchained so that's something. But Daniel and Lobdell on 2 Superman titles means that Superman's 75th anniversary will fall rather flat now.

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Posted By RedQueen

0.0 What happened there?

Huh.