All it took was a fleeting email notification to grab our attention so hard it knocked the sloppy sandwich out of our greasy mouths. One brief, quickly-deleted press release that was mis-scheduled.
Per our source at DC Entertainment, one of the previously unannounced Rebirth titles will feature a character that so recently was shit on by Zach "All Style No Substance" Snyder: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen.
Really, this works perfectly within the parameters dictated by Rebirth, wherein DC Comics' vast character history (previously entwined back into canon sloppily via Convergence) will be revisited, and resurrecting this title only serves to reinforce the notion.
I'm a big collector of the series, which ran from 1954 to 1974 over the span of 163 issues, and relish the manic adventures of Jimmy and Clark screwing around with a variety of Golden Age notions, so this seems to be right up my ally. The tone, per the release, will be similar to DC You's Bizarro title, where Olsen was a mainstay and co-protagonist with Superman's strange counterpart.
Linked to the series as artist is former Batgirl revolutionary Babs Tarr, whose cartoonish art and expressive fun mesh perfectly with the boisterous young photojournalist. One can only imagine the interactions with Jimmy as a cross-dressed lady, or Jimmy as leader of a biker gang, perpetrated by Tarr's incredibly deft pencils.
Following Tarr on art duties is rumored to be award-winning color wizard Jordie Bellaire, whose manipulation of pallets to display emotion will be an uncanny fit for the title, and phenomenally-named inker Wade Von Grawbadger (not an April Fool's joke - that's his name) to give it a sharper look on paper.
Our source's presser also alluded to the writer of the series, and it's as close to a pitch-perfect pairing as we've ever seen....IF it's true: Chip Zdarsky.
On Howard the Duck, Zdarsky has established himself as a fan of older continuity and extremely sharp comedic pacing, and being able to mix the two seamlessly. On Jughead he's shown that he can cultivate a young character who is somewhat removed from everyday life. This seems like the recipe for one James Bartholomew Olsen.
Like most of DC's Rebirth titles, this seems to be the best possible creative team to be assigned to this book: each creator brings something different to the table, a joy to their art, that should shine a perfect light on such a brutally under-utilized character, and may even perhaps see the DC cinematic universe undo such a horrific mistake (which, if the rumors about Suicide Squad reshoots are true, Warner Bros may seriously consider).
So, if you'll excuse me, I have to go re-bag and board my colletion, and desperately try to nam more back issues while they're still relatively cheap.