Jonathan Hickman, who has had acclaimed and best-selling runs at Marvel and Image Comics, is apparently meeting with DC's top brass today.
Hickman's Secret Wars concluded years of meticulously orchestrated storytelling in the Marvel Universe, and fans have since wondered what his next massive undertaking might be.
DC co-publisher Jim Lee fanned the flames this afternoon, tweeting out a photo of his food with a caption indicating that he was plotting world domination with Hickman.
The writer had previously tweeted that he had talked about joining DC, back when the Rebirth publishing initiative started. No book by Hickman materialized at the time, though.
Hickman, a fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes, has periodically been associated with rumors about that property. During an interview at Comic Con International: San Diego last month (seen above), Lee and his co-publisher Dan DiDio danced around giving any specific answers about when the Legion might return.
“I love the Legion, too, and let’s just say that any character or group that’s not out there, there are plans for them,” said Lee. “It’s really a matter of timing and people’s schedules lining up. It’s actually a pretty complicated process. You were talking about Doomsday Clock and Rebirth and this two-year unveiling or wait until the main story: it’s akin to that. You have a lot of people interested in launching these characters and we want to give them the best shot at success, so sometimes that means launching them out of things that are already successful, and finding the right writer, the right artist, and sometimes their schedules aren’t quite aligned, so when all that happens, then that’s when we launch a book. As you know the Legion has been relaunched many, many times, so I think when we come back we’ve got to come back our strongest.”
Certainly it is easy to imagine that a writer as in-demand as Hickman, and one who is used to working with high-profile artists, could fit into the description of having a difficult schedule. That said, one meeting is no guarantee that Hickman is even coming to DC, let alone that is he working on one particular property.