In the last couple of weeks, there’s been a lot of information coming out of the publishers. A number of them made a ton of announcements before the con, which allowed for some questions to be generated for the panels in advance, and others made some interesting tidbits of announcements during said panels. Since then, though, the news still continues to happen – some as conjecture, some as fact, but either way it’s nice to get a hint as to what’s on the horizon without giving away everything. And with that, let’s take a look at some DC news that’s shown up over the last couple of weeks and get your take on what it all means!
DC continues its Digital First run with a number of series, including its brand-new Batman ’66. For those not familiar with this series, it continues the adventures of the Caped Crusaders from the original TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward! Alongside that TV continuation, Smallville continues the story of that series by showing the adventures of Clark Kent after he finally dons the iconic uniform, written by Bryan Q. Miller. Switching to the animated front, we also have Batman Beyond from Kyle Higgins (Nightwing) and Justice League Beyond from Christos Gage (Avengers Academy). Sticking in the vein of animation, we also have the new animated series Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go! on the horizon, along with a nod to the original Bat-duo and one of their most famous team-ups with a series coming out every other month entitled Scooby-Doo Meets Batman and Robin. Adventures of Superman is still on the table and delivering with new stories from a number of creators coming down the pipe, Legends of the Dark Knight follows along the same path, but also a new series based upon Vampire Diaries. L’il Gotham, a fun look at the Bat-family as young kids, was a fun read as well, and it appears that Injustice: Gods Among Us from Tom Taylor is still going strong! What was missing was my favorite digital series – Ame-Comi Girls. No word on its continuation or cancellation, but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled.
He-Man Gets A New Writer
Well, at least for an arc, which is good to hear. There was already surprise and a fear that the book would never finish its original story when James Robinson left the book and handed the reigns to Keith Giffen, but then it was revealed in the October solicits that Giffen was no longer the writer. Well, Giffen is not the writer for an arc of the story but is still slated to return! In his absence, we have Dan Abnett (Battlestar Galactica, Guardians of the Galaxy) taking a run at the Eternians as the Horde still has a grip on Eternia. I’ve found this book to be rather fun so I’m glad it’s an arc, and if Giffen and Abnett want to colaborrate and trade-off regularly as a plan, I’m OK with that! I don’t mind changing creative teams when it makes sense, and if they can make it happen together that would be fantastic!
Justin Jordan Leaves Superboy
Over creative differences, you may guess? You guessed right. Although it was rumored for a while and there was no actual confirmation, it has now been confirmed by Jordan via Twitter:
He is still listed as creator up to at least the October issue (#24), so we will see who takes over the book after that. It should be noted, as Jordan says, that he is still writing Green Lantern New Guardians for DC so it could be as was hinted – a simple issue of Jordan and the editor on the books not meshing for Superboy but it sounds like his GL:NG run is still safe.
And in keeping on the Lantern front…
We had a huge crossover before the New 52 surrounding the Sinestro Corps which led to a little event some like to call Blackest Night. But as Comic Vine noticed a discussion on Twitter which led to Dan Didio indicating that there is a Sinestro Corps series in the works. Until it’s announced for a new series officially, it’s just Twitter-talk and although we can get some creative scoops from the social network we shouldn’t take new announcements as gospel from there. But it’s still nice to hear, as a GL fan – this would take the GL-family of books up to 6!
Barbara Gordon Goes Zero Year
She won’t be Batgirl yet, but DC’s blog has hinted… OK, they have blatantly stated that Barbara Gordon will have an appearance in the “Zero Year” arc ocurring through the main Batman title for the better part of the next year. It sounds like it won’t be in the main Bat-book but in a tie-in issue which revolved around Babs, written by Marguerite Bennett and art by Fernando Pasarin and Jonathan Glapion. It will be interesting to see this version of Babs and if it ties in with how we see her in the pages of Batgirl and Birds of Prey today, but also in how it holds with The Killing Joke which we know has maintained in canon. Yes, it’s hard to predict all that, but hopefully the creative team keeps her current persona in mind when crafting the older verson.
And… That’s what I have for today! We’ll try to do some other news roundups as it makes sense. But chime in on your thoughts to these news tidbits from DC! Do some surprise you? Upset you? Indifferent feelings? Let us know!