Sunday, on the last day of the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International, DC Comics spotlighted their teen superheroes with their “Young Justice” panel. DC’s Senior Vice President of Marketing John Cunningham was joined by writers Scott Lobdell, Tony Bedard, and Mike Johnson, as well as editors Bob Harras, Bobbie Chase, and Brian Cunningham.
Scott Lobdell began the discussion talking about Teen Titans. Lobdell said Teen Titans #0 would be “almost exclusively” focused on Tim Drake, how “Tim goes straight from being Tim Drake to being Red Robin in that there was no official period of time where he was Robin.” Lobdell assured fans that they kept most of Drake’s origin “intact” in that “he was one of the few people who could get very close to learning who Bruce [Wayne] is…but it will be a much updated version of his origin.”
Touching a little bit upon Superboy, Lobdell said he has passed main writing duties along to Tom DeFalco. Lobdell hinted that Superboy #0 would explore the “ethical issues of being a clone.” Superboy #13 will introduce a character named Josaline Moore, an NYPD police officer with “superpowered law enforcement equipment.” Moore will be one of many more “physical threats to the Boy of Steel” to come, as well as providing a connection to Bart Allen (Kid Flash). As Allen is transported to the past from the 31st Century “as part of a witness protection program,” Moore will serve as his case worker. Lobdell referred to Moore as a “lynchpin character,” explaining: “There’s going to be a lot of mystery surrounding this character, but at the same time, she’ll give us a lot of information on Bart and his origin.”
Moving on to Red Hood and the Outlaws, Lobdell again reiterated that Red Hood and the Outlaws #0 serves as an origin for Jason Todd and that it’s “the saddest issue” he’s ever written. In future issues, Red Hood will become more involved in the “Death of the Family” storyline emanating from Scott Synder’s Batman, which sees the violent and disturbing return of The Joker. Because of Red Hood’s part in “Death of the Family,” Red Hood and the Outlaws will focus primarily on Arsenal and Starfire, who apparently will be teaming up former JLI character Crimson Fox “for a while.” Lobdell also touched upon the return of Starfire’s sister Blackfire, explaining that he’s changing “the nature of the villain” to a woman who’s feeling extremely guilty over her “role in selling Starfire off their planet,” further adding that “she’s not the nihilistic, Machiavellian, evil role but a caring sister who betrayed Kory.” He finished by laughing and saying he had no idea why he was writing “so many depressing stories these days.”
Mike Johnson moved the discussion on to Supergirl. Revealing that Supergirl #0 takes place on Krypton, Johnson explained that the issue “really focuses on her relationship with her parents” and that it ends “with her leaving, and how the circumstances of her trip to Earth are very different than her cousin’s.” He added that readers will also find out “who shot her father.” Johnson ended his discussion by telling readers that Supergirl #13 will introduce Kara’s “Fort of Solitude,” which she builds from a piece of Kryptonian technology she found here on Earth.
Tony Bedard took the mic to talk about Blue Beetle, and how issue #0 will be “the secret origin of the Blue Beetle armor before Jaime Reyes got it.” The issue will focus particularly on the very first Blue Beetle, a “Gollum-like” Mayan warrior “who just wants his precious armor back.” Bedard also said the issue will showcase “a new cosmic villain” who readers should “know well.” Moving on to Blue Beetle #13, Bedard explained that the issue would take Blue Beetle into space to the world where the armor came from. Here again, Bedard teased a New 52 version of a “classic cosmic character,” but even after pleas from Lobdell to reveal the character, Bedard refused, saying he wanted “to keep their identity a secret.”
Brian Cunningham closed out the panel, saying he desired to see “more cosmic stories” in the New 52 universe, especially where Legion Lost was concerned after the issue #0 origin of Timber Wolf. Bob Harras chimed in to say that The Ravagers #0 will focus on “the history of Beast Boy and Terra’s relationship,” explaining that both characters would be a “important pivot point for the whole line going forward.” Apparently Superboy will show up in The Ravagers at some point after that, looking for answers about his past from his “mentor/jailer” Caitlin Fairchild.