I don’t really have words.
DC Comics was severely lacking in announcements at this year’s New York Comic Con, but it comes as no surprise that the major announcements they DID have was Batman related, but who wants to hear about that junk? STEPHANIE BROWN, YOU GUYS!
DC announced that they would be returning to the weekly comics game with Batman: Eternal, a new anthology book that will feature a team of writers working under Scott Snyder, who will be serving as the book’s “showrunner” of sorts. It is in this book that Stephanie Brown, former Robin/Spoiler/Batgirl, will return to the pages of DC Comics. No word yet on in what capacity or costume, but Scott Snyder wasted no time revealing her return after a fan asked during a Q&A about her and Cassandra Cain’s fates. I am of two minds about this; one, I am intensely excited that one of my favorite members of The Bat Family is going to be leaping across Gotham rooftops once again, BUT part of me is worried about her being Starfired and becoming some sexed up shell of the character that I once loved. DC hasn’t had the best track record of late when it comes to supplanting pre-New 52 characters into the crap shoot that is the New 52 so we will just have to wait and see it seems. Diana and I will be starting a prayer circle.
Batman: Eternal will feature John Layman, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, and Ray Fawkes and will have Jason Fabook on pencils. The series will also feature a David Finch cover for the first issue, which you can see below. The focus of the book will, of course, be Batman, but will also take readers deeper into Gotham City giving other Batman related side characters more page time.
DC also announced the new creative team and anniversary plans for Detective Comics, starting next Spring. Detective Comics #27 will celebrate the 1939 1st appearance of The Dark Knight with a giant 96 page special featuring the works of Neal Adams, Gregg Hurwitz, Brad Meltzer, Paul Dini, Dustin Nguyen , Peter Tomasi, and Fransesco Francavilla, leading with a two page illustration by Frank Miller. If that wasn’t enough, the issue will also feature variants by Chris Burnham, Jim Lee, Greg Capullo, Mike Allred, Patrick Gleason, and Kelly Jones.
Good Lord. I hope you guys love Batman stuff.
Starting early next year, the critically acclaimed team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato will serve as the new creative team of Detective Comics. The team, widely known for their stellar Flash run, will be focusing more on the mystery solving aspect of Batman’s war on crime (though we hear this every time a new team takes over Detective) and introducing new characters into Batman’s already wide cast. I will say though, that first bit of art looks pretty stellar.
This is all well and good and fine, but seriously, STEPHANIE BROWN. That’s the main reason I wrote this. Now if we could only get Cass back, we’ll be golden.
A Watchful Protector,
-J. Partridge, III