CBR’s coverage of New York Comic Con enters its second day, as we report live from the DC Universe panel. On hand for the panel were DC Comics Senior Story Editor Ian Sattler, Joe Michael Straczynski, Paul Levitz, James Robinson, J.T. Krul, Shane Davis, Gail Simone, Peter Tomasi, Tony Bedard, and Kevin Maguire.
Sattler began by having the panelists discuss their current series. JMS said there’s a new element to Superman’s walking tour-there will be New Kryptonite from the exploded New Krypton, and it affects humans. The person following Wonder Woman will be revealed in the next issue, and “there’s a lot of cool stuff going on,” especially relating to Hades.
Showing a slide with a cross through the $3.99 price, Sattler joked that, “they’ll now be $5.99.”
Tomasi said upcoming issues of “Brightest Day” will have many revelations, and issue #12 will focus on J’onn J’onzz. He added that, in taking over “Batman and Robin,” he and artist Patrick Gleason will continue from the framework Grant Morrison had established. “Grant’s a hard act to follow.”
Speaking on Scott Snyder and Jock’s “Detective Comics,” Sattler said the book would live up to its name.
The next slide was Batman standing over Oracle’s tombstone. Simone said that after the current arc of “Birds of Play” will be “Death of Oracle.” “It’s a game changer, you guys,” she said, adding that it would have repercussions throughout the DCU. After that will be a Catman/Huntress date and a crossover with “Gotham City Sirens.”
New characters will be introduced in the final issues of “First Wave,” and there will be more of this universe from Brian Azzarello.
Levitz said that “Legion of Super-Heroes” #6 will introduce Legion Academy in a backup feature illustrated by Phil Jimenez. This group will then move over into “Adventure,” and later get its own series. “Legion” #6 will also include a URL for fans to vote for Legion leader. “Then I get to write myself out of whatever ridiculous situation you put us in,” he joked. “I think we’ll be able to have results integrated very quickly into the book with how it’s set up.”
Next was a slide reiterating yesterday’s announcement that Nick Spencer and Bernard Chang take over “Supergirl” with issue #60. Spencer, speaking from the audience, said that there will be many teenage guest stars and a new villain in the first arc.
Krul said “Green Arrow” would soon see the resolution of the Queen storyarc, then move into “Who is Black Arrow?” “Green Arrow’s needed a nemesis for a while, and this will set that up,” Krul said.
A David Mack variant cover to “Justice League” showed Dark Supergirl with Batman, which relates to the story arc beginning in #50 against the Crime Syndicate. “Out of all that we get a new villain, but one of the ramifications for that is that Supergirl in the Justice League will be Dark Supergirl.” Following that arc is “Shadow War,” which focuses on Eclipso, playing out images from the “Brightest Day” teaser. “You’ll see Obsidian become a really cool hero in a way he’s never done before.” Robinson added that “One of the first things [Eclipso] does i murder the Spectre.”
Also coming up is a 12-issue “Shade” miniseries which will feature three three-part stories plus “Times Past” issues with different artists.
Sattler mentioned that DiDio had made an announcement, to which Robinson began “My favorite character is Hawkman-” ‘Not that!” Sattler cut him off, laughing. “The one shot!”
“So, I’m doing a Congorilla one-shot…” But Sattler, still laughing, said “No one cares, James…” after the accidental announcement.
Tony Bedard then spoke about a “REBELS” image. “I’ve actually never seen that piece of art,” he said. “I guess I need to come up with a story about that.” The series will continue to deal with Starro, and “try hooking up Vril Dox with Blackstar, Captain Comet with Starfire….” “Is it just a bunch of sex in the comic?” Robinson asked. “Good sex, bad sex…” Bedard joked.
“Green Lantern Corps” will feature Tyler Kirkham on art and a new villain called the Weaponer, who forged Sinestro’s original yellow ring. “He thought this was going to make him a rock star, but it turned out to be the worst thing ever to happen to Qward.”
Shane Davis spoke a bit about his covers, including the seven-foot long image that was divided into “Bruce Wayne: The Road Home” covers. “It’s nice when you’re assigned something that’s bigger than you are.”