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DC’s push for New 52: Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, Static Shock and more

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DC’s push for New 52: <i>Blue Beetle</i>, Ted Kord, <i>Static Shock</i> and more

As DC Comics, retailers and fans prepare for another round of New 52 titles next week, here’s a collection of the latest news and such …

• DC’s Bob Wayne told CBR’s Kiel Phegley that they planned to extend certain sales incentives to retailers through December, and this week DC released more details on what exactly that means — additional discounts for qualifying retailers on certain books, returnability on many titles and variant covers for several books, including the fourth issues of Justice League, Batman, Action Comics, Flash and Green Lantern.

• Wired’s GeekDad talks to Tony Bedard about the relaunched Blue Beetle series, which is due in shops next Wednesday. Bedard notes that the new series will be “less convoluted” than the last one in terms of Beetle’s origin, noting that this time around it isn’t tied to Infinite Crisis. He also notes Ted Kord won’t figure into the new series: “I loved the Ted Kord Blue Beetle as much as anyone. But he doesn’t figure into this new Blue Beetle series at all. My mission right now is to make 15 year-old El Paso high school student Jaime Reyes into the best character and the best Blue Beetle imaginable. And I have really good material to work with there. As anyone who read the last series or caught his appearances on Brave & The Bold will tell you, Jaime is a character teens and twenty-somethings can really latch onto. He has a terrific supporting cast and I’m building a ‘rogues gallery’ for him that will knock your socks off. None of this means that Ted Kord never existed. It’s just that before we go back and rehash the past, we are going to build a solid future for DC, and Jaime Reyes is the future.”

As CBR reported yesterday, writer John Rozum has announced he’s leaving Static Shock. That sucks. “My decision to leave was of my own choice. I was not fired,” he posted on his blog, noting that his leaving had nothing to do with the character or with DC Comics. “I’m developing new material for them even as I write this,” he added. I guess we can only hope that maybe he didn’t have time for Static because he’s bringing back Xombi.

• Comic sites — including this one, as you’ve seen this week from Tom and Steve — aren’t the only ones looking at DC’s full line of new titles this month. George Gene Gustines and Adam W. Kepler from The New York Times are also reviewing them.

• Batgirl will guest star in Birds of Prey #4. Apparently nobody told Gail Simone this was happening.

• And on the hot topic of Suicide Squad mainstay Amanda Waller’s weight, Rich Johnston spoke to writer Adam Glass about the controversy: “Amanda Waller is not defined by her size but by her attitude and she still has plenty of that.”

• And finally, everyone’s stuffed little bull has a round-up of ALL the changes DC has made to the physical appearances of their characters, from Amanda Waller’s slimmer look and Green Arrow’s lack of facial hair to Aquaman’s web toes and Darkseid’s apparent combover.

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