Day 2 of Wonder Con 2013, it begins with DC Comics The New 52. Get the scoop on what’s coming for the summer comics in Batman starting this June. Click the jump to see more.
On the panel are Ann Nocenti (Catwoman and Katana writer), Scott Snyder (Batman and Superman Unchained writer), James Tynion IV (Talon and Red Hood & the Outlaws writer),Kyle Higgins (Nightwing and newly announced Batman Beyond writer), John Layman (Detective Comics writer), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western writer), Scott Lobdell (Teen Titans writer), and James Robinson (Earth 2 writer).
First up is Scott Snyder talking about Batman: Zero Year and what’s to come.
Batman: Zero Year
“It’s our next big arc, it starts with issue #21, I think it’s the best thing that we’ve done on Batman. I’ve had this story in my head for a couple of years. It’s really different. It doesn’t change any of the core stuff, but shows you that period of Batman’s life in an incredibly different way. You’ve never seen the origin done this way. You’re not going to see the pearls, you’re not going to see the lamppost, you’re not going to see things you’ve seen before. Some of the things you loved will still be there. But we want this book to be surprising on every page. From Page 1, you will be like, ‘What the eff, what is this.’ You’ll know from go that it is incredibly different. You’ll learn more about the Waynes and the Kanes. You’re going to see Gotham in a different way. “- Snyder
“The back-ups are going to show moments from Bruce’s training overseas that you’ve never seen. No ninjas, no Himalayas. This is going to be a skill set that you’ve never seen Bruce learn before.”-Snyder
“Now he (Calvin Rose/Talon) has no idea what his mission is or what he’s supposed to do next. We’re reaching a major climax in Talon. We have had major things planned going all the way back to the original #0 issue, and they’re all sort of coming to a head. All of the pieces are now on the board. It’s an incredibly dangerous moment and a dangerous villain is coming onto the scene. It’s Bane. When Bane comes in, he’s coming in the biggest possible way. You can’t do a small Bane story. He’s not going to come in, fight Calvin in a back alley and go away again. When Bane comes, he’s coming for the city.”- Tynion
“I wanted to tell a story that gets to the heart of all three of these characters and puts them up against major figures. It’s one of the few real adventure books (Red Hood & the Outlaws) in the DCU right now, any issue can happen in any setting from their past. This is a fun book, but it’s deep and rich with character and mythology of the DCU.” – Tynion
“For people that were fans of the original Justice Society, it was kind of a shock to update them and make them younger, but I think you’ve all gotten behind it The mystery of what’s in the fire pits will be one of the many pieces of the puzzle that I’m beginning to lay now that will start at the beginning of 2013. All of the pieces of Earth 2, including Mr. Miracle, Fury, Big Barda and more will come together to build to something big.”- Robinson
“The twist at the end of issue #18 was Tony Zucco is still alive. The man who killed Dick Grayson’s parents is alive in Chicago. He’s got two pennies and a Nightwing suit to his name. Nightwing only planned to stay in Chicago to deal with Zucco, but I plan to build a mythology along with artist Brett Booth of masks in Chicago and the mystery of what killed them all. Two of the heroes were Ether and Ghost Walker, the Batman and Robin of Chicago. They’re dead as well. There’s this whole mythology that Brett Booth and I are building of Nightwing’s Chicago, which once had masked crime fighters, who are now all dead.” –Higgins
“If they (Catwoman & Katana) have honor, it’s honor among thieves sort of honor. It’s been fun to slowly move Katana and Catwoman into a place where you could believe that they might want to participate in the Justice League of America.Catwoman #20 is Selina’s first encounter with the JLA that lands her in Arkham Asylum. I became completely fascinated with Arkham. She discovers brand new worlds in Arkham. Catwoman deals with some of the major players in Gotham Central including the coroner. The annual will be drawn by Christian Duce. I will be resurrecting some really interesting DC villains.Katana is like a Japanese martial arts/superhero hybrid book. She goes to a weapons con in Japan and she starts meeting some ancient warriors. It’s Japanese martial arts/superhero hybrid book. If you saw the gatefold cover for her, the Creeper is back.” – Nocenti
“It’s thick. It’s a meaty. You will sit down and spend a lot of time on this book. I’m really proud of it. We’ve spent my first arc building this ‘Emperor Penguin’ storyline, and the giant #19 leads to the end of the first arc.”
“At the end of #19, we reveal who’s filling the shoes of the new Batwing. Without giving it away, I will say that it’s somebody tied very close to the Batman family. It’s someone tied very close to the Batman family. It could be Alfred. It would be awesome if it was Alfred. I don’t think he’d look that fit. If you haven’t been reading it, give #19 a shot, I think you’ll love the ending. We plan on bringing back Lion-Mane, and we want to go international with the character. The new Batwing is going to be all over the world. We’re having a blast writing the book.” – Palmiotti
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