The weekly dose of DC Comics related news items from July 28th – 30th, 2013!
Batgirl and others go through a “Zero Year”!
Back in March, it was announced that hit “Batman” writer Scott Synder would reveal a new take on the origin and starting vigilantism of the dark knight for the “New 52” continuity in a “Batman: Year Zero” style story line. It was intended as an homage to Frank Miller’s famous “Batman: Year One” story of the mid-80’s. At the San Diego Comic Convention this month, DC Comics revealed that this has become a crossover called “Zero Year” which will spread to other titles, albeit for a single issue.
This week, DC Comics has released a peak at “Batgirl: Zero Year”. Marguerite Bennett will be the “guest writer” for the issue with art by Fernando Pasarin and Jonathan Glapion. The tie-in issue, as described by editor in chief Bob “Bankruptcy” Harras, depicts Barbara Gordon as a 15-16 year old kid who has to protect her brother and home from terrible events. Besides Synder’s “Batman” and “Batgirl”, other comics having their own “Zero Year” issues will be fellow Bat-books “Detective Comics”, “Batwing”, “Nightwing”, and “Catwoman”.
In addition, “Green Arrow”, “Flash”, “Action Comics”, “Birds of Prey”, and “Green Lantern Corps” will also have “Zero Year” issues. This is on top of the “Trinity War” playing out across the various “Justice League” books and “Forever Evil” spreading across their entire line of books with DC’s version of the “point one initiative”. Apparently, it seems DC’s plan to close the gap in dollar and unit share with Marvel is to publish far, far more books a month than fifty-two.
Is Lois Lane about to be “fridged” this week?
Lois Lane has been a longstanding character for both Superman and DC Comics. First appearing in “Action Comics #1” in 1938 (the only member of Superman’s supporting cast to do so), she once had her own ongoing title throughout the Silver Age and was married to the man of steel in the late 90’s. Since the “New 52” era began in fall 2011, however, her role has been marginalized as DC seeks to make Superman more “edgy”.
The most notable story to feature her in some time is set to be “Superman Annual #2”, written by Scott Lobdell and drawn by longtime Superman writer/artist Dan Jurgens. Comic Book Resources has an exclusive preview which seems to heavily imply that Lane is about to be axed off. While such a thing could simply be a tease, the fact remains that DC is literally about to release an entire comic book based around Superman’s relationship with Wonder Woman. At any rate, it may be a rare annual to pay attention to.
Bruce Timm wins Inkplot award; discusses more Batman animation!
Longtime DC animation producer Bruce Timm was honored at the San Diego Comic Con with the “Inkplot” Award for triumphs in animation. Beginning with work on 1992’s “Batman: The Animated Series”, he went on to work on “Superman: The Animated Series”, “Batman Beyond”, “Justice League”, “Justice League Unlimited” and the recent “Green Lantern: The Animated Series”. He also produced or co-produced most of the DC Universe animated DVD films until last year.
While Timm has been bemused about rumors that he was leaving DC animated projects, he’s claimed it’s not true. His recent work has been in shorts. He is working on a Superman short celebrating his 75th anniversary alongside director Zack Synder, as well as a “Batman” short for the “DC Nation” block. Specifics are slim, but Timm seems to imply that it will be animated in black and white and set around the time period of 1939. Coincidentally, that implies that the series of shorts could debut in 2014 – Batman’s 75th anniversary. DC Comics’ animated projects have long been the one segment of sanity in many of their alternate media efforts, so it is good that Timm will continue to work on that for years to come.