New formats, new stories, and the worst kept secret in comics.
The Return of Bruce Wayne
At the end of Final Crisis, Bruce Wayne was believed dead. Well… not so much dead as trapped back in time. The DC heroes all think Bruce Wayne is dead, except for Red Robin aka Tim Drake, but he has abandonment issues. DC has decided to take the Quantum Leap approach (or the Captain America: Reborn approach) and have Batman travel through time, back to the future. That’s right, you will get to see Bruce Wayne dressed as a caveman-Batman, pirate-Batman, pilgrim-Batman, and finally 1940’s classic Bob Kane Batman. I will say I am excited at the idea of seeing the long lost Legends of Batman toy line brought to life in comic form.
Honestly, Bruce Wayne could pop out of a cake in the horrible Teen Titans books and I would be just as entertained. Who’s writing this? Well the same man responsible for “killing” him: Grant Morrison. Art duties fall to Chris Sprouse (Midnighter, Tom Strong) so you know the art style will be dynamic. I’m also very happy to see that Andy Kubert is on design for the various costumes. Based on the people involved, this could be an interested title.
Below is a reenactment of an actual conversation at DC comics:
DC editor one: “So were going to take J.Micheal Straczynski and Shane Davis and let them tell Superman’s origin story without all the headaches of continuity.”
DC editor two: “Thats genius its never been done before, but we shouldn’t we have another hero in there?”
DC editor one: “Don’t worry I have Geoff Johns and Gary Frank doing Batman!”
DC editor two: “I just crapped my pants with awesome, but all of those guys at some point have had their books delayed how will we solve this?”
DC editor one: “Get this…. Graphic Novel/ Trade paperbacks only”
DC editor two: ” Oh… my… god…”
DC editor one: ” Take that Ultimate Comics!”
That little exchange while not entirely true does sort of give you the point: DC Comics is retelling the Batman and Superman origin stories completely free from existing continuity and in graphic novel form. I am excited about the teams involved and even more excited that the stories are not tied to continuity. I am throwing my hat in the ring for an Earth One Green Lantern by the way. DC should know that local Canadian talent Ken Lashley designed the ultimate versions of Superman and the rest of the Justice League of characters and they are quite interesting. Their designs are much more grounded in reality, just saying.
Wonder Woman #600
Wonder Woman returns to her original numbering with issue #600, and Gail Simone has written a wonderful tale for the monumental book. The cover is being done by George Perez, the names of the other talent involved with the issue will slowly be released. Wonder Woman #600 is a book to watch in the near future.
War of the Supermen
So-so writer James Robinson brings us the next stage in the New Krypton storyline with the War of the Supermen. The 100,000 Kandorians once held prisoner by Brainiac now inhabit New Krypton, a sister planet to Earth. Our yellow sun does what it does to all Kryptonians, turns them into extremely powerful beings on par with Superman. One hundred thousand beings as powerful as Superman is quite a lot of supermen.
They are making this out to be a big event book, but to be honest, I have no interest. Quite frankly I am done with New Krypton for now.
The Rise of Arsenal (Red Arrow) and The Fall of the Green Arrow
Writer J.T. Krul will tell the tale of the Emerald Archer’s fall from grace and the rise of one of his proteges. I enjoyed the Green Arrow/Black Canary arc and the early Kevin Smith run so I’m looking forward to seeing what Krul can do with the character.