As one of the "big two" comic book publishers in North America, DC Comics managed to make several major announcements and hold major panels even if they lacked the presence of their marvelous competition at 2013's New York Comic Con. To wit, this column presents the most notable DC Comics items from October 12th - 14th, 2013!
2014 is a big year for many reasons, one of which is that it will be the 75th anniversary of the creation of Batman by Bob Kane and Bill Finger (whose efforts have often been ignored). To that end, DC Comics will launch "Batman Eternal" in spring 2014, which will be a weekly Batman comic book series headlined by popular writer Scott Synder. Alongside Synder will be additional writers Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, John Layman, and James Tynion IV. Jason Fabok ("Detective Comics") will be the first artist for the series, with others due to be announced. This will hardly be DC Comics' first stab at a weekly comic book series. "Action Comics Weekly" ran for a year from 1988-1989 as well as "52" from 2006-2007 and "Countdown" from 2007-2008.
At DC's major Batman panel during the NYCC, Synder revealed that the much demanded heroine Stephanie Brown would mark her official return to the DC Universe during "Batman Eternal". The character, who began as Spoiler, daughter of minor Batman villain Cluemaster before tenures as Robin and then Batgirl, hasn't been seen since fall 2011 when the "New 52" launched. The character had been considered "toxic" by DC editors since 2011, with attempts to answer questions about her at previous conventions often leading to some awkward answers or bad public relations moments. Next year's celebration of all things Batman - which is somehow different from DC Comics' standard operating procedure of milking the dark knight - seems to be the opportune time to offer Brown fans a bone.
Popular characters such as Cassandra Cain (who only headlined her own "Batgirl" book for five years), Wally West (who was merely the Flash for almost a quarter century), or Donna Troy will apparently have to wait longer for their returns to grace. In additional Bat-news, January will see the release of the massive 96 page "Detective Comics #27" which will see stories and art by dozens of creators to celebrate Batman's anniversary.
Death of "Superboy" announced!
Writer Scott Lobdell made a surprising announcement at the New York Comic Con; that the clone Conner Kent would die as of "Superboy #25". From then on, the star of the book will be the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane from an alternate future. In addition, Supergirl is set to "leave the Superman family" for other books.
"Tiny Titans" returns!
From 2008-2012, Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani wrote and drew "Tiny Titans", and "all ages" DC Comics title which covered child versions of the universe's iconic characters. After the cancellation of that book, the creators moved on, creating their own comic publishing company and bringing their knack for child versions of iconic characters to Dark Horse ("Itty Bitty Hellboy") and Dynamite Comics. However, it was quickly announced at the New York Comic Con that the creators would return to DC Comics with "New Tiny Titans". No date or specifics were announced, but it came from the Twitter feed of DC honcho Dan DiDio himself.