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DC Announces SECRET ORIGINS Series & BATMAN VS. BANE One-shot

DC is going to dive into more origin stories. Also, Batman and Bane are about to have "the grudge match of the year."

Despite having many origin-related issues in The New 52, there's still a lot of questions regarding the earlier years with some of the characters and of course there's much we haven't seen. DC is aiming to address that with a new ongoing series called SECRET ORIGINS. According to CBR, the upcoming book will chime in on the beginnings of some of DC's biggest heroes. The first issue will revolve around Superman, Supergirl and Dick Grayson. The writing team for that issue will be Greg Pak, Tony Bedard and Kyle Higgins. The creative team will apparently change from issue to issue.

Also announced is a Batman vs. Bane one-shot by Peter J. Tomasi and Scot Eaton. Titled FOREVER EVIL AFTERMATH: BATMAN VS. BANE, this issue is all about Batman returning to Gotham and finding out someone has taken his place as the Dark Knight: Bane. It's safe to assume their conflict will be solved in a not-so-peaceful manner. Anyway, here's an early look at the solicits.

"SECRET ORIGINS #1

Written by TONY BEDARD, KYLE HIGGINS and GREG PAK

Art by PAULO SIQUEIRA, WILL CONRAD and others

Cover by LEE BERMEJO

1:25 Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT

On sale APRIL 23 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

At last, the SECRET ORIGINS of the World’s Greatest Heroes in The New 52 can be revealed! This new series gets off to an awesome start with the origins of The Last Son of Krypton and Kara Zor-El, Supergirl, plus the first Robin, Dick Grayson."

"FOREVER EVIL AFTERMATH: BATMAN VS. BANE #1

Written by PETER J. TOMASI

Art and cover by SCOT EATON and JAIME MENDOZA

1:25 Variant cover by KEVIN NOWLAN

ONE-SHOT • On sale APRIL 30 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

The title says it all! FOREVER EVIL is over! Now, Batman has returned to take Gotham City back – by force! The only thing standing in his way? BANE! Get ready for the grudge match of the year!"

Viners, is your interest piqued? Don't be shy, let us know below!

Source: CBR

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

That Secret Origins cover is god damn drool worthy

Posted by noj

Thats pretty awesome though I do have to wonder exactly how long it can last. I'll definitely at least be giving it a try! That said the cover is freaking AMAZING!

Edited by 2cool4fun

That secret origins cover :O, but i thought secret origins was going to be a one shot as well...oh well this seems better i guess. And it's always nice to batman fighting bane again.

Edited by iaconpoint

That one-shot can't occupy an issue of Batman and Bane?

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

That one-shot can't occupy an issue of Batman and Bane?

it's the same thing

Edited by LCazT1996

Swweeeeeeeeet. Super excited for secret origins.

Posted by ptigrusmagus

DC Comics- best comics publisher on Earth, no diggity

Edited by saoakden

I love the cover of Secret Origins. I am picking up that book. Plus Batman vs. Bane, HELL YEAH!!!!!!! Bane is one of my favorite Batman villains & having him duke it out with Batman should be freaking awesome. I wonder, is William Cobb getting along with Bane? If so, Batman and Nightwing (assuming Dick survives), vs Bane and William Cobb. I would pay money to see them duke it out.

Posted by AllStarSuperman
Posted by Israel28

Very Interesting!

Posted by EnigmaLantern

Secret Origins will be an instant buy, shame it comes out on April..so looooooong

Edited by MaccyD

Does Secret Origins count as one of DC's 52 ongoings?

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Posted by TheAmazingImmortalMan

I'll get both :)

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Edited by Nahuel

I'm already wet for the Batman vs Bane crossover :D

Edited by kennybaese

Secret Origins as an ongoing at $4.99 is interesting. At that price point its sales are probably going to be less than great, especially since it has a changing creative team and characters. But, it is a cool idea. Plus, if it leads to a bunch of Lee Bermejo covers I'm all for it.

EDIT: I asked him on twitter and he says he's doing all of the covers for Secret Origins.

Edited by LyraFay

How is it "secret origins," when we know all about it? LOL

Edited by GraniteSoldier

Batman and Bane fighting? Always a good time.

Edited by SynCig

I like the idea of Secret Origins. I think it is somewhat necessary with so much being unknown in the New 52 but I find it kinda pointless that they are doing Superman. I was under the impression that Grant Morrison's Action Comics was supposed to be Superman's origin in the New 52...

Edited by Mucklefluga

Not interested in either.

Posted by Maddpanda531

Oh god, please tell me Secret Origins isn't 4.99 each issue...

Posted by 2cool4fun

I just hope we don't get another batman origin story in the secret origins, i hade enough of that, we have Detective comics #0 TDK #0 Zero Year & Detective Comics #27.

Edited by lightsout

Not gonna skip it...but hasn't a TON of the N52 already revolved around their new origins?

Posted by chalkshark

I can certainly understand the line of reasoning that puts DC's flagship character in the first issue of this magazine, but, in all honesty, is there really anything left to say, to anyone, regarding Superman's origin?

Posted by patrat18

Frick yes.

Posted by dbullo22

Do we need a secret origins for superman?

Posted by Lvenger

Although these origin stories in the first issue are for characters who don't need it, I'm very glad indeed that DC are fleshing out the history and backstory of the New 52 DC Universe. That's absolutely a step in the right direction. Keep involving creators from their current series along with expanding on this new DCU is the way to go so kudos to DC for doing the right thing here.

Edited by BR_Havoc

Huh, so we just got finished seeing Superman's origins in Action and now were getting a book of nothing but origins?. Seem rather silly to me if the reboot was done right in the first place you would not need people to fork over 5 bucks to read or in this case reread an origin of a character.

I think this book will be a novelty title, Similar to A+X or DC presents.

Posted by MaccyD

@chalkshark: I think at this stage, the amount of Supes' early stories is nearly the same as his modern tales.

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@saoakden: Theyve been getting along in Arkham War.

Posted by MannEffest

Sooooo getting both! Maybe the Secret Origin will clear up some confusing continuity errors, if not, oh well, sounds awesome anyway!

Posted by saoakden
Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

Origins for Superman, Supergirl, and Dick Grayson? Are we getting the first revamp of the New 52?

Edited by RulerOfThisUniverse

Awesome!

Posted by KLspiderflash11

This is an awesome idea for DC. I super interested to learn about the history of the current universe. Also Batman vs. Bane is going to be AWESOME!

Posted by mak13131313

So excited for both books! Can't wait until April!

Posted by The_Tree

That Secret Origins cover looks nice, but I could not care less for the title.

Posted by justice teen

wasn't issue 0 the origin story for most characters? I get have secret origin for other characters than the ones with their own book, but how will this work for those who were explain in 0 issue like kal and kara?

Edited by RaggedScarecrow

Interested to see Bruce and Bane face-off, although I have a feeling that the cover is a red herring and the two will mostly talk about Bane's actions during Forever Evil before Bane leaves making threats to return for a future story arc.

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@lvenger said:

Although these origin stories in the first issue are for characters who don't need it, I'm very glad indeed that DC are fleshing out the history and backstory of the New 52 DC Universe. That's absolutely a step in the right direction. Keep involving creators from their current series along with expanding on this new DCU is the way to go so kudos to DC for doing the right thing here.

I totally agree the these characters do not need it. Though I wonder if that's because it's a first issue and they want to draw people in to further give this type of book a chance. This type of book is really a niche book and not one people would get continually. I'm hoping they involve lesser explored characters down the road.

The price might scare people away even if it has 49 pages. I'm kind of doubting it's going to survive. Maybe they should have made it an every other month book or something. Maybe cater more to a niche with different expectations.

Edit: I am happy they are doing this but I might have to settle for reading a friends copy.

Posted by Herx

As much as i like the idea of the secret origins series the price and characters that they are advertising for this first issue aren't exactly making do the whole Philip J Fry "Take all my money" thing. I get the idea of using your better known characters in the first issue to draw in readers, but haven't superman and Dick's "secret origins" already been told in the Issue Zeros? just seems kinda redundant; "come one come all to see the origins of superman.... again.... for the 12th time this year.......... NEW SERIES!!!"
As for the batman vs bane, love the covere but would i have had to read Arkham war to understand it (considering that it is the aftermath and all).
Now quickly reveal the cover of Aquaman and the others!!!

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

@lvenger: Thank god it's Pak and not Lobdell.

Posted by Perfect 10

seeing as most heroes origins have been told (these heroes listed in particular) dont get the point. know if they would use it like dc universe presents and showcase NEW heroes it would work. save yourself the wait time and just pick up superman, supergirl and teen titans and batman. origins TOLD

Posted by LordoftheNorth

Superman, Supergirl and... Dick Greyson? So they arnt calling him Nightwing interesting this does take place after Forever Evil so maybe they are using this to flesh out what ever the hell he will be doing after the event.

As for Batman vs BatBane i will pick it up should at least be an interesting battle hopefuly it wll make up for the lame ass battle they had in The Dark Knight 6-7

Edited by PabloGdeAnda

Really excited to finally see an entire issue of Batman VS Bane battle, and not just some one-shot gadget like the thing he injected Bane with in Batwoman's comic.
FULL ON BRAWL

Posted by akbogert

My primary thoughts here were: did they just kinda spoil the ending of Arkham War and I guess this probably means Dick Grayson will survive because why run an origin story after a character is gone.

Posted by Lvenger

@dernman said:

I totally agree the these characters do not need it. Though I wonder if that's because it's a first issue and they want to draw people in to further give this type of book a chance. This type of book is really a niche book and not one people would get continually. I'm hoping they involve lesser explored characters down the road.

The price might scare people away even if it has 49 pages. I'm kind of doubting it's going to survive. Maybe they should have made it an every other month book or something. Maybe cater more to a niche with different expectations.

Edit: I am happy they are doing this but I might have to settle for reading a friends copy.

You're probably right there, draw in more sales with bigger name characters then branch out later on. And it is something to just dip into occasionally given the variety of characters they seem to be exploring. Still, this is a book DC does need to make given the fresh start they've given themselves.

True but that way you get more bang for your buck so to speak. More content for the increased price might be a worthwhile risk. Of course I use 'might' tentatively.

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@syncig said:

I like the idea of Secret Origins. I think it is somewhat necessary with so much being unknown in the New 52 but I find it kinda pointless that they are doing Superman. I was under the impression that Grant Morrison's Action Comics was supposed to be Superman's origin in the New 52...

can anyone explain if this isnt true? i felt like we knew Superman new 52 origins

Posted by darkrider

i am excited for this

Edited by SynCig

@dstick88: I can speculate that maybe DC isn't satisfied with what Morrison did with Superman's origin and they'll use this as a retcon. It wouldn't be the first time that Morrison established something that was later completely ignored. Another possibility is that they are using the term "origin" lately in this instance and they'll tell an early career Superman story while leaving Morrison's stories alone.

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