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Scott Snyder Teases new Bat-Character

Who is this new character and what will she mean for Batman?

Another reason you have to love Twitter is sometimes creators will send out teases for their books. Scott Snyder just teased a new character appearing in BATMAN #28 (26 is on sale this week).

The only thing listed was:

tease from the new BATMAN #28 by Arkham escapee Dustin Nguyen

At first I read that as the character was an Arkham escapee but it could be that Scott is referring to Dustin as the escapee. You have to admit the blue is a little reminiscent to Nightwing's original look. Of course anyone can have purple hair if they really wanted it but we are reminded of Harper Row, who has been trying to do more in Batman's world. Could this be her new look? The big old gun makes that a little questionable. We'll have to wait and see.

What do you think?

You can read what Scott has to say about Zero Year and a special surprise coming half way through HERE.

EDIT

To make it clear, click the link above to read what Scott has to say about BATMAN #28. Basically, Scott wanted to expand the issue a little to give it more room and not have it feel crammed. In order to be fair to Greg Capullo, he thought having an issue instead show the future of BATMAN for #28 would be nice to give Greg more time.

Then I started thinking about all the crazy plans we have in BATMAN, and in BATMAN ETERNAL (the weekly), for Gotham of 2014, and I figured: what if, as a thank you to you guys for all the support, we took a month off from ZY right at the halfway point, and instead did a special issue that showed you what's coming up in the world of Batman AFTER ZY? Not an issue that cuts to the present, but one that actually shows you a glimpse of the FUTURE of Batman - Gotham circa summer 2014?

So I got to talking with the other Gotham writers, and we agreed that with all the crazy stuff that's going to happen in 2014 - and my goal above all in 2014 is to keep things daring and fun - it'd be a thrill to do a total spoiler issue. A stand-alone issue that takes place in the near future and reveals all sorts of massive surprises coming to Gotham in the spring and summer of 2014.

After getting the ok from editorial on the issue, I approached pal Dustin Nguyen about drawing it, told him the crazy stuff in it, and he signed on, to my immense gratitude.

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Posted by TobenRacicot

i think she looks cool. if it is harper well...i don't really know how i feel about her. but i'm excited to see.

Posted by stormtrance1618
Posted by wessaari

..... I am now afraid Dick Grayson will in fact die and this will be the new Nightwing

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

I bet it's Harper Row

Edited by JohnnyJoker28

Wow, looks cool! It's got to be Harper Row. The purple hair, backpack for tools (she uses tools a lot), Batman tattoo (she's a fan).

Edited by The_Tree

Looks very cool. I'm wondering what's up with the guns, though. Being a Batman fan, Harper would probably know of his aversion to firearms. I guess it could be made to fire nonlethal bullets. The mohawk looks cool in the design, but I think it'll end up looking weird in action or under the pencil of other artists.

I just hope this doesn't spell out something bad in store for Dick (Please be the blonde in the Eternal teaser!).

Posted by kilomac29

LOL! comic book readers

Posted by fallbrigade

Harper Row becomes new Nightwing and Dick Grayson dyes his hair blonde and becomes somebody else! I can so see it.

Posted by Nightwing_Beyond

I never like C-list characters taking identities of A-list characters since it usually never lasts. If this is indeed Harper, I would prefer she get her own personna rather than taking Nightwing's. I'll wait and see before I hate on this but, if what I think comes to pass, I won't be a fan of this. That being said, the design looks really cool (Obviously, since it was made by Dustin Nguyen).

Edited by PunyParker

First reaction.. "What?"

Second reaction.. "It's Snyder,he knows his sh!t.Relax."

EDIT: Don't wanna spooke you out,but he said there were stuff coming with Steph.....

Edited by Psycho_Soldier

Ugh,... Snyder STAHP!

is this the 90's again?

Edited by JohnnyJoker28

Harper Row has a beauty mark (a mole) on her right cheek. This character doesn't...

Correction: Never mind, it's a piercing, which she could take out.

Edited by saoakden

This character looks interesting. I'm interested to see what role this character has to play in Batman.

Edited by InkInk

Ah Snyder fans make me laugh as soon as they saw this its " OMG its amazing so good" when in reality its another poorly done 90's design if this character was making their first appearance in any other book other then Snyder's Batman people would hate it like countless others.

Posted by SmashBrawler

Not bad.

Posted by Outside_85

Must be the new Nightwing. (Actually thought it was a boy)

Posted by kennybaese

@stormtrance1618: That helps put this in context. Thanks for posting it. I'm with everyone else; I definitely think this is Harper. It's a cool, if a little overdone design. It's kind of Nightwing-ish and I wouldn't be surprised if she takes over that persona and Dick moves on to something else now that he's been outed in Forever Evil.

Edited by CitizenJP

That's badass.

Posted by TheAmazingImmortalMan

I have not been reading ZY so yea my bad, I've read a couple ti ins from other titles like Action Comics and what not.......to the point that's a pretty bada$$ design.

Posted by TakeLuutzen

How old would Harper Row be during Zero Year? Not this old right?
Shouldn't it be in Detective Comics?

Posted by Billy Batson

Very Ladytron.

BB

Edited by Kal'smahboi

She looks cool. First thought was also Harper Row, but a couple of things in the image make me think otherwise. I'm excited to find out!

Edited by The_Tree

@takeluutzen said:

How old would Harper Row be during Zero Year? Not this old right?

Shouldn't it be in Detective Comics?

In the link that G-Man posted, Snyder said that he had too much to cram into issue 28, so he's pushing the story in that issue back into #29 so Capullo can have more time with it. Issue 28 is now going to be a glimpse at what Gotham is like in summer of 2014.

Posted by The Stegman

I'm diggin' this a lot.

Posted by G-Man

@the_tree said:

@takeluutzen said:

How old would Harper Row be during Zero Year? Not this old right?

Shouldn't it be in Detective Comics?

In the link that G-Man posted, Snyder said that he had too much to cram into issue 28, so he's pushing the story in that issue back into #29 so Capullo can have more time with it. Issue 28 is now going to be a glimpse at what Gotham is like in summer of 2014.

I quoted some of what Scott wrote on the link. Hopefully that makes it clear for everyone.

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Posted by Anthonypilone01

*facepalm* ok, 1st: WHAT?! And 2nd: THE F***?!!!

Posted by sho3s22

@wessaari said:

..... I am now afraid Dick Grayson will in fact die and this will be the new Nightwing

this. i would be extremely more upset if harper is the new nightwing over robin. I will drop dc all together if dick dies.

Posted by DougalKeane

Wow. I'm impressed DC. She actually has clothes on. Good for you

Posted by braynehurricane

I want to say for the record I really hope this is Harper Row and not Stephanie Brown. That said, from Snyder's message:

"it'd be a thrill to do a total spoiler issue"

"But with this issue, we'll try very hard to fill the pages with thank you spoilers"

His continued use of 'spoilers' makes me think otherwise. But I don't think they'd be stupid enough to depart this drastically from her original look, would they? I mean Harper's already got all those piercings. Maybe we'll see Spoiler in addition to this new persona?

Posted by Mucklefluga

I'm not a fan of the HUGE gun. But overall i'm quite excited. then again do i really want a break from the awesome Zero Year?

Edited by The Stegman

The more I look at it, the more I'm convinced it's Harper. She's like a hacker/engineer, it would make sense that she has so many tools. The hair only adds to that.

Posted by Vitalius
Edited by braynehurricane

@sho3s22: I think there's a possibility that this will be a new Nightwing but I think there is next to no chance that Dick Grayson will die. For as much as DC has done wrong, I still don't think they are that stupid. He will probably be starting up a new identity/persona, since his old one has been compromised. I still think he's the blonde in the Batsgiving picture.

Edited by The_Tree

@braynehurricane: I doubt it's Steph. A lot of the Bat-writers seemed pretty excited to bring Steph back into the DCU, it wouldn't make sense to do that and then change the character completely.

Edited by braynehurricane

@the_tree: Yeah I mostly agree with that. Just wanted to cover all the options. :P I love this look for Harper, if that's actually who it is. I imagined her as more of an Oracle-type character, but I guess there's no harm in some street-level action as well. That would be an interesting mix.

Edited by Owie

Gotta be Harper. I like her, glad to see this, although I would be equally fine if she stayed non-costumed.

Posted by The_Tree

@braynehurricane: As long as she's made useful and isn't just a replacement for another character, I'm perfectly fine with this. I've been waiting for Harper to get involved for awhile now. She's been teased for so long but has yet to really do anything important.

Posted by roboadmiral

Costumes cool and I've really liked Snyder's work, but dear lord, if I have to watch another teenager badger Batman (who is by the by supposed to be a terrifying creature of the night with an ironclad force of will) into letting them associate with him, the cognitive dissonance is going to give me an aneurysm.

Posted by Perfect 10

looks like harper row to me but whatever. not a fan of snyder's writing so wont be reading it

Posted by Dud317

Am I the only one kinda peeved about having to wait an extra month to read Zero Year? I know, all good things come to those who wait, and this will contain "thank you spoilers." However, since he's "cramming" so much into 29, it's likely that we will have another oversize issue. Bonus!

Posted by PeppeyHare

Like everyone else has said it's most likely Harper

Posted by Herokiller12344

Eh. Not like I read Batman anyway.

Good job having a character that's not dressed for late night shenanigans though.

Posted by RaggedScarecrow

Do we know when Zero Year ends, because if 28 is still in Zero Year that probably isn't Harper, as she wouldn't be old enough.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

I don't care if it's Harper. If it is and she's going to get a bigger role, I just hope they get rid of the heinous, ugly, annoying nose piercings.

Posted by Joygirl

Screams Harper. I like this, hope she gets her own title. Loved Harper from the get-go.

Posted by EvilPenguin543

I'm willing to bet money that this mysterious person is Harper Row.

Posted by Hawkguy

Do we know when Zero Year ends, because if 28 is still in Zero Year that probably isn't Harper, as she wouldn't be old enough.

It's not, Snyder said this is 6 months into the future of the present day DCU. Post-Forever Evil.

Edited by ShadowSwordmaster

Cool.

Posted by Lightburst

So is this why DC changed Nightwing's color from blue to red?

I enjoy Harper as a character, so if this is her i'm ok with it just as long as they don't kill Dick to make this character part of the bat family.

Posted by Samuel_Simmons

I think Harper replaces Dick as nightwing since he can't be nightwing anymore, whether he dies or not.

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