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SDCC 2012: DC Comics: Superman Panel

What big new things are in the future for the Man of Steel?

We'll be getting started very soon!

11:20AM: John Cunningham intros the show, mentions the We Can Be Heroes Campaign. DC matches all contributions 100%. First person to come up is artists Shane Davis. He's wearing a Superman shirt! Scott Lobdell walks on up. Mike Johnson from Supergirl comes up. Editor Matt Idelson comes back. Superman Earth One Volume Two cover on the screen. Shane says it starts off with Clark being very proud of himself for breaking the Superman news. You won't see the coast and the hoodie from Volume One. Clark is goofy and trying to fit into the Clark Kent persona. Parasite is introduced. There's a very fluid connection between one and two. Clark has a new love interest. A lot of cool fights with Parasite. Parasites powers are upped here. We see a page of him drinking from a slurpee machine.

11:25: The art looks great here, which is by Shane Davis. Hopefully, you'll see it if my phone can upload the pics. Shane says there's a lot more action in volume two. Superman does know how to fight here. He just throws wild punches. Shane wants this to be violent. Shane really wants Superman to eye gouge someone. It won't happen. It will be out the first week of November. It will be around 125 page long.

11:30: Cover to Superman 0, which Scott takes over as writer. The book takes place on Krypton. Internet connection sucks. It will focus on Jor-El as a parent and a husband. Issue 13 starts Lobdell's run on the book. Scott says he spent a lot of time about redoing characters geared towards the new 52. He says the new 52 Superman book has been only about new characters, and he wants to bring in old characters re-imagined. Thank you.

11:35: Scott talks about how people on the internet call him a "yes man." His reply is they have no idea how much he annoys everyone at DC. Tom Defalco takes over on Superboy. The zero issue, which Scott is on, deals a bit with cloning and why it's a horrible concept for those from Krypton. Clones on Krypton became war mongers and Kara views Superboy, a clone, as a cockroach.

11:40: We see the cover to issue 13 of Superboy. Scott says Superboy isn't about truth, justice, and the American way. He sees a bank and thinks to himself "oh, I need money." For people who like to see Superboy get beat up, this is for you.

Action Comics #13

11:45: Action Comics 0 cover. Looks really nice. No Grant Morrison here to explain it all though. There's info on Jimmy Olsen in this and his past. Action 13 cover, it deals with what happened to Krypto. In issue 13, it will not be 5 years in the past. It takes place in current day. Cover to issue 6 of Smallville digital has Batman and Superman on the cover. Supergirl 0 issue on the cover. Mike says we'll see everything that happens of her leaving Krypton. You're going to see her relationship with her father and how it differs from her father. Issue 13 cover in October. Kara tries to build a piece of Krypton on Earth for herself, like a fortress of Solitude.

11:50: Question time. How much influence will World of Krypton from 86 have on these books. They says none really. They want to make Krypton feel alien. Why isn't Stephanie Brown isn't in the new 52? They say they don't know about anything like that.

11:55: Stan Lee said at a panel that Stan Lee says Superman has no visible means of flying, what is their response? No real answer because there doesn't have to be one. Mr Myxytzskl (spell check) asks about other villains. Shane Davis says they needs to be a flying goat. He gets an Owl mask for having an adorable hat. Scott Lobdell complains that it's a Batman related item. He's been the most entertaining part of this panel by far. Question: Will Superboy get a costume? Scott proposed a new costume design and he will get a new costume. Scott says no one wears the same clothes everyday. There will be new looks for the character.

12:00: Will Shazam have a big brawl? Scott says when he sees them fight, he sees Superman beating up a 12 year old boy. Is there anything in new 52 we'll be getting rid of powerwise? Scott says no. Idelson says there's nothing specific. Scott says this is going to be the book where people say "this is the job for Superman." It's going to be big fights. Steel, Cyborg Superman, and Eradicator? Steel will come back. Eradicator is a concept they've talked about, but a version no one has thought about according to Idelson. The guy next to me is sleeping.

12:05: Non-spoiler glimpse into Luthor in the future of the Supe-books. Shane Davis says I have no plans for the Luthors. Yes... plural. Scott says his introduction of Luthor has caused anxiety in the halls of DC. It's something big.

12:10: Why get rid of the shorts? Idelson says they weren't afraid to change anything. Scott says "The New 52. We're not afraid to change underwear." Scott says he's probably wearing them under the suit. Is Lobo going to be in anything and Superman's race with the Flash? Scott says no plans for Lobo and he finds the Superman Flash race silly.

12:15: Will there be expansion on Superman Beyond? Idelson says no, not now. Final question: Superboy/Superman? Superman will be disturbed that someone got a hold of his DNA says Scott. Superboy doesn't care about the S on his chest. Lack of respect for it all.

Panel done! See you in like 15 minutes for more panel madness!

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Posted by sethysquare

Woot. Can't wait.

Posted by ZZoMBiE13

Yay!

Posted by sethysquare

Why no more hoodie? Its Superman Earth One's signature.

Posted by sethysquare

Also, I was hoping Scott could give up some hints on which villains he would be bringing back for his run.

Posted by Suprman

@ZZoMBiE13: I echo your sentiment. Yay!

Posted by sethysquare

Totally psyched about Superman Earth One vol 2.

Edited by Kallarkz

Thanks for uploading this information.

I really hope someone asks in what direction are they taking the Superman book currently.

It is doing horrible right now and I have almost no interest in reading it on a monthly basis anymore.

On updated info:

Nice I was waiting to see them touch on why Kara finds Superboy so disgusting.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Yay to Lobdell coming onto the Superman series!

Posted by sethysquare

OMG. Exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I heard we'll be seeing Bizarro, Toyman and Axis Amerika?

Wow. Okay, can't wait to see them revamped.

Posted by ZZoMBiE13

@Suprman said:

@ZZoMBiE13: I echo your sentiment. Yay!

Yes good sir, we need a whole ROUND of YAYs!

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

Yay to Lobdell coming onto the Superman series!

Edited by doordoor123

Supergirl is really the most underrated book that DC has. I don't even know it's writer's names, but it is a great book. I hope that duo gets put on more books.

They had a weak start (other than Supergirl), but the Superman books are starting to excite me again.

Don't get me wrong, Action is good, but it hasn't lived up to Grant's potential on the book. I think he's getting there though.

Posted by danhimself

they said that after issue 13 the Superfamily books will be closer together...can't wait for Superboy and Superman to meet!

Posted by sethysquare

Sorry can anyone confirm if this Simon Tycho is the same Psimon from what we've seen before?

Edited by sethysquare

Oh golly, its stephanie brown cosplayer again.

Why isn't Stephanie Brown isn't in the new 52? They say they don't know about anything like that. She gets snappy. She does this every year.

SMH

Question: Will Superboy get a costume? Scott proposed a new costume design and he will get a new costume. Scott says no one wears the same clothes everyday. There will be new looks for the character.

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you Scott. You're so awesome.

The guy next to me is sleeping.

How rude.

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OMG Luthor is coming back! I mean Luthors.

Posted by Green ankh

i wanat my old Superman back.

Posted by doordoor123

I predict the Superman family vs. the Luthor family. Its like Romeo and Juliet. Lothor's son and Supergirl will fall in love. ITS ALREADY WRITTEN! IT MUST HAPPEN!

Posted by sethysquare

@doordoor123: I do hope we get to see more interactions between the Super family. Let Kara date someone in the Superman universe that actually matters.

Also I believe the other Luthor is Luthor's dad. I think. I hope

Posted by GundamHeavyarms

@sethysquare: I had assumed an army of Steph cosplayers would be at comic con this year.

I am really interested in the interaction between Kara and Superboy though. Im glad I hung on to his book.

Posted by Kallarkz

Wait a minute wait a minute...WAIT....A......MINUTE!!!!

I just read the Superboy that came out two days ago and nearly the entire first part of that issue was dedicated to how the only thing Superboy cares about...is the S Shield!

It's the only thing that has remained constant in his short life and he wants to represent that symbol.

He got a tattoo of it on his arm for christ sake..and now they are saying he doesn't care about it at all?

Posted by sethysquare

@Kallarkz: I was confused by that as well. But I believe its kinda like Superboy embracing the 'S' but sees no point in trying to live up to the 'S' because to him its only a symbol that represents him. But not sure if my interpretation is right.

@GundamHeavyarms: No. no one cares actually. Just that one Stephanie Brown cosplayer.

Posted by Kallarkz

@sethysquare said:

@Kallarkz: I was confused by that as well. But I believe its kinda like Superboy embracing the 'S' but sees no point in trying to live up to the 'S' because to him its only a symbol that represents him. But not sure if my interpretation is right.

@GundamHeavyarms: No. no one cares actually. Just that one Stephanie Brown cosplayer.

hopefully that is so. as far as im concerned they can go either way...but them saying one thing at Comic Con and doing another in the book would really chip the confidence I have in the truth of what they say in future panels.

Hopefully that will be cleared up.

Posted by sethysquare

@Kallarkz: Honestly, I'm just really excited about the Superman book. I can't wait to see all these great villains come back and get a total revamp. Also, I wanna see more of the interactions between all 3 characters. Am also glad Lois is a great part of Clark's life and not necessarily a love interest.

Posted by sethysquare

The Superman book really needed a talent like Scott Lobdell. I seriously can't wait.

Posted by Kallarkz

@sethysquare said:

@Kallarkz: Honestly, I'm just really excited about the Superman book. I can't wait to see all these great villains come back and get a total revamp. Also, I wanna see more of the interactions between all 3 characters. Am also glad Lois is a great part of Clark's life and not necessarily a love interest.

That's what makes me happy as well.

Gives his character a lot more room to grow.

Posted by btmt

Waiting for Superman Family reunion!!!!!

Posted by shadowtaker

I'm still waiting for Superboy meeting Superman for first time

Posted by sethysquare

@Kallarkz: Yeah. I hope with Scott taking over Superman, we can have 2 great superman books on the stand. Hopefully more in the future.

@shadowtaker: Its coming

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

All this sounds really great. I wonder if they will be tieing Majestic to Superman a bit more, someone should have asked that!!

Posted by sethysquare

@Jonny_Anonymous: Scott wanted to use Majestic in Red Hood and the outlaws. Not sure if he is still sticking with that story. But its possible. I just hope they'll make Majestic wear the 'S' symbol as well and officially make him part of Super family. (of course with different skill sets)

Posted by Lvenger

Is this the same person who went to every DC panel and complained about the lack of female creators? Why ask about Stephanie Brown on a Superman panel? All in all this is good news for Superman. At last some improvements to the Superman family that should make things better.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@sethysquare said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: Scott wanted to use Majestic in Red Hood and the outlaws. Not sure if he is still sticking with that story. But its possible. I just hope they'll make Majestic wear the 'S' symbol as well and officially make him part of Super family. (of course with different skill sets)

:-O Really? Where did you hear that? Yea if they do bring in Maj I think they need to reboot his power-set, he can't have "Superman's-power-but-more-so" any more 
Posted by sethysquare

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@sethysquare said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: Scott wanted to use Majestic in Red Hood and the outlaws. Not sure if he is still sticking with that story. But its possible. I just hope they'll make Majestic wear the 'S' symbol as well and officially make him part of Super family. (of course with different skill sets)

:-O Really? Where did you hear that? Yea if they do bring in Maj I think they need to reboot his power-set, he can't have "Superman's-power-but-more-so" any more

I don't remember, sorry I can't give you the link, but I listen to all of his con updates and podcast so its probably one of them.

I do think they need to majorly reboot his power set. Can't over shadow the man of steel. Or perhaps Majestic can be this sorta space superman. Like constantly hanging around space, make him like adam strange or something.

Posted by The Poet

entertaining as ever...

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Edited by SandMan_

*Sigh*
 
Nothing here sounds new to me.

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

*Sigh*

not very excited about Scott taking over superman i give it a try but not expecting much from him at all

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Posted by Gambit1024

Eradicator? Hell f*cking yes.

Posted by johnny_spam

"Oh no, my least favorite question person ever... Why isn't Stephanie Brown isn't in the new 52? They say they don't know about anything like that. She gets snappy. She does this every year."

This section is drawing criticism right now. I also think she was asking if Stephanie Brown was really being replaced in the Smallville digital comic.

Posted by serpentinezero

@Lvenger said:

Is this the same person who went to every DC panel and complained about the lack of female creators? Why ask about Stephanie Brown on a Superman panel?

Because she was announced as being in Smallville Season 11 (as Nightwing) and then a rumor came up that she is being replaced; DC is now saying that the original announcement was a rumor. So it's a legit question/complaint. That's not very objective of the writer. Also, "She does this every year"? Yeah, this year and last.

Posted by SandMan_
@Gambit1024 said:

Eradicator? Hell f*cking yes.

I want Hank :'( Y IS IZ SOO HARD TO ASK???
Posted by azza04

@SandMan_: Yeah this sounds pretty crap to me.

Posted by thespis
Oh no, my least favorite question person ever... Why isn't Stephanie Brown isn't in the new 52? They say they don't know about anything like that. She gets snappy. She does this every year.

Wow, way to be a prick.

For the record, her question was not why Steph isn't in the New 52, but whether Steph would still be appearing in Smallville as Nightwing (as had been previously announced, with artwork and comments from Bryan Q Miller) or if there was any truth to the rumour that she was being replaced in the comic by Barbara Gordon. It wasn't an unreasonable question to ask, given that Smallville is a Superman title, and it's a question a lot of fans would like answered - Steph's announced appearance in Smallville #5 had been met with a lot of enthusiasm, especially among fans of BQM's Batgirl run, and the rumours that DC was again sidelining her in favour of Babs have made a lot of people angry and upset.

And if by "she does this every year" you mean "last year she asked a number of pertinent questions about female creators and characters in DC comics", well then, yeah. And a lot of us are are grateful to her for it, because DC are continually marginalising their female fans, a number of their female characters (Stephanie Brown included) have been very poorly treated, and women continue to be underrepresented among their writers and artists. And they should be challenged on that.

You don't have to agree with her, but to deride her for asking questions on a subject she cares about - and asking them perfectly politely, without being rude or abusive or angry - is totally uncalled for.

Posted by SandMan_
@azza04: Sounds like the same BS they are always giving Superman...Shame Grant wasn't there...
Posted by Twentyfive

Can't wait for Steel to come back. He needs an ongoing with Natasha and other characters. Superman and his family of characters need a fifth book.

Posted by Twentyfive

@SandMan_: I hear you on that, my friend.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

Why would someone ask about Stephanie Brown at the Superman panel......

Posted by cc1738

I'm really interested in Superman when Lobdell comes on. I'm currently reading Action and it's starting to really irritate me. I've had it with it and it's more money. I'm going o drop it after the next issue and start getting Superman at issue 0.

Edited by petes12

@Lvenger said:

Is this the same person who went to every DC panel and complained about the lack of female creators? Why ask about Stephanie Brown on a Superman panel? All in all this is good news for Superman. At last some improvements to the Superman family that should make things better.

she was supposed to be appearing in the smallville comic but now it looks like she's been pulled from it. I don't understand the rudeness towards her. people ask about characters that havent reappeared in the new 52 all the time. just look at the people here talking about eradicator- a d lister better off dead if there ever was one.

Posted by wildcardcomics

"She does this every year"...man, I wish I could afford to go to Comic-Con every year :(

Posted by dondasch

@thespis said:

Oh no, my least favorite question person ever... Why isn't Stephanie Brown isn't in the new 52? They say they don't know about anything like that. She gets snappy. She does this every year.

Wow, way to be a prick.

For the record, her question was not why Steph isn't in the New 52, but whether Steph would still be appearing in Smallville as Nightwing (as had been previously announced, with artwork and comments from Bryan Q Miller) or if there was any truth to the rumour that she was being replaced in the comic by Barbara Gordon. It wasn't an unreasonable question to ask, given that Smallville is a Superman title, and it's a question a lot of fans would like answered - Steph's announced appearance in Smallville #5 had been met with a lot of enthusiasm, especially among fans of BQM's Batgirl run, and the rumours that DC was again sidelining her in favour of Babs have made a lot of people angry and upset.

And if by "she does this every year" you mean "last year she asked a number of pertinent questions about female creators and characters in DC comics", well then, yeah. And a lot of us are are grateful to her for it, because DC are continually marginalising their female fans, a number of their female characters (Stephanie Brown included) have been very poorly treated, and women continue to be underrepresented among their writers and artists. And they should be challenged on that.

You don't have to agree with her, but to deride her for asking questions on a subject she cares about - and asking them perfectly politely, without being rude or abusive or angry - is totally uncalled for.

This. Sounds a bit rude, in my opinion.

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