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SDCC 2013: DC Comics - The New 52 Panel

Find out what's new in the New 52!

Join us starting at 5:30pm (San Diego time) as moderator John Cunningham and a plethora of panelists sound off about the next big things in the New 52. On the creative side, we're expecting to hear from Tony Daniel, Kyle Higgins, Geoff Johns, Jeff Lemire, Jimmy Palmiotti, Gail Simone, Charles Soule, James Tynion IV, Robert Venditti, and JH Williams III. From DC Entertainment, we've got Eddie Berganza, Brian Cunningham, and Mike Marts rounding out the panel.

5:30 -- Things kick off with a video intro to the Trinity War. We meet the Justice League, Justice League of America, and the third, Justice League Dark, and find that they're all at war. The battle? Orchestrated by powerful supervillains -- and the villains win. Trinity War month one starts in July.

5:38 -- The key to taking down the Justice League is going after Superman. Things are pretty dicey with Superman's (apparent) killing of Dr. Light, and it's only going to get bigger.

5:41 -- Forever Evil has the villains running the show. We'll be surprised by who's gathering together to lead the charge, fronted by Lex Luthor. FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR is going to feature a crazy war -- Blackgate vs. Arkham -- and we're seeing two other tie-ins with FOREVER EVIL: A.R.G.U.S. and FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION.

5:43 -- AQUAMAN #24 marks the end of the first two years of the New 52, and the team is really happy with the book (they're even joking about how it's cool that people still make fun of Aquaman!). Up next: we'll find out about Aquaman's complex ancestry, and the origins of Atlantis.

5:44 -- Trinity War is the end of the first era of the New 52, and the launch of the next stage.

5:45 -- SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN is happening! The book goes on sale October 9th, with Charles Soule writing and Tony Daniel on art.

5:47 -- We get a sneak peek of the cover for GREEN ARROW #24. Jeff Lemire says that he never expected to enjoy writing Green Arrow, but it's turning into one of his favorite projects. We can look forward to some elements from ARROW in this book (in a unique form that differs a little bit from the show) and also see the title cross over with Zero Year.

5:49 -- Jeff Lemire shares a sneak peek at the cover for ANIMAL MAN #24. We can look forward to seeing some personal glimpses into the Baker family, and how they deal with Buddy's celebrity.

5:51 -- Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are bringing us a new HARLEY QUINN monthly book, starting in November. Fun fact: the "5150" on Harley's shoulder in the promo image is the police code for an escaped lunatic. It's Jimmy's first time writing with Amanda, and we can expect fun and chaos!

5:52 -- ALL-STAR WESTERN is approaching its 2-year mark this fall, and Jonah Hex is now stuck in the modern world after Booster Gold dropped him off here. He's running around with Amadeus Arkham's great-grandson, escaping Arkham Asylum, and going on crazy adventures.

5:55 -- BATWING #24 features a beautiful cover by Darwyn Cooke. There's going to be a New 52 version of Lady Vic making an appearance soon, and we're going to see how Luke is a different type of Batman character. He's going to be tinkering with his dad's designs and growing into his role...and having major girlfriend problems.

5:57 -- J.H. Williams builds stories so that one arc feeds right into the next, but hopes that each arc can be read as a standalone BATWOMAN story. Up next: helping Betty Kane find her footing, and rescuing Kate's twin Beth from the DEO. Hinted for later: a direct conflict with Batman.

6:00 -- We just got to see Barbara Gordon go on a date, and also watched her practice her shooting skills with her dad. Coming up in BATGIRL: we'll learn more about Barbara's relationship with her father, their conflict over her Batgirl identity, and a dramatic punch to the face!

6:04 -- In THE MOVEMENT, the city is falling apart, and the team needs to band together to save it, even if they don't all get along. Up next: a guest star from the New 52 DCU comes to Coral City. Rainmaker is back, and Mouse is going to try to get a date.

6:06 -- We see a sneak peek of the cover for NIGHTWING #24, and Nightwing has a great butt (Gail Simone's words, not mine!). Will Conrad joined on art starting with issue #22, and Nightwing continues his story in Chicago. We'll get to see some great character moments, and watch Dick Grayson adjust to his new life (roommate problems and all), all while continuing his pursuit of Tony Zucco. Complicating things further is the villainous Prankster -- a cross between Jigsaw from SAW and the hacker group Anonymous -- and we're about to find out what his true motivations are.

6:09 -- Nightwing and Batgirl team up for the NIGHTWING ANNUAL!

6:10 -- Jason Todd has been having a bit of a rough year -- running into the man who killed him, having his memory wiped -- and it's only going to get worse. The League of Assassins has an idea of what they want him to be, and we're going to find out more about that as he's taken to the secret city of the League. Roy is going to pay them a visit, and we can expect lots of action in issue #23.

6:12 -- TALON enters its second year, and James Tynion IV promises some great Talon/Bane moments. Calvin Rose was killed a few issues ago -- his year has been just about as bad as Jason Todd's! -- and we're going to explore his dynamic with Bane (another guy who was raised in a cage).

6:15 -- Robert Venditti is kicking off his run of GREEN LANTERN with Hal taking on a leadership role within the corps. He's a fighter pilot -- not a platoon sergeant -- and he's not used to having other people's lives on the line. He's also going to face new conflicts that he hasn't seen before. Fun fact: Venditti asked for a shark construct on the cover to issue #22 because it coincides with Shark Week. The new Star Sapphire character is going to be around for quite a while, and we're going to find out more about what it means to be in that particular corps.

6:17 -- RED LANTERNS now has Guy Gardner as a rage-monkey member of the corps (he put on the red ring in issue #21). Up next: figuring out how to recover from the frothing rage, and learn to be a hero again (also, house-hunting with the Red Lanterns). Charles Soule mentions that the Green Lantern team is very close, and all of the books are very tightly connected. Robert Venditti says that Soule has set the high bar for dialogue moments -- look for it in issue #22 next week!

6:21 -- Charles Soule has been having a blast writing SWAMP THING, and starting with his run (issue #19), we've been getting to know the villain Seeder. Swamp Thing has been chasing Seeder around the world -- from whisky trees and beyond -- and we're going to find out more about who Seeder is and why he's doing what he does. We've also got a SWAMP THING ANNUAL coming up, featuring eleven different Swamp Things from history!

6:22 -- "Have you guys ever heard of EMPIRE STRIKES BACK? It's a Star Wars movie?" Charles Soule claims that SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN is going to be an epic tale of the kind that hasn't been seen in comics yet, and Tony Daniel is doing a killer job on the art.

6:25 -- Next up: the two crazy wildcards of TRINITY WAR -- Pandora and Constantine. Pandora is the bomb that sets off the worst parts of the Trinity War, but she doesn't even care. John Constantine takes things too far, and we're going to see him stealing Billy Batson's powers.

That's all for the New 52! No Q&A this time, but plenty of great stuff to look forward to.

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Posted by Falconer

Gail Simone? God, I hoped she gets trolled during Q&A.

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Hopefully they'll announce interesting new titles. Also how come there wasn't any coverage on the milestone panel?

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@jonny_anonymous: @kal_smahboi: We must not be reading the same book then. Aside from the fact that Babs got a downgrade from being Oracle, the dialog, and especially the internal stuff, is cringeworthy at best.

Posted by Taasden

@jonny_anonymous: @falconer: It wasn't for me, personally. The first villain was great, but Batgirl would just drag out one mental problem through issue after issue.

And it would be pretty easy to troll Gail Simone.

Posted by War Killer

Be nice if they introduced a Cyborg title.

Posted by Taasden

For all the New 52 titles that I ended up loving even though I thought I would have no interest in them, Batgirl stands out as the one series I dropped that I thought I would love.

Posted by OutlawRenegade

Hopefully they'll announce interesting new titles. Also how come there wasn't any coverage on the milestone panel?

Be nice if they introduced a Cyborg title.

Posted by fotocub

And Batgirl has been my absolute favorite title since the launch, so I guess to each their own.

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

SWEET!!! i kinda wanted to c a somewhat civil war but between villain forever evil is looking good right now

Posted by Black_Claw

End of the first era? So does this mean that it's gonna stop being called the "New" 52?

Posted by akintoussaint

End of the first era? So does this mean that it's gonna stop being called the "New" 52?

Probably not.:P

Posted by lifeboy

That Harley comic sounds cool; but only if she is a villian. Has she ever killed Innocent people before??

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I don't like Hex in the present, it makes the book totally pointless

Posted by fanboiii

dope!

Posted by longbowhunter

When Lemire took over Green Arrow I remember him saying he's never been a favorite character if his. It's awesome to hear him say that writing Green Arrow has now become one of his favorite projects.

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Posted by Black_Claw

"And Nightwing has a great butt! Gail Simone's words not mine!" Sure of course they weren't.

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Posted by dadarkknight36310

Did anyone notice Faora in the poster in her MOS costume, awesome lol

Posted by Black_Claw

Nightwing Annual sounds cool

Posted by blkson

what a lame ass panel :\

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@blkson said:

what a lame ass panel :\

Especially since I didn't see any traces of the milestone panel.

Posted by akintoussaint

No Q&A? That's sucks.:p

@blkson said:

what a lame ass panel :\

Especially since I didn't see any traces of the milestone panel.

It will probably be up later.Hopefully.:P

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No Q&A? That's sucks.:p

@black_claw said:

@blkson said:

what a lame ass panel :\

Especially since I didn't see any traces of the milestone panel.

It will probably be up later.Hopefully.:P

"Hopefully" is the key word here.

Edited by Falconer

Seems to me DC didn't really announce jack in terms of actual content. I figured we'd at least get something on what Bruce Timm is working on. Marvel's movie panels are tomorrow, so they're going to continue steamrolling over DC in the eyes of the general public.

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@falconer: watch out the Gail Simone fan boy / girls will troll you for insulting "the best writer at dc" or "the best female writer in comics" yeah i haven't read batgirl but i did read her new red sonja series and it was every underwhelming

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Is that Lana?

Posted by nrgb2814

Be nice if they introduced a Cyborg title.

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@black_claw: The Milestone Panel isn't ran by DC but the lasting founding members of the company, If I'm not mistaken. So I wasn't expecting to hear anything about it from DC. I'm still googling about it and so far, still nothing.

But this panel was overall lame in general. Nothing was said that we didn't already know.

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@millennium: Don't worry I'm not on tumblr, which is where I hear those sorts of people hang out.

Posted by TheNameIsWayne

There is hardly any Batman content. Geoff Johns is a monster.

Posted by Jayc1324

New 52 sucks.

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Nothing exciting here...

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Really surprised how terrible that panel was. I mean what was said there that we have not seen in solicitations?

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Posted by AWeekInGeekdom

Dang, that T.Daniel banner looks awesome! Will that be a gatefold or wraparound for SM/WW 1?

Posted by TheAuroraChild

@falconer: I spend some of my time on tumblr, and believe me, they are everywhere.

Posted by johnqestion

Superman/Wonder Woman cover is stunning!!! Thumbs up to Daniel , his inker/colorists. Zod, Faora, Cheetah, Darkseid, Olympians, Doomday, Lex...man, stoked for this title now!!!! Wondy vs Faora must be coming, right?

Posted by DarkShadows

Is that Faora I'm seeing at the back in the Superman/Wonder Woman cover? Because if that is her, I would probably check this title out.

Posted by arnoldoaad

of course there was no Q&A!

Also I would like to add that BatVICTIMgirl has been the absolute worst title in the whole New 52. Gail completely destroyed Barbara and the whole Gordon family.

Posted by longbowhunter

Yeah I gotta agree nothing was really said here. Still I'm really excited to see Soule write 11 Swamp Things in the upcoming annual. I'm digging him on the book so much I may pick up Superman/Wonder Woman.

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Posted by Ostyo

Jimmy and Amanda teamed before this, haven't they?

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Posted by Mercy_

Ughhhhhhhhhhh Superman/Wonder Woman.

That Nightwing/Batgirl team up on the other hand sounds awesome!

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Posted by saoakden

I am super excited for a number of books at DC Comics. I can't wait for some these issues come out!

Posted by FlashDamn

I SEE ZOD AND FAORA

SO DOPE

Posted by Darthmat

http://www.dccomics.com/sites/default/files/SM_WW_1_COVER_color_450.jpg?itok=HYpMF99T

For anyone who wants the amazing Triptych cover as a full picture.

Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

@fanboiii said:

dope!

If this was a trinity poster and had Batman and his mythos, that would be pretty badass.

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