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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 TitanTempest

@falconer: Wow. Fact number one, it wasn't Gail Simone's choice to downgrade Oracle back to Batgirl, so you cannot fault her for that. Two, I have read both the first two trades, which were pretty awesome in my opinion, and considering she had fans screaming to bring her back onto the comic many others agree. I wont fault you for disliking it, because its your opinion, and if you don't like it, then you don't like it. But instead of wishing she gets trolled, you could just pray that she writes more to your tastes. Better to be civil than to degrade anybody, very few deserve to be torn down

Posted by kriminal

Be nice if they introduced a Cyborg title.

that always sounds like a good idea to me but ill buy the first 3 issues, tell myself I don't need it on my pull list, then drop it. then I wont buy the first trade because then ill be only buying 2 issues. then I wont buy the second because I don't know if I missed something important. then the book gets canceled due to poor sales. I actually hope he doesn't get a book because this is what happens. you can say oh just don't buy it then but I like cyborg so Im going to at least give it a shot

Posted by Animal_Man25

I can't wait for Rafael to do animal man and superman/wonder woman also has my attention. DC comics is awesome

Posted by Outside_85

I wonder, does DC only hold these kinds of panels in case anyone in the audience doesnt have some kind of connection to the internet?

I follow these kinds of things in hopes that they will announce something new and exciting in front of a live audience (which to me would be logical, because everyone else does it), but DC for most part only seems to repeat what people already know and save announcing stuff for their websites.

Posted by SmoothJammin

Just what I needed. Batgirl tying into another Nightwing crossover. >.>

Posted by lilben42
Posted by lilben42

@fanboiii: Really loving Wonder Woman supporting cast and her villains.

Posted by sinestro_GL

I'd like to go to SDCC one day...

Posted by Falconer

@titantempest: It's entirely possible to have a wrong opinion, fyi. And since it's clear that Simone is past her prime, I'll just wait until someone else is writing Batgirl rather than the miracle of it pulling a complete 180 in her hands.

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@fanboiii said:


hell yea.....

Constantine stealing Batson's powers sounds interesting, and I most def want to pick up Forever Evil

Edited by Lvenger

Ugh, why is good talent being wasted on the pointless Superman/Wonder Woman title? Lemire's Green Arrow plans sound good though and the Forever Evil tie ins in Constantine, Pandora and Phantom Stranger seem to serve some purpose at least.

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@blkson said:

what a lame ass panel :\


Posted by bigboi100000

Marching to the bridge that paved the way to the golden gate of this kingdom many would compare to the grace of Eden the Army of darkness halted their advance. Breaking ranks the largest demon clad in blood stained armor stepped forward onto the aureate path. The Demon Grand General stepped to the center of the bridge standing with his gaze fixed on the gate. The boom of his roars breaking the dead silence before he slammed his sword against his breast plate. The annoying sound of Clang echoed in the wind. Growls, and roars the only audible sound the demons could emit at the gate began to form as if they where stating a decree ordering the gates to open, and there surrender this decree a directly from the mouth of their king to be spoken before the war progressed. The General’s inability to speak the language of humans leads this to fall of deft ears though they saw this as nothing more than there offer of leniency being disregarded by the worthless humans. Enraged at the lack of response to his words he roared once more sending saliva spraying from his mouth and dripping from his chops. His blade swinging forward the order had been giving for the army to continue their advance the, and raze of the kingdom to begin. The army of darkness behind him began to roar, and growl at the order knowing the time for slaughter had arrived. Present Day The afternoon was just beginning in this early winter season. The warrior would leave the gates of his Village, wearing newly obtained apparel for a quest of great importance. Siegfried would be seen wearing black pants and a long sleeve shirt. The fabric was soft, it had the capability of breathing to allow him to remain cool, yet at the same time the fabric was thick enough to keep him warm. On his abdomen he'd sport a plate armour covering the torso The collar of the breastplate would rise up around his neck giving no restriction to movement yet allowing him to guard his vitals a little bit better. The metal plate on the front with symbols etched into it proudly. Plates that covers from the fingers to the section of upper arms from elbow to area covered by shoulder armour. More that covered the feet, knees, lower legs, front and back, and thighs made from a variety of materials. Whilst onyx fabric dangled over his vessel, the cloak concealing the famed enigma from view. Alphonse was a northern country, yet the snow hadn't truly begun to fall yet. It was cold, yet bearable to anyone whom had lived here for more than a few years. Golden tresses swayed in the Boreas as the knight would wait by a tree..
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@falconer said:

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.

Exactly. DC has been startlingly underwhelming.

Marvel's Superior Month panel alone destroys this panel. Let's not even mention the 616 and Ultimate panels.

Edited by ChillinVillain

This dude b*tchslapped Superman to the MOON people! And he made it look as easy as blinking!!!

Posted by ScarletWitchFever

I thought they were adding an ongoing Sinestro Corps series? It was set tba at Comic Con. I thought they would've mentioned it with Green Lantern, seeing as that's its family series.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh
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Posted by Omega Ray Jay

I'm not following any of the new 52 since I dropped Batwing at the Fox change, I do want to pick up some of the trades though. Can't say anything grabbed me here, but then again the Marvel Infinity panel was about the same.

Posted by Perfect 10

based on the pic hera regains her godhood and at least hippolyta is returned from "death" hope that means the amazons are returning too.

Posted by Perfect 10
Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Very happy to see Charles Soule will be taking Red Lanterns up to where it should be as well as Venditti still kicking it home on GL! Happy to see Batgirl and Nightwing team up in the annual and definitely seeing good things ahead overall for the DCU in New 52. All speed ahead!

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Posted by ComicKing7

am i the only person who doesn't like the fact that night wing and batgirl are teaming up