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The Biggest News from DC Comics at Comic-Con 2011

We all know about the new 52, but what were some of DC's other big announcements?

Big weekend, big announcements for DC comics at San Diego Comic Con last week, and we got some major coverage on everything going down. Here's the wrap-up of some of the major stories from the panels .

Let's start with something non-52 related, shall we? In the Flashpoint panel, nothing gigantic was announced except that everything you need to know about what is happening in the Flashpoint world and how it translates to the new 52-universe (DCnU?) will all be explained in Flashpoint #5. There's also something HUGE going to happen to Wally West because Didio was avoiding all Wally West questions. Make your own assumptions, but to know for sure, we'll have to wait until Flashpoint #5.

== TEASER ==

During the DC Direct panel, Jim Lee revealed the upcoming Justice League figure set, based on the DCnU. They're still in prototype form, so we won't see them on store shelves until August 2012. Arkham City and DC Universe Online figures were also announced. The biggest bummer of the panel was during the Q&A portion when DC Direct let everyone know they don't plan on making anymore figures based off of any of their Vertigo characters. They are doing it for a good reason because the fans just aren't buying the product.

One thing that really surprised me during the Batman panel was Judd Winick talking about Batwing. In fact, I'm actually excited for it now.

Judd showed pages from the upcoming book, drawn by Ben Oliver, and they look amazing! Each panel looks like a cover, and while the audience gazed onto the big screen, Judd talked about the book.

It will take place in Africa, but it will not be a highly politicized book like so many people think it will be. Just think about the main Batman title and place him in Africa, and add a bit more violence. Batwing may be a sleeper hit in the new 52.

There was one downer from the panel. The upcoming Red Hood book will be a bit humorous. From the sound of the book, having Arsenal, Red Hood, and Starfire on a team would sound a bit more dark and violent than lighthearted and fun. (Yes, I know Starfire isn't a dark character, but the other two guys are) We'll see how it goes in September though.

Onto the Green Lantern panel! SPOILERS! Hopefully, you're caught up on the book, if not, jump down to the next panel wrap-up. It's official, no more Hal Jordan! Geoff Johns confirmed that Hal needs a rest and the new Green Lantern book is about Sinestro in his new role. Sinestro will be taking on the Sinestro Corps as well! What about Hal? Well, we'll see him readjust to citizen life, after being a space cop for years. Kyle Rayner will be pulled in many different directions in the new book The New Guardians as every corps wants Kyle as their new torchbearer.

During the Superman and Justice League panel, Grant Morrison announced that he'll be on the book for quite a while. He has 16 issues planned out now and he'll be taking it from there. This reboot will be for keeps and not something that DC will undo in 6 months.

As for the Justice League panel, no real info on the main Justice League book; however, Justice League International will have a rotating roster as each member feels they're destined to be a member of JLA, which has a much more static roster.

Both Mr Terrific and Green Arrow will have a "James Bond" feel to them, while Hawkman will feel much more like "Indiana Jones."

Onto the DC Dark and Edge panel. Whether you like it or not, DC is making some big moves here by putting out quite a few non-super hero titles, many of which were covered in this panel.

Tom Pinchuk, who covered the panel puts it best, "This line's looking it'll be a great middle ground between traditional superheroes and edgy material you'd find in Vertigo." There wasn't a huge amount of breaking news coming from this panel because the titles are so new and it's characters and stories many fans are not familiar with. Keep your eyes on Swamp Thing, Animal Man, and All Star Western. I think these guys will be hits.

Onto the first New 52 panel we could make it two, which was on Friday. We missed out on Thursday because of scheduling conflicts. Sorry guys! This panel was all about why and how they started the new 52. In summation, their sales were dropping and they needed to get them back up, and get some new readers to jump on board.

We saw some gorgeous pages from the new JLA book which takes place 5 years before current continuity and before anyone met each other. Check out the last page from the preview they gave out!

Jim Lee described, in detail each panel of the pages, and it was amazing. This was the biggest thing that happened during the panel.

Saturday's New 52 panel had an all-star line-up of creators. Everyone briefly went over their books, but the highlight of the panel was Scott Snyder talking about writing for the upcoming Batman book: "It focuses on Bruce Wayne in Gotham... the idea is that Gotham is a city that is 300 years old. What if Bruce doesn't really know Gotham at all? What if there is something darker there? What if there's an ancient evil?"

Batman sounds like a great read, and he said he's put clues to this in his current run of Detective comics.

It was also announced that we will be seeing the New Gods again in a book called Multiversity coming out next summer.

The panel ended with a guy complaining about a team-up book from the early 2000s, to which Judd Winick simply said, "One man's garbage is another man's treasure." The person asking the question was booed. Oh how I love malicious questioners, and their ability to waste everyone's time.

Make sure to check out all the details from out panels below! There's tons of pictures and more in-depth coverage!

The New 52: Friday

The New 52: Saturday

Dark and Edge

Superman & JLA

Green Lantern

Batman

DC Direct

Flashpoint

41 Comments
Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

So wait I'm confused now...if DC is removing Hal..why is he in JLA?

Posted by inferiorego

@ArturoCalaKayVee said:

So wait I'm confused now...if DC is removing Hal..why is he in JLA?

As mentioned above, JLA takes place 5 years prior to current continuity

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Posted by longbowhunter

Cautiously optimistic. Thats how I feel about the DCnU.
Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee
@inferiorego: right, right, had to reread it haha, thanks inferiorego
Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt
 
was planning on picking up GL but  not anymore. 
 
 
 
 
@ArturoCalaKayVee
said:
So wait I'm confused now...if DC is removing Hal..why is he in JLA?

he's only in the first arc apparently. 
 
 
 
Posted by inferiorego

@ArturoCalaKayVee said:

@inferiorego: right, right, had to reread it haha, thanks inferiorego

That's why I'm here. To set things straight.

With my powers combine, I am Captain Inferiorego!

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Posted by doordoor123

No post on Jim Lees panel about how he said that Ryan Choi is the Atom on the Justice League? I think that was the biggest news of DC all weekend.

Posted by Bestostero
I like those figures... sad that Martian Manhunter isn't with them :( 
 
And yeah, I'm still not sure why Starfire is with Jason and Roy...not sure how that's gonna work out...
Posted by Billy Batson

More stuff with Kyle? Nice.

BB

Posted by Bestostero
@doordoor123 said:
No post on Jim Lees panel about how he said that Ryan Choi is the Atom on the Justice League? I think that was the biggest news of DC all weekend.
YES! Did he say Ryan Choi was the atom? I'm pretty sure someone said there was asian member on the team that's name rhymes with Batom. Of course that alludes to Ryan Choi as Atom, but who knows lol
Posted by Kallarkz

1. No more Hal? Something I did not predict when i read "There will only be Three". Especially with his movie out. But I like surprises =). Hal does need a rest to be honest  
2. Kyle is wanted as the torchbearer for the other Corps? Hopefully that is explained in further detail. I would prefer Kyle to stay with the GL's and not trade his allegiances. When Kyle was in charge of the ION entity he was not corrupted and was able to retain his normal personality. He doesn't seek power or fame so being tempted by the title "Torchbearer" doesn't really mesh with his personality at all. 
3. Sinestro as a GL is simply epic too me. Added the fact that he will not be taking on his duty as the valiant hero is even better. 
4.  Already has 16 issues? Wow. The owner of the comic book shop that I regularly go too is also saying that this is simply an alternate Universe that will be undone and that the current Universe is simply in a state of "suspension". o.O I on the other hand believe that DC will attempt to give this relaunch a shot and stick with it.

Posted by Fantasgasmic
@ArturoCalaKayVee said:
So wait I'm confused now...if DC is removing Hal..why is he in JLA?
Because DC has no idea how to manage the fact that their books take place in the same universe, unless it's part of a massive crossover event.
Posted by inferiorego

@doordoor123 said:

No post on Jim Lees panel about how he said that Ryan Choi is the Atom on the Justice League? I think that was the biggest news of DC all weekend.

There were only two of us covering the panels, so it was hard to get to every single panel, and this announcement was one of the ones we missed.. While that is big news, I wouldn't call it the biggest all weekend.

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Posted by Jordanstine

Looks like they're setting up for a Green Lantern movie reboot in the long run... with Kyle as the main man!

Posted by gorilla_girl

Aw yeah, New Gods will be back!

Posted by cosmo111687
@Billy Batson said:

More stuff with Kyle? Nice.

BB

Agreed. I might consider picking up New Guardians. Sounds interesting.
Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

I'm probably most psyched for Multiversity and how the New Gods will be involved with that. Otherwise, good to go for Grant Morrison's run on Action!

Posted by doordoor123
@inferiorego said:

@doordoor123 said:

No post on Jim Lees panel about how he said that Ryan Choi is the Atom on the Justice League? I think that was the biggest news of DC all weekend.

There were only two of us covering the panels, so it was hard to get to every single panel, and this announcement was one of the ones we missed.. While that is big news, I wouldn't call it the biggest all weekend.


Haha its alright. I forgive you for not making it to every panel. I cant expect you to be Jamie Madrox. You did a great job at the panels you DID go to.  
For me--because I will no longer read Marvel, it was the biggest news. And it was the first character to be revealed to come back to life after the relaunch. Either something big happens with him in Flashpoint or the time change somehow revives him. Which leaves room for others to also be revived im guessing.
Posted by danhimself

I've said it before and I'll say it again....if you believe that Hal won't be getting his ring back then you're insane

Posted by Darthtravis

So there are going to be at least three temporally distinct Superman characters, two temporally distinct Batman characters, and two different Green Lanterns guarding sector 2814 (Hal Jordan in the JLA time frame and Sinestro in regular continuity)?  And DC's goal was to make the books less complicated and reader friendly?!   
 
I am excited about the reboot and all the new stories, but I am not excited about keeping up with, by my count, at least three separate time frames in which the New 52 will be set.  Uggghhh 
 
I wonder what will happen to Wally West?  Johns has always preferred Barry Allen; I wonder if Reverse Flash dies in Flashpoint and perhaps Wally will take his place?  I hope he doesn't simply die.  The death plot device is played out.    

Posted by TheSentry

Although I've finally become excited for the new 52. I'm still mad about Cyborg being a founding member instead of Martian Manhunter; and most likely won't be picking up JLA because of him. 

Posted by TheOptimist

Its been said elsewhere, but it bears repeating... no guarantee Martian Manhunter isn't in JL... appears can be deceiving. 
 
Hal will still be in the Green Lantern book, and as noted is certain to have his ring back. They haven't confirmed he'll be the Green Lantern in the post-past (ha) arc of JL, just because that would defeat the point of not knowing everything right up front. 
 
It was nice to hear that the Ben Oliver pages were so well received, especially given the fan community low expectations for the title. It would be wonderful if the prediction of certain sleeper hits came true. It looks like the blockbusters will bust some blocks and the sleeper hits will hit.

Posted by pikahyper
@RedheadedAtrocitus said:
I'm probably most psyched for Multiversity and how the New Gods will be involved with that.
I'm with you there, I just hope this is a return to the older New Gods style, I haven't liked how they have been portrayed the past 5+ years.
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Posted by pikahyper
@Darthtravis said:
So there are going to be at least three temporally distinct Superman characters, two temporally distinct Batman characters, and two different Green Lanterns guarding sector 2814 (Hal Jordan in the JLA time frame and Sinestro in regular continuity)?  And DC's goal was to make the books less complicated and reader friendly?!               
lol could not agree more, DC needs to follow the KISS method Keep It Simple Stupid.
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Posted by ManaByte

Didio talked about Wally. Saying that they're focusing on Barry and Bart and giving Wally a rest for a while.

Posted by Samimista

This is all very interesting but did they give some news on the Static Shock series?

Posted by mikeclark1982
@ArturoCalaKayVee: read! FOCUS!
Posted by HaHaManHV

Why does this make me think that DC is going to make Wally the reason behind Flashpoint...

Posted by keith71_98

Interesting that Snyder is references the 300 year history of Gotham. He's also a contributor to the Gates of Gotham mini. Clues there as well?
Posted by inferiorego

@danhimself said:

I've said it before and I'll say it again....if you believe that Hal won't be getting his ring back then you're insane

I just may be insane... Hey Dan, how do magnets work?

Hal will probably have the ring back within a year... I hope...

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Posted by danhimself
@inferiorego said:

@danhimself said:

I've said it before and I'll say it again....if you believe that Hal won't be getting his ring back then you're insane

I just may be insane... Hey Dan, how do magnets work?

Hal will probably have the ring back within a year... I hope...

is that a ICP reference?  I've never listened to them....sorry
Posted by inferiorego

@danhimself said:

@inferiorego said:

@danhimself said:

I've said it before and I'll say it again....if you believe that Hal won't be getting his ring back then you're insane

I just may be insane... Hey Dan, how do magnets work?

Hal will probably have the ring back within a year... I hope...

is that a ICP reference? I've never listened to them....sorry

You should listen to Miracles. It's hilarious.

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Posted by danhimself
@inferiorego said:

@danhimself said:

@inferiorego said:

@danhimself said:

I've said it before and I'll say it again....if you believe that Hal won't be getting his ring back then you're insane

I just may be insane... Hey Dan, how do magnets work?

Hal will probably have the ring back within a year... I hope...

is that a ICP reference? I've never listened to them....sorry

You should listen to Miracles. It's hilarious.

I'll give it a shot....I've heard some of their stuff and didn't really like it though
Posted by inferiorego

@danhimself:

it's because they suck, right?

that's why i hate them.

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Posted by danhimself
@inferiorego: yeah that's the reason....I just listened to Miracles on Youtube.....horrible
Posted by fodigg
@doordoor123 said:
No post on Jim Lees panel about how he said that Ryan Choi is the Atom on the Justice League? I think that was the biggest news of DC all weekend.
Posted by HubrisRanger

@Darthtravis said:

So there are going to be at least three temporally distinct Superman characters, two temporally distinct Batman characters, and two different Green Lanterns guarding sector 2814 (Hal Jordan in the JLA time frame and Sinestro in regular continuity)? And DC's goal was to make the books less complicated and reader friendly?! I am excited about the reboot and all the new stories, but I am not excited about keeping up with, by my count, at least three separate time frames in which the New 52 will be set. Uggghhh

Action Comics is Superman's "Year One" title, with little to no interaction with the other books and the earliest point in the DCnU. The first arc of Justice League establishes the new League's origin, but then will jump forward to "current" time. Not sure where you're getting two temporally distinct Batmans (Batmen?) but with four ongoing Batman books, I suspect they'll be relatively separate storylines, maybe drawing from different points of Batman's history. But again, everything is self-contained.

What part of that is really hard to keep track of? If anything, the books seem to be carving out their own little niche, so you can enjoy it on its own more easily, or take it in as part of the bigger Universe (with a possible exception of the Lantern books, but no interest in those anyway, so bully for me.) That is the definition of being welcoming to new readers. Grant Morrison's stuff is especially welcoming, because its establishing its own mythology and doesn't have to worry about other things affecting it too much because it is set X number of years before anything else. Think of how the Old Republic series can tell stories without interrupting things in the rest of the Star Wars canon.

Posted by Drow

What the hell?? "'It's official, no more Hal Jordan! Geoff Johns confirmed that Hal needs a rest and the new Green Lantern book is about Sinestro in his new role. Sinestro will be taking on the Sinestro Corps as well! What about Hal? Well, we'll see him readjust to citizen life, after being a space cop for years." God they better not screw this up.

Posted by Morgaine_Levesque

I'm so hyped for this. Just a little bit worried about Wally D:

Posted by ChaosAngel23

All in all, I can't WAIT for September.  Every bit of news is just more fuel for the fire.

Edited by Mahzian

Ah good to hear that they are shelving Hal for awhile, I know there are probably heaps of Hal fans here and don't want to fan another Hal/Kyle debate but I've always found Hal to be pretty boring compared to Kyle/John/Guy (although my first GL was Kyle so I maybe unintentionally bias in some way) will be great to see where they go with Sinestro as the main GL, some great stories ahead!