Images added courtesy of DC.
Welcome to another day of covering the New 52 Panel! I'd love to guess what this one is about, but honestly, I have no clue. How are you guys enjoying your day? Red Robin and Deathstroke are still sitting next to me, so hopefully, a fight doesn't break out, or someone stabbing someone in the eye again. But hey, we're not in Hall H! We're in room 6DE, my second home this week!
11:20- Kickin off! John Cunningham says it's a bit delayed because it's going to be an "All-Star" showcase. Dan Didio and Jimm Lee walk out. Judd Winnick comes out. Tony Daniel comes out. Bernard Chang comes out. Scott Lobdell comes out. Sterling Gates and Rob Liefeld come out. Grant Morrison struts out. He's allowed to. Geoff Johns comes out, and the last person, good old Scott Snyder. Wonderous.
== TEASER ==
11:25- Didio turns it over to the group. Jim Lee thanks the crowd for coming up and being positive about it. Geoff says he's moving today. Aquaman time! Finally. Every time he tells someone he's writing this book, they say Aquaman sucks. Everyone thinks he's goofy, and he's not. "The book is beautiful." Someone says not to cut off his hand. Johns says he's going to cut off his foot. Johns gets into Green Lantern, same stuff from the Green Lantern panel... Hal gets arrested in the first issue.
11:27- Grant Morrison is on a book tour. Action tells the early story of Superman. Not the boy on the farm, but Superman in Metropolis. We get to see how the costume involved over the years. He doesn't have the same power set, he's younger and brasher. Rob Liefeld time. No, onto Sterling Gates. They will be teamed up for Hawk and Dove. They're showing panels from the book, and I don't care what anyone says, I like his art a bit. It's nostalgic for me.
11:32- "DC has the best magical characters, bar none" claims Rob Liefeld. I agree. Scott Lobdell on Teen Titans and Superboy. They wanted to separate characters from their legacy. Make characters like WonderGirl more her own character and less like Wonder Woman. Red Robin looks like Falcon. White Falcon. Art work looks really nice on the big screen. Tony Daniel on Hawkman. "It's been a very hard but fun and fulfilling project for me... We're streamlining him a bit... My artist, Phillip Tan is doing an amazing job. I've never met anyone more excited." Jim Lee he stays at Starbucks all day to do his art and it's very "caffeine driven." It's an honor to do Detective #1 says Daniel. It's going to more short stories revolving around Bruce Wayne and Batman as a Detective with a noir vibe around it. Tony is making new characters for Batman to fight.
11:40- Snyder on Swamp Thing: He proclaims his love for Swamp Thing. He wanted to give the character a new a bold and fresh look. Swamp Things last actual memory was being on fire and landing in the swamp. The series is about the secret history and his relationship to the green and we'll get to meet his greatest enemy to date. "I'm so, so honored to be on this book."
11:45- Judd on Batwing. So far, no new info that we didn't already get from the Batman panel two days ago. It is a super hero book. They show Ben Oliver's art again of the guy getting stabbed through the chest. Artwork still looks awesome.
11:50- Back to Snyder on Batman #1. "It focuses on Bruce Wayne in Gotham... the idea is that Gotham is a city the 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?" Book sounds awesome.
11:55- Question time. Q: Guy asks why aren't their more female leads in DC books? A: Didio puts him in his place because they have around 8 books in the new 52 starring women. Q: Where are the New Gods? A: You'll see them in Multiversity next summer. Q: Why the number 52? A: 52 is a magical number in the DCU. Q: IS Hawk going to face any blowback from not completing his mission in BD? A: Wait and see.
12:00- Q: Have you considered bring artwork into digital? Creating online 3d digital comic. A: Didio says it's something they're thinking about, but they're focusing on the books now, but the books will be available as digital online, just not 3d.... 3D comics? That sounds a tad ridiculous. Q: Which of the 52 should you give to your friends? A: Judd Winnick says give them all to your friends. Other than that there is no real answer. Q: Will Ambush Bug ever return? A: Didio says no. Giffen doesn't want to do it.Next question asker says he's glad Rob Liefeld is back at DC. Red Robin, sitting next to me, asks his friend who Rob Liefeld is. ::facepalm::
12:10- Q: Do you think that Sinestro's willpower has made him your perfect character? A: Johns says yes. Morrison talks about Batman and says Batman Leviathan will be his last story with the character next year. It will be a huge story.
12:15- 15 minutes left and my butt is killing me. Q: Please do something with Aquaman. Is Batwing going to have invisible children or something else I couldn't hear? A: Judd says no because it's a super-hero book. Batwing's arch-villain is called Massacre. They'll be staying away from the politics. Q: What costume would you guys wear? A: Johns says Grant Morrison. Morrison says he's here as Lex Luthor. Q: Will Cassandra Cain be in the new DCU? A: Morrison says yes. Q: Are you committed to hiring more women? A: Didio says we're committed to hiring the best writers and artists around. The crowd yells Gail Simone. Grant Morrison says if you want to work for DC, send your stuff in.
12:25 Scott Lobdell talks about a new Latino character named "Wall" AKA Miguel who can create a 3 foot by 3 foot force field. Q: Are Flashpoint elements getting carried over? A: The Element Woman gets caried over, Grifter, some of the things that happen to Cyborg will get carried over. Final Question: Guy bashes a few comic series. He brings in Green Lantern/Plastic Man: Weapons of Mass Distraction. Morrison takes it and like it. Judd says one man's trash is another man's treasure.