SDCC 2017: DC Comics (and Vertigo) roundup!

DC took over San Diego Comic-Con over the past weekend and with vengeance with their upcoming releases for Batman, Harley Quinn, Dark Matter/Dark Nights: Metal, the anticipated return of Vertigo’s The American Way by Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley, and finally, Catwoman’s answer to Batman’s proposal.

In press conferences held during the weekend, DC released several key information, including revealing photos that could change everything in the comics.

Dark Nights: Metal

DC revealed the exclusive photo to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Dark Nights: Metal in person – and then released it on social media. Snyder revealed details on the new comic, which debuts in August, and sets the stage for the new line of Dark Matter series. It was beautiful.

Snyder, who has been placed in charge of Batman since the New 52 Reboot, revealed to the press that Dark Nights: Metal isn’t all about Batman. The series will ties in with the Justice League, because “It’s really a Justice League story even more than a Batman story”. Yes, Batman is the first to discover the Dark Multiverse, but the Justice League gets involved and the only way to stop it is to find the Nth metal, which is one of the rarest metals to find (hence, Metal).

Snyder told the press room that many readers should read the previous series – Court of Owls, End Game, Zero Year, Darkseid War – because “it’s tied to it”. So, expect some Easter Eggs in the series.

Snyder and Capullo felt proud of the work they’ve done on Metal.

“If Frazetta and Jack Kirby had a baby to a heavy metal soundtrack, Metal is that event,” said Snyder. “Battle armor, dinosaurs, robots. It’s really meant to be a celebration of comics and is a thank you to you, the fans, honestly. We’re going all out.”

We’ll be introduced to the five new Evil Batmen: The Red Death, The Murder Machine, The Dawnbreaker, The Drowned, the Merciless and The Devastator as part of DARK NIGHTS: METAL event beginning this August.

BATMAN: THE RED DEATH #1 (on sale September 20)
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico

BATMAN: THE MURDER MACHINE #1 (on sale September 27)
Written by Frank Tieri
Art by Ricardo Federici

BATMAN: THE DAWNBREAKER #1 (on sale October 4)
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Ethan Van Sciver

BATMAN: THE DROWNED #1 (on sale October 18)
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Philip Tan

BATMAN: THE MERCILESS #1 (on sale October 25)
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Francis Manapul

Batman #32

So, what will Catwoman say?

Unfortunately, writer Tom King did not reveal what Catwoman said, but he did give us some insight on what to expect in Batman #32.

King told the excited audience, “This is the best Batman arc I’ve ever done. If he gets engaged, it hits Batman on one level, right? ‘Holy crap, I’ve never been engaged before. I’ve been here 75 years, more stories have been written about me than anything.’ If he doesn’t get engaged, if she says no, if she says, ‘Your past is too much to overcome – what you just confessed in “Jokes and Riddles” is the most horrible thing I’ve ever heard, and I can’t be seen with you.’ That’s also something you’ve never seen before, and he’s destroyed.”

As much as we tried to get the answer from him, King wouldn’t budge, but he did reveal the title of it: ‘A Dream of Me’. This still told us nothing.

King did share the next comic Batman #33, which features art by Joelle Jones.

By the look of the image and the story, where Batman will go into the desert on horseback finding himself, we can tell Selina probably said no. King joked, Batman will be “shirtless” with “hair on his chest” and a sword in his hand. The story will include the Robins (Dick, Jason, Tim, and Damian) looking for Batman.

King also revealed, “In his mind, he’s entered some place he’s never gone, and now he’s going to go off on a mission that’s completely illegal. He’s doing it on his own because he hit that emotional breaking point, or happy point, that he has to move on. What we’re going to do [now] is sort of go inside the mind of this character and explore how he relates to you, and how he’s a hero.”

Yup, Selina probably said no.

 

The American Way: Those Above and Those Below

John Ridley returns to the The American Way series, after eleven years, to relive the story of our hero Jason Fisher, an African-American superhero with powers joins the Civil Defense Corps as the New American in 1962. The new series will be focused in 1972, ten years after the original story.

Ridley, along with artist Georges Jeanty, will tell Fisher’s story alongside the changing political landscape. Many of Fisher’s former colleagues are now on the opposite side of the law, including Amber Waves joining a group of domestic terrorists and Missy aka Ole Miss running for politics.

After working on several successful films and television shows since the comics ran, Ridley wants to continue to ‘tell his story’.

“I hope that this means something to the reader as it does with me,” Ridley told the room. “Looking at the span of lives, you can’t walk away from your past. You never know when others are going to show up.”

 

 

Harley turns 25!!!

Move over, Batman! It’s Harley Quinn’s turn to shine!

Celebrating her 25th year since her creation by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, Harley Quinn is going to have a Batman Day be HER day instead!

Jim Lee revealed the news to the press room, prior to the embargo date, and boy, do they have a bunch of things lined up for her!

To celebrate all things Quinn, DC plans to release several new collections – Harley Quinn: A Rogues Gallery: The Deluxe Cover Art Collection, Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1,  Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica, and an oversized anniversary issue featuring Harley’sentire cast of crazy characters in Harley Quinn #25.

Be ready for Harley’s takeover.

For more information, check out DC Comics’ here.

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