Alrighty folks, pull up a seat, grab your favorite treats, and buckle up because you’re going to want to hear this. In the past couple of years there has been one Uni within the DC mothership that has only gotten progressively better with each and every issue of its main title and tie-ins respectively, and that is “BATMAN”. With that being said you would have thought that ol’ Bats and the rest of the Fam. would be safe from the upcoming “reboot” that the publisher will be instating in September. Well think again, because today DC released ALL the deets on their decisions to revamp several of the titles in the Bat-Library, and we have all of that PLUS the first ever stills from “BATMAN” Issue #1, “BATWOMAN” Issue #1, “NIGHTWING” Issue #1, and MORE! Read on for the skinny…
WRITTEN BY: Tony Daniel
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: N/A
THE DISH: Bringing an end to the highly successful reign of “AMERICAN VAMPIRE” scribe Scott Snyder on the project, this September DC will be bringing in Tony Daniel to take over the pen for the series. Thus far there is no information on who will be illustrating the series, and very little is known about the direction of the series, but according to CBR Daniel will be introducing an all new Bat-Villain known as “The Gotham Ripper”.
“BATMAN” Issue #1
WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Greg Capullo
THE DISH: The Grandpappy of all the Bat-Titles will also be getting revamped, and in a huge way. The series will be sporting an all new #1 tagline, and also be gaining the dream creative team of Scott Snyder (“AMERICAN VAMPIRE”, Formally “DETECTIVE COMICS”) and illustrator Greg Capullo (“SPAWN”, “HAUNT”)! No further details were released.
“NIGHTWING” Issue #1
WRITTEN BY: Kyle Higgins
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Eddy Barrows
“”After a tenure as the Batman of Gotham, Dick Grayson resumes his mantle as Nightwing! As Dick embraces his identity, Haley’s Circus, the big top where he once performed with his family, returns to Gotham – bringing with it a history of murder, mystery and superhuman evil. Nightwing must confront friends and enemies from his past as he searches for the source of an even greater evil.”
THE DISH: Confirming predictions that Gotham Cities’ current cowl-bearer would be stepping down in the coming months, Dick Grayson will be dusting off the old “NIGHTWING” costume with his own all new monthly.
“BATWOMAN” Issue #1
WRITTEN BY: J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Amy Reeder
THE DISH: The posturing finally ends for those who have been waiting on bated breath since last year for the release of “BATWOMAN” issue #1. The title will continue to boast its multiple award winning creative team, and with fingers crossed, hit shelves in September.
“CATWOMAN” Issue #1
WRITTEN BY: Judd Winick
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Guillem March
“Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in CATWOMAN #1, written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Guillem March.
THE DISH: The First Lady Of Gotham Crime, “CATWOMAN”, also gets her own monthly in September, with no details on how/if the move will affect “GOTHAM CITY SIRENS”.
“BATGIRL” Issue #1
WRITTEN BY: Gail Simone
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes
“Batgirl’s going to have to face the city’s most horrifying new villains as well as dark secrets from her past in BATGIRL #1, the stunning debut issue from fan-favorite writer Gail Simone and artists Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes.
THE DISH: Fan favorite Gail Simone takes up the pen for the relaunch of DC’s “BATGIRL”. “No word” on who that is gracing the cover, but unless Stephanie goes to the hair salon sometime between now and September, our bets are on an all new heroine.
“BIRDS OF PREY” Issue #1
WRITTEN BY: Duane Swierczynski
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Jesus Saiz
“The Birds of Prey are Gotham City’s covert ops team, taking down the villains other heroes can’t touch. Mystery novelist and comics writer Duane Swierczynski teams up with Jesus Saiz for BIRDS OF PREY #1, the first issue of the hard-hitting new series.
THE DISH: The “BIRDS OF PREY” also get a much needed reboot to go along with an all new creative team.
“BATWING” Issue #1
WRITTEN BY: N/A
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: N/A
“Batwing #1 is a series that spins right out of Grant Morrison’s Batman Incorporated storyline. This is the first time that we have an in-continuity black character wearing the Batman costume,” said Batman group editor Mike Marts. “Grant has provided us with so many new characters and concepts. He’s really just been a fountain of ideas and energy for the Batman group of titles. We have so many different cool things to choose from what Grant creates, and we go with what we think is going to provide readers with the most story and the most excitement. And with this, Batwing won out.”
THE DISH: The first attempt at spinning an all new “Batman” from Morrisson’s “BATMAN INCORPORATED” monthly is announced, and by the looks of it the series will be taking the series into very testy territory as it deviates away from the Bat-Family dynamic.
“RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS” Issue #1
WRITTEN BY: N/A
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: N/A
“He’s proven to be such a popular character over the last several years with our DVD and also the recent limited series,” Marts said of Jason Todd. “The success of those stories helped in earning him his own new title and we’re lucky to have Scott Lobdell writing that storyline and Kenneth Rocafort on art, who is a great new talent that we’ve brought into the DC fold. Jason Todd’s group will have several different exciting characters from the DC Universe – some we’ve seen before and some we haven’t.”
THE DISH: Jan Brady herself gets his own monthly series alongside Green Arrow’s unfortunate sidekick, Arsenal. The duo will be joined by Starfire to round out Gotham’s version of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. No further details are currently available on this one.
In other news “BATMAN AND ROBIN” will also be seeing it’s own reboot, but will retain the creative team of Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, while “BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT” will be doing the same yet retaining its own creative team. DC has also confirmed that Damian Wayne will continue to be the Robin to Bruce Wayne’s Batman.
Finally, Grant Morrison has also confirmed that the first “season” of “BATMAN INCORPORATED” will end with issue #10 in August, and that the series will be taking a hiatus until next year…
The series will take a brief hiatus while I work on a major new project to be announced shortly. ‘Batman, Incorporated’ returns next year with me, Chris Burnham and Batman: Leviathan, the epic 12 part conclusion to my 6 year Batman saga. Don’t miss it!” – Grant Morrison one the future of “BATMAN INCORPORATED” (From – The Source)
The DC Universe Relaunch Begins This September!