Yesterday’s release of BATMANn & ROBIN #16 — the final issue leading into the new BATMAN, INC., book by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette — included a shocking ending. Spoiler Text: Bruce Wayne announces he’s been funding Batman’s activities, for the first time establishing a public link between his two identities. It was also the first time DC’s new Editor-in-chief Bob Harras had made the press rounds with a bunch of interviews at various sites, including a chat with Kiel Phegley at CBR. Nothing too shocking or revelatory. Harras shows himself to be a smart publishing professional who likes Grant Morrison and thinks comics are a visual medium. He’s also getting a handle on a wide-ranging job:
One thing people have been noting a lot lately are scheduling issues around Batman comics. With so many books to publish and so many individual pieces having to fit together, how have you been looking at that aspect of the business?
I’m not there yet. That’s one of the things I’m going to be getting to in the next few weeks in general and not just Batman specifically.
Looking at the overall line, how has that transition been for you? Are we getting to the point where we’ll start to see some of the Bob Harras effect on DC’s publishing, or will most of what you’re working on be felt down the road in 2011?
You know, I think for me right now since it’s only been a few weeks, the long term gameplan is what I’m going to be talking about with the editors. It’s still very early in the game, and I can’t go much beyond that.
It’s definitely good to see Harras getting a chance to act as a DC spokesman — he’s a calming presence in what has been a difficult transition and that’s part of the reason he now holds the job he does.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.