By Todd Allen
The Nocenti move has a bit more eyebrow raising to it. DC has announced that Nocenti is taking over Catwoman with issue #0. What’s so weird about that? #0 was solicited as being written by the now-previous Catwoman scribe, Judd Winnick. This is a fairly last-minute change. Remember, Winnick was scheduled to write Green Arrow #0 _and_ Catwoman #0 when the September solicitations came out.
Several interviews have Nocenti back on Green Arrow after the #0 issue. No artist has been announced on the Catwoman #0 issue or on the ongoing. If this is too much of a last minute change, it wouldn’t surprise me if an extra artist or two gets involved as Nocenti’s run begins.
As for Winnick, Newsarama has him saying he’s still on Batwing and “writing and drawing an original graphic novel for kids.” That graphic novel isn’t associated with a publisher right now. Winnick also says people “can probably look for me in some other upcoming DC monthlies.”
Then you’ve got Tony Daniel. There aren’t too many books bigger than his Detective Comics, but Daniel has landed on one. Daniels will be drawing Justice League 13 and 14. What’s the hook for these two issues? Let’s let Geoff Johns describe it:
“Tony and I will be re-introducing one of DC’s iconic villains – the Cheetah – and uncovering her mysterious connection to Wonder Woman and the Justice League,” added Johns. “For me, the Cheetah is up there with Black Manta, Sinestro and Captain Cold as one of the most iconic villains in the DC Universe, and she’ll become a major villainous force in 2012 and beyond. The fallout from JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 starts here as we head towards next year’s TRINITY WAR.”
Ah, the drum beat leading to an Event. Is it just me, or did Johns cite the Super Friends as his source for iconic villains?
At any rate, Daniel has moved on to DC’s #2 book for a couple of issues and is booked through November. It’s a decent way to set him up for his next title launch.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.