A slew of creators filled the seats of a crowded WonderCon press room with surprises that started before the event began. Perched in one of the seats was a former Marvel exclusive creator and current writer of Marvel Comics’ Star-Lord. The event was streaming across multiple platforms, but the audience was still encouraged to make noise and take photos with ‘Green Lantern’ photography. DC All-Access host Tiffany Smith came on-stage to introduce the event.

The publisher showed a video showcasing some of the most popular moments in the publishing history, including panels from Flash: Rebirth, Final Crisis and much much more. DC Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee were welcomed to the stage. Lee thanked the various teams that put the show together including the WonderCon staff, live-streaming team, DCE President Diane Nelson, and finally…the fans.

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Getting straight to the point, DiDio explained the reasoning behind their upcoming Rebirth event. “What this is about, is to show you that we care as much as you do about these characters.”

DiDio introduced DC’s Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns. Johns’ recalled the story of DiDio first telling him about the “Rebirth” of DC. Johns’ shared part of the cover to DC Universe: Rebirth #1 by Gary Frank. Lee introduce new costumes for various characters, including Supergirl in a brand new jacket!

DiDio addressed the price point of double-shipping titles, stating that they would maintain the line-wide $2.99 price point.

Finally, we got to the moment everyone has been waiting for: the announcement of talent behind DC Rebirth titles.  In order to introduce the various creatives on each book, artists and writers told stories about their favorite moments in DC history.


So Who’s Making What?

Batman

Writer: Tom King

Artist: David Finch

Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

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All-Star Batman

Writer: Scott Snyder

Artists: John Romita Jr., Jock, Sean Murphy, Tula Lotay, Paul Pope, and more…

This book will feature a rotating series of HUGE artists!  In addition, it was announced that Scott Snyder has officially signed an exclusive deal with DC Comics.

Romita Jr. teased that All-Star Batman will feature Batman dragging Two-Face across the country.

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Detective Comics 

Writer: James Tynion IV

Artist: Eddy Barrows

According to Tynion, Spoiler, Clayface, and Cassandra Cain will be major players in the post-Rebirth Detective Comics.

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Nightwing

Writer: Tim Seeley

Artists: Javier Fernandez and Marcus To

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Batgirl

Writer: Hope Larson

Artist: Rafael Albuquerque

Larson mentioned that Barbara is heading to Asia!

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey

Writers: Jim Benson and Shawna Benson

Artist: Claire Row

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Red Hood & the Outlaws

Writer: Scott Lobdell

Artist: Dexter Soy

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Action Comics

Writer: Dan Jurgens

Artists: Patrick Zircher, Tyler Kirkham, Stephan Segovia, and more…

Action Comics will begin shipping twice monthly in June!

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New Super-Man

Writer: Gene Luen Yang

Artist: Viktor Bogdanovic

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Supergirl

Writer: Steve Orlando

Artists: Brian Ching

Supergirl will begin shipping in September!

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Superman

Writers: Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

Artists: Patrick Gleason and Doug Mahnke

Gleason pulling double duty!

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Superwoman

Writer: Phil Jimenez

Artist: Emanuela Lupacchino

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Trinity

Writer: Francis Manapul

Artist: Francis Manapul and Clay Mann

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Wonder Woman

Writer: Greg Rucka

Artist: Liam Sharpen and Nicola Scott

Wonder Woman will ship bi-weekly with two concurrent storylines.  Scott’s issues, which will all be even-numbered, will tell Wonder Woman’s “year one” story. Sharpen’s issues, the odd-numbered ones, will encompass a story entitled “Wonder Woman: The Lies.”

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Justice League

Writer: Bryan Hitch

Artists: Tony Daniel and Fernando Pasarin

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The Flash

Writer: Joshua Williams

Artists: Carmine Di Giandomenico and Neil Googe

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Aquaman

Writer: Dan Abnett and Brad Walker

Artist: Brad Walker, Jesus Merino, and Phil Briones

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.

Writer: Robert Venditti

Aritsts: Ethan Van Sciver and Rafa Sandoval

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Titans

Writer: Dan Abnett

Artist: Brett Booth

The ongoing Titans Hunt even will tie directly into DC Universe: Rebirth #1

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Teen Titans

Writer: Ben Percy

Artist: Jonboy Meyers

The ongoing Titans Hunt even will tie directly into DC Universe: Rebirth #1

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Green Lanterns

Writer: Sam Humphries

Artists: Robson Rocha and Ardian Syaf

Geoff Johns is co-writing a Green Lantern one-shot with Sam Humphries, which will be the first Green Lantern comic he’s written in four years!

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Cyborg

Writer: John Semper

Artists: Will Conrad and Paul Pelletier

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Harley Quinn

Writer: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Artists: Chad Hardin and John Timms

Harley Quinn will begin shipping bi-weekly in August.

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Suicide Squad

Writer: Ron Williams

Artists: Jim Lee and Philip Tann

The new team will include Katana, Killer Croc, Deadshot, Boomerang, and Harley Quinn!

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Blue Beetle

Writer: Keith Giffen

Artist: Scott Kolins

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Batman Beyond

Writer: Dan Jurgens

Artist: Bernard Chang

Batman Beyond will begin shipping in October.

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Deathstroke

Writer: Christopher Priest

Artists: Carlo Pagulayan, Igor Vitorino, and Felipe Watanabe

Deathstroke will begin shipping bi-weekly in August.

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Green Arrow

Writer: Ben Percy

Artist: Otto Schmidt and Juan Ferreyra

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Hellblazer

Writer: Simon Oliver

Artist: Justin Moritat

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In addition to all the creative announcements listed above, DC Comics also announced new titles without assigned creators including Justice League of America and Super Sons.

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Big Takeaways

  1.  Scott Snyder officially announced his exclusive deal with DC Comics.  He’ll be writing All-Star Batman, which features a rotating list of A-List talent including Jock and Sean Gordon Murphy.
  2. Greg Rucka is BACK at DC Comics, writing Wonder Woman and an upcoming Superman family title.
  3. Amanda Conner also announced an exclusive deal with DC Comics!
  4. RIP Batgirl of Burnside :(
  5. What’s going on in the apparently Asian-influenced New Super-Man?
  6. Tom King on Batman confirmed. I’ve had a Vision of great things to come…

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Post compiled and formatted by managing editor Alexander Lu.  Thanks to Alexander Jones, our reporter in the field, for the timely news breaks and stellar reporting! 

Comments

  1. krylox says

    looks much stronger than the initial new52 pool of creators. let’s hope for the best.

  2. Zach says

    Looks stronger than the initial new 52? Except for bringing in Rucka, it’s the same gang of idiots.

  3. Robb says

    Hey, Scott Lobdell is down to one book a month now. That alone is a victory. Maybe Harras will finally have to not give him any more writing assignments after he runs Red Hood further into the ground.

  4. Jason says

    Overall I like Snyder, King, Jurgens and Seeley staying on the Batverse side of things and it feels like the books will just organically grow into the new status quo for some reason. Otherwise until I see some real descriptions of concepts behind the titles not really overly interested in any of these titles just based on a marketing burst.

  5. Kentucky Fried Horse says

    And so we have Barbara Gordon still as Batgirl. So much for the hopes of a return to the old continuity.

  6. Suzene says

    Can’t say I’m blown away by the old-new mismash going on above, but I can see a couple of books I’m definitely picking up and a couple more I’ll keep an eye on. That’s more interest than I was able to scrape up for Marvel post-Secret Wars.

    Also, how the hell did DC managed to score Christopher Priest on Deathstroke?! That’s amazing.

  7. Tim says

    Comics are synonymous with habits. For those of us who’ve been away, it might just be easier to maintain the habit than go out of the way to look in on DC’s characters again. Especially since such irrevocable damage has been done to them.

    That includes the travesty of the cinematic universe.

    More for everyone else, I guess. :)

  8. says

    Yep, I sure do remember Tom King, Christopher Priest, Hope Larson, Gene Luen Yang, Simon Oliver, Phil Jimenez, and Dan Abnett’s total of 0 comics in the New 52 launch.

    Yes, many of these writers are *now* writing DCU books (though not Larson, Priest, Oliver, or Jimenez, let alone relatively new writers like Percy, Semper, or the Bensons) but there’s a lot of people with titles coming out this summer that weren’t at DC post-Flashpoint.

    Sorry to see SECRET SIX, BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE, and DOCTOR FATE go (along with the promised second PREZ series, most likely), but turnover is inevitable. Sigh.

  9. says

    I’m not a Deathstroke fan, but I’m looking forward to Priest’s take. Good to have him back.

    This feels like a pretty conservative list; not a lot of surprises or risks. It feels like, as some people have been saying, DC’s shying away from its last round of launches, and trying to appeal to old fans instead of new ones. I don’t think that’s a good sign.

    Of course, this isn’t everything DC’s going to be publishing; I hear Gotham Academy is coming back too, and it’s a great example of a book that’s not like anything else the company is doing. (Albeit, yes, another Batman tie-in.)

  10. Kard says

    Going by these images of Superman, I get the feeling they’re killing off the New 52 Superman, and replacing him with that middle-aged Superman who has a son. There you go, says it all, the target audience for these books

  11. Zach says

    @Kevin – Abnett was writing a post-Flashpoint book – Resurrection Man. Yang was writing Superman during the new 52 era.

  12. says

    @Kevin PREZ is coming back in October, as confirmed by the creatives on Twitter. Same is true for Gotham Academy, and I imagine a few other non-superheroic DC books. DC is sidelining them, likely in an attempt to focus the market on the mainstream “meat and potatoes” until Rebirth is well and truly out of the gates.

  13. ed says

    OK so they changed some of the creative staff. fine. But will the content of the stories be any different, or just the same stories for they have been doling out for the last 30 years? How much editorial interference will be made by the studio heads to keep characters in line with the other DC products( movies, and merch).

    How will the marketing of DC books be handled? Are they going to diversify their marketing plan, and I mean spreading the word and getting specific books to different target audiences? These are the things that may help them, because otherwise, this does not look any different than what they have been doing before.

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