DC Reboot – The Dark Side and More Batman
Where do we begin? Today DC broke out what they're calling "The Dark Side" of the DCU which has a combination of magic users and even a few Wildstorm appearances. I have to say I like that they're working Wildstorm into the DCU core and I think the reboot is the prefect way to do it. Also we have some exciting Bat news as Scott Lobdell's third book is revealed and it's The Red Hood and the Outlaws drawn by my personal favorite Kenneth Rocafort. I'm almost sad to see Rocafort at DC and hope that he doesn't become just another cover artist *coughDavidFinchcough*. A bit of sad news was the return of Batman Inc. which leaves me to believe that they're not going to take this opportunity to fix Batman and stop Grant Morrison's reign of terror. Thankfully book isn't going to hit until 2012, but that just means they're going to spend a year working backwards so they can get to where they are now... broken!
Here's everything else from DC's the Source with my own colorful commentary to accompany it.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.NIGHTWING will be written by Kyle Higgins with art duties handled by fan-favorite Eddy Barrows.
Please DC, don't screw this up. This might be the first time that Nightwing is cool.Batman’s former sidekick had put his past as The Red Hood behind him, when the reclusive Jason Todd finds himself unwillingly elected as the leader of an all-new team of outlaw vigilantes.As The Red Hood once again, Jason Todd will lead this new team of antiheroes, including Green Arrow’s rejected sidekick Arsenal and Starfire, a former prisoner of intergalactic war.RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS will be written by Scott Lobdell and illustrated by rising superstar artist Kenneth Rocafort.
They could be fighting puppies, I'm there. Roy's got his arm back, Starfire's there and hopefully the Red Hood doesn't suck as a character anymore... we'll see.This September, join with us in this historic moment when the first black character to wear the Batman mantle will be the first to star in his own ongoing series. BATWING will be written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Ben Oliver.
So Batwing is this popular huh? Shows up in one issue and a bunch of right wing Fox News watching jerks get a hold of it and he gets his own series from Winick huh? This will make it to six issues before being cancelled.DC Comics embraces its dark side. On the 40th anniversary of the character’s creation, the New York Times bestselling writer of AMERICAN VAMPIRE, Scott Snyder, teams up with Yannick Paquette (BATMAN, INCORPORATED) to bring horror back to the DC Universe in SWAMP THING #1. For years, one man served against his will as the avatar of nature. And while he may have been freed of the monster, he’s about to learn the monster will never truly let go of him.
Sndyer's on the book? I'm there.John Constantine, Deadman, Shade the Changing Man and Madame Xanadu are Justice League Dark, a band of supernatural heroes united to stop the dark things the rest of the DCU does not see in JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1, by Peter Milligan and artist Mikel Janin.
I'm interested in this book, but it seems like they didn't know where to throw these characters so they stuffed them all into one book.
Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? Find out in ANIMAL MAN #1, the start of a dramatic new series by acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire and artists Travel Foreman and Dan Green.
Set in the Middle Ages, the Demon leads an unlikely team to defend civilization and preserve the last vestiges of Camelot against the tide of history. Critically-acclaimed writer Paul Cornell and artists Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert combine sorcery, swords and superheroes in DEMON KNIGHTS #1.
Frankenstein and his network of strange beings work for an even stranger government organization: The Super Human Advanced Defense Executive. It’s the breakout hero of Seven Soldiers as you’ve never seen him before in FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF SHADE #1, the first issue of a dark new series from acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, The Nobody) and artist Alberto Ponticelli.
A cult favorite character returns in a new series written by his classic creative team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Joining them is JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST artist Fernando Dagnino. RESURRECTION MAN #1 is the story of a hero who wakes up with new powers each time he’s killed.
Vampires threaten to bring ruin to the DC Universe in I, VAMPIRE #1 by rising star Josh Fialkov and artist Andrea Sorrentino. Tortured by his centuries-old love for the Queen of the Damnned, Andrew Bennett must save humanity from the violent uprising of his fellow vampires, even if it means exterminating his own kind.
Priscilla Kitaen has just found out she’s a monster. A half-alien hybrid, the woman known as Voodoo must confront the secrets of her past to make sense of the nightmare her life has suddenly become. VOODOO #1 will be written by Ron Marz with art by Sami Basri.
Well that's all for now, but I'm sure that either later today they'll be more and if not there is always tomorrow!