I was perusing Newsarama for word of news coming from the Wonder-Con when several tidbits from the DC Nation panel caught my eye. Some of this information affects my future buying decisions while other items are just plain interesting. Here is a smattering:
-Green Arrow will end with #75, Winick said, adding that the very last page of the issue features Oliver Queen offering an engagement ring to Black Canary. With that issue, Winick said, he’ll be off the series and character.
Newsarama Note: In clarifying his comment, Winick later told Newsarama: " I'm done, and DC is as well, with the monthly book Green Arrow. I'm not done, and DC is not done with Green Arrow. And that's all I say."
Didio said that the repercussions of the engagement will be felt throughout Countdown and the DCU, and when prodded, Wayne said that there will most likely be a miniseries spin out of the end of the series.
Winick said that “repercussions” seen will involve other heroes throughout the DCU weighing in on the engagement.
So what Rich Johnston reported in his Lying in The Gutter column was spot-on. Man, I don't want this to happen. It does change my initial thoughts about dropping Green Arrow thought. I will continue to ride that boat to the shore based on this information.
-There are no plans to put a memorial for Stephanie Brown in the Batcave, Didio said, noting that she became Robin out of her own resort, was never accepted into the full role and Bat-family, and died as Spoiler, not as Robin.
That sucks- just give the girl her due already.
-Didio said that there is hope for another solo Power Girl series.
This is great news as Power Girl is a favorite character of mine.
-Didio reiterated that Manhunter will be continuing and will begin again with issue #31, starting in July.
Can I hear a big "Yay" on that one?
-James Robinson does have a story in mind for more Jack Knight stories, and the door is open, Didio said, now, scheduled just need to match up
-The Firestorm series: can it be saved like Manhunter? Didio: Not right now.
From the DC Great Expectations Panel:
-Pointing out the Amazons Attack slide, Didio asked who was reading Wonder Woman, which was answered by cries of “When it comes out.”
“We deserve that,” Didio said, and then outlined the coming plans on the ongoing Wonder Woman series, with Idelson adding that they are hoping to have the Wonder Woman Special with the conclusion of Allan Heinberg’s “Who is Wonder Woman” coming out in September.
Which basically means that what we have read in issues one to four won't make sense until then. Thank you so much for wasting my time and money for the last several months. Don't ever do it again.
-In terms of the future of Batwoman, Didio said that he hopes to expand upon the character and continue using the character after 52.
-Will DC being doing anything with more political elements woven in, a la Civil War at Marvel? Didio: Great question – but you can’t go spot on with a direct approach, because you don’t want to trivialize things in the real world. We bring a lot of reality to your books, but there are things we can’t bring in because the heroes just don’t work well in those aspects. There are certain places to tell those stories, but I’m not sure if that’s something that interacts well with the DC Universe.
Basically this means that DC is taking the opposite stance of Marvel.
-Will there be more annuals coming? Didio: Yes – the Nightwing Annual in April which explains the proposal between Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon; and Outsiders Annual.
Winick: That will wrap up the One Year Later story, and be drawn by Scott McDaniel.
Didio: And a Wonder Woman Annual too.
There is some great news and there is some mediocre news, but all in all I am pretty excited to hear about DC's plans for the upcoming year.