Writer of ComicsAlliance favorites The Wake and Batman, Scott Snyder is enjoying a kind of imperial phase of his comic book career, where everything he releases is met with commercial popularity as well as critical success. A long form collaboration with artists Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia, Batman has been the unquestionable leader of DC Comics' "New 52" line of superhero titles, routinely appearing in the #1 spot of monthly sales charts and just completing a wild and operatic revision of the Dark Knight's origin story in "Zero Year" -- an arc that CA's resident Batmanologist Chris Sims suspects may go down as one of his favorite Batman stories of all time.
But beneath Batman's twisty plots and memorably big moments lies the true trademark of Snyder's work; a conscious, almost intuitive sense of his characters' psychology and inner lives. It's Snyder's fundamental understanding of his heroes and villains that drives all the occasionally over-the-top action of his series, and of Batman especially.
Dr. Andrea Letamendi is a clinical psychologist and co-host of The Arkham Sessions -- the ComicsAlliance feature focused exclusively on psychology as expressed in Batman: The Animated Series -- and she sat down with Snyder at Comic-Con International in San Diego for a chat about the themes of mental health in not just his work, but in his own life.
This week, Chris and Matt get a little sidetracked while talking about Batman Eternal #4, which is scripted by John Layman and has art by Dustin Nguyen, and get into a discussion about writing comics like TV shows. After that, their discussion about Southern Bastards #1 by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour weirdly heads into a discussion about Bruce Jones' Incredible Hulk run. Finally, they talk about CMYK #1, and some of the controversy around it.
Last week, the news broke that Dick Grayson would no longer be operating as Nightwing, instead being relaunched into a new spy-themed adventure series called Grayson, by Tim Seeley, Tom King and Mikel Janin. Spinning out of the events of Forever Evil that saw his identity revealed to the world, the new series finds the former Robin, former Nightwing and former Batman (dude has a long resumé) joining up with Spyral, a mysterious organization that first appeared in Batman Incorporated.
To find out more about Grayson's transition from superhero to superspy, I talked to Seeley, who has been working with King, a former CIA counterterrorism officer, to bring the series to life. In the interview, we discuss Dick Grayson's role as a "free spirit" who isn't tied to Gotham City in the way that Batman is, the writing process of Batman Eternal, and even the "G" on Dick's chest.
Each week, ComicsAlliance’s Chris Sims and Matt Wilson host the War Rocket Ajax podcast, their online audio venue for interviews with comics creators, reviews of the books of the week, and whatever else they want to talk about. ComicsAlliance is offering clips of the comics-specific segments of the show several days before the full podcast goes up at WarRocketAjax.c
Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance podcast, covering the latest comic book entertainment news topics. Joining Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner for this episode is CA writer Matt D. Wilson for a conversations about the the keynote address delivered by Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson to the ComicsPro Retailer Conference in Atlanta. Stephenson made a characteristically iconoclastic and not altogether unassailable presentation, urging retailers to become community leaders, abandon their support of gimmicky, high-priced publishing practices, and draw a distinction between good and bad comics.
We’ll contrast Stephenson’s remarks with those of Dan DiDio, his counterpart at DC Comics, one of the stop superhero publishers, who in an interview this week confirmed plans to double— even triple-down — on weekly comics, crossovers and 3D covers, publishing strategies that are seemingly exactly the sort of thing Stephenson that criticized.
An email from DC publicity states that the 3D covers will again hit stores in September, this time tying into a Futures End-related event that will tell stories set in a possible future, five years ahead of the current timeline (like "One Year Later" did concurrently alongside the weekly 52 event series a few years back... x5). Newsarama reports that the new weekly series will kick off in October.
Few absent characters in comics have caused the kind of internet outcry that Stephanie Brown has. A favorite of many readers from her time as Spoiler through her turns as Robin and eventually Batgirl, her unexplained disappearance when DC Comics launched the New 52 was the cause of much debate, with some eventually assuming that she’d never return.
But Scott Snyder thought she would. And on DC Comics' Batman panel at New York Comic Con today, the “showrunner” for the upcoming weekly Batman: Eternal series revealed to a delighted crowd that Stephanie Brown will be returning to Gotham City in the pages of Batman: Eternal next year.
From 52 to Countdown to Trinity, there was a three year period in which weekly comics were a staple of DC Comics' publishing initiative. Now the publisher is returning to the format, as today DC Comics announced Batman:Eternal, a year long weekly series focusing on the Dark Knight and Gotham City. The title will feature a writing team led by current Batman scribe Scott Snyder, and its launch will coincide with the character's 75th anniversary.
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