Batman's 75th anniversary came during an incredibly eventful year for the Caped Crusader, and not just in terms of celebratory publications and commemorative events.
After former Vertigo editor Mark Doyle took over as Batman group editor in February, things changed, and not just for Batman himself. Supporting characters such as Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon shifted into new roles. The world of Gotham expanded with books that focused on unexplored corners, like the GCPD's supernatural unit, or the city's mysterious prep school. Even the mainline Batman titles, Batman and Detective Comics, told bold stories that weren't typical Batman fare. Creators pushed into new territory and took chances with their books, and as a result the Batman line looks much different than it did at the beginning of 2014.
Mark Doyle deserves the credit for steering the line and bringing in the creators who made these changes. Comics Alliance sat down with Doyle and DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras to look back on Doyle's first year as Batman group editor, and to look ahead to 2015, as DC relocates to new offices in Burbank, California.
You may have missed it as the internet continued to rage about this, but last Friday on its website DC Comics revealed four proposed looks for a new version of Lobo. Designed by Kenneth Rocafort, the distinctly svelte, sinister and maybe even sexy Lobo looks very much like the kind of standard sci-fi character you'd see from Top Cow (where Rocafort made his name), and is a dramatic shift away from the over-the-top '80s biker originally conceived by Keith Giffen and Roger Silfer and visually defined by Simon Bisley. In fitting Lobo fashion, things got ugly, which led to Marguerite Bennett -- who'll be writing the Lobo one-shot -- defending the book and herself before anyone's even had a chance to read it.
Probably best known for his pivotal role in Crisis on Infinite Earths, Psycho Pirate, the multiples-projecting emotional vampire, will make his first appearance in DC Comics' New 52 Universe next month in both Superman and Superboy. The character has been pretty radically redesigned from his previous incarnation. He's younger, has a shock of hair and is sporting one fancy jacket.
As everyone is no doubt thoroughly aware at this point, big changes are coming to the DC Universe in September, when their entire slate of comics relaunches with new #1 issues, all available simultaneously in print and digital...
Batman fans have only just started to soak in the massive shakeup at the end of today's Batman and Robin #16 by Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart, but for DC Editor-In-Chief and VP Bob Harras, the issue's potentially controversial contents are just another step along Morrison's carefully-crafted run on the series...
Anyone who's been paying attention to the DC Comics slate for the past year or two has probably noticed an increasing number of titles written and drawn by the same person. While some of these are by seasoned writer/artists -- Dan Jurgens and Howard Chaykin have been at this for decades -- a lot of them are by longtime artists with very little writing experience flying solo on surprisingly high-profile titles...
Bob Harras has been named the Editor-in-Chief and VP of DC Comics, as announced by DC Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio on The Source today. Harras is best known among comics fans as the Editor-in-Chief of Marvel comics from 1995 to 2000, and has been working at DC Comics most recently as a Group Editor in Collected Editions...
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