If you thought Terry McGinnis heading to college in DC's digital-first Batman Beyond 2.0 series was going to be all energy drink-induced panic attacks during all-night term paper writing sessions and/or having a shway time chilling at the quad with the Justice League, you'll be pleased to know that from the beginning of the series all the way through this week's Chapter 13 written by Kyle Higgins with art by Thony Silas, Batman's been all about fighting futuristic bad guys. And we have a first look at the upcoming issue to prove it!
Last week, two of the very small handful of writers still working on DC Comics' New 52 titles they launched announced they were finally ending their runs. In the case of Teen Titans writer Scott Lobdell, the catalyst was the complete cancellation of the title with issue #30. Nightwing, meanwhile, will continue, but Kyle Higgins won't be writing it.
A distinctly different animal than the independent cartoonist, creators-owned collaboration or even work-for-hire artist, writing gigs in ongoing cape comics have always been fluid, but the turnover seems to be faster and more common now than it's ever been. Whether a result of cancellations, writers moving on to other things (often finite, creator-owned work), or creative differences with editorial, Marvel and DC writer runs are getting shorter and shorter.
Or are they? Maybe it just feels that way?
One of the most significant -- and to many readers, one of the most exciting -- developments in comics in the last few years has been the growth of Image Comics, with many of the most popular writers and artists in the industry currently producing much, if not all, of their creator owned work through the publisher. As such, Image Expo has become a highly anticipated event, as publisher Eric Stephenson uses the annual show to announce several upcoming books from both established and new talent.
Today's Image Expo continued that tradition, as more than a dozen new titles were announced, from Ed Brubaker, Grant Morrison, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Chris Burnham, Matt Fraction, Rick Remender and more.
The "Beyond" titles of DC Comics' acclaimed digital-first series are getting something of a software update this summer in the form of new creative teams and titles, some of which are particularly good news for longtime fans of the universe which first debuted with the Batman Beyond animated series all the way back in 1999. The flagship title Batma
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DC Comics' final Comic-Con panel of Saturday focused on the Dark and Edge lines of the forthcoming DC Universe relaunch. On stage for the San Diego crowd were editor Pat McCallum, Swamp Thing writer Scott Snyder, Animal Man and Frankenstein writer Jeff Lemire, Blackhawks writer Mike Costa, Suicide Squad writer Adam Glass, Men of War writer Ivan Brandon, Stormwatch and Demon Knights writer Paul Cornell, Deathstroke writer Kyle Higgins, All-Star Western artist Moritat and I, Vampire writer Joshua Hale Fialkov.
While no major news was announced at the panel, each creator was able to discuss their work in quite a lot of depth, even to the point where there was very little time for a Q&A session with fans. Their enthusiasm was palpable, with many of them discussing the research and themes that went into their books and going