On Sunday afternoon at New York Comic-Con, DC Entertainment held an “All Access: Essentials” panel hosted by John Cunningham of marketing, and Mark Doyle, the group editor of the Batman books, just in time for Batman’s 75th anniversary.
WB animation commissioned two special shorts that although released, have never been screened for audiences on a large screen. The panel audience enjoyed “Strange Days” by Bruce Tim that has a late 1930s feel, and a “Batman Beyond” by Darwin Cook that looks futuristic.
Cunningham and Doyle took fans through a slideshow commenting on what DC lovers can pick up now as well as look forward to…
Batman: Endgame Part 1 issue 35: The Joker’s back and it’s the best work by far. Joker’s endgame gets bigger and bigger with each issue until he’s gained control of the Justice League. The next issue…you gotta read it guys! Batman fights everyone one by one and in 36, Superman comes down. He gets his own issue. It stayed a secret until it came out (this past week).
Batman: Death of the Family Volume 3
Batman Eternal: Is a weekly format and an extremely crazy exciting series of batman books right now. Hush is a major player right now.
Batgirl: Comes out this week. It’s a total revision of character, by Stewart/Fletcher/Tarr/Wicks. She needed a shakeup in her life and moves to an area of Gotham called Burnside. It’s the Brooklyn of Gotham. It’s a great collaboration. She’s badass. It’s pure comics storytelling.
Arkham Manor: Is out on October 27th. In Batman Eternal, Arkham Asylum collapses. So what do we do with the crazies? We take Wayne Manor and it’s the asylum Bruce thinks father would support. But somebody starts killing off the inmates. Batman puts himself inside the manor because the only way to solve it is on the inside.
Gotham Academy: It’s a YA book that is near and dear to Mark, who said: “We felt we were missing young kids with our books. I wanna go with something fun and young. We thought kids wouldn’t care about the bat signal. So we created this school with secrets. And though they live in the shadow of batman, it’s connected to batman. It’s an accessible book with all new characters. There’s Olive Silverlock and her friend Max. It’s exciting and fun. You will fall in love with these characters. It’s smart and really clever storytelling.”
Gotham by Midnight: Coming the end of November. Really scary book. It’s a cop book, a procedural book. It’s the midnight shift that sees really weird stuff. The main character is Corrigan, who’s dealing with his own stuff. You’ve heard of the Spectre.