The DC Comics Gotham Panel was hosted today at 10:45 a.m. by DC Executive Editor Ben Abernathy. The panel covered a lot of exciting new projects like The Riddler: Year One, Harley Quinn’s new history-spanning series, Tim Drake Robin, Batman Incorporated, Detective Comics, and more. Oh, and some sweet new cover reveals, including Batman variant covers by Joe Quesada!
Starting with The Riddler: Year One, Abernathy and Dano talked about what makes the Riddler, working on his first ever comic book series and why he hand-picked Serbian artist Stevan Subic to be the artist on the series (stay tuned as AIPT has an exclusive interview with Subic!). Subic joined the panel via a special video greeting and shared his excitement at making his U.S. comic book debut with the series. The audience also was shown a series of covers and interiors from the first issue, including the final version of the variant cover by DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee.
Check that out below and don’t miss the preview posted on AIPT.
Launching October 11, writer Ed Brisson and artist John Timms are creating all-new adventures featuring this international cast of superheroes in Batman Incorporated. Brisson appeared on the panel to discuss creating the series with Timms, the influence that Grant Morrison’s acclaimed series had on putting this series together, and even what the costume might look like for a Batman of Nova Scotia (Brisson’s home province in Canada). Brisson said he’s going to explore how Ghostmaker is going to earn the trust of a group that is so specifically inspired by Batman.
Writer Meghan Fitzmartin is taking Tim Drake in a bold new direction–read our review— and she’s keeping the train rolling with artist Riley Rossmo in their new series, Tim Drake: Robin. Meghan shared with fans her passion for Tim as a character and the opportunity to create a new world for him. “Tim was always trying his best and what makes Tim the detective that he is is his empathy and I think that speaks to a generation [of comics readers],” Fitzmartin said. Issue #2 is on sale on October 14.
Check out covers to Tim Drake: Robin #2 below!
We also learned from Frank Tieri, he and artist Logan Faerber are letting Harley run wild across the history of the DC Universe in Multiversity: Harley Screws Up the DCU, a six-issue limited series scheduled to launch March 2023. Check out an interior page from the series below.
Ram V shared a few updates on Detective Comics, working with Rafael Alburquerque, and talked about the growing role of Two-Face in the story. Fans in the audience also received a free copy of Detective Comics #1062, the first chapter of Ram and Rafael’s arc.
Check out a few covers revealed of November’s Detective Comics #1066 below.
The panel also included an update on artist Jorge Jiménez briefly stepping away from Batman beginning in January. Still, Abernathy ended the panel by ensuring that while Jorge was gone, both the series and writer Chip Zdarsky are in good hands, revealing both the variant covers for Batman #131 (January) and #132 (February), and a piece of art introducing artist Mike Hawthorne. The latter will fill in for Jorge on issues #131 to #134.
Oh, and those variant covers are by Joe Quesada. Check out that art below!
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