The post-Flashpoint announcements keep coming. I’ll start with the least first. After Flash saves everyone from evil Aquaman, we’ll see four GL books:
* Green Lantern by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke.
* Green Lantern Corps by Peter Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin.
* Green Lantern: The New Guardians by Tony Bedard and Tyler Kirkham.
* Red Lanterns by Peter Milligan and Ed Benes.
Not a lot of new stuff here, but we all hope that Red Lanterns don’t suck as
hard as Red Hulks. But now the real news . . .
HOLY NEW BAT-TITLES, BATMAN!
The “new” (i.e., returning with a number 1 until they hit a milestone number when they will probably revert to the old numbering) Bat-titles are listed below, in the order of which you should give the least to most sh!t about them . . .
· Batman and Robin by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason. No changes here, except that Dick isn’t Batman anymore; there will be only Bruce. Damian Wayne is still Robin. There is little doubt in my mind that this book will continue to suck wind.
· Batwing by Judd Winick and Ben Oliver. This will star Africa’s Batman—DC’s answer to Black Panther. Winick’s certainly a good writer, but if nobody bought the groundbreaking Unknown Soldier book, why would someone buy this? It promises to be completely irrelevant.
· Nightwing by Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows. Dick Grayson returns to the role.
· Detective Comics by writer/artist Tony Daniel. I didn’t buy Tony Daniel when did Batman. Now they’re moving him to Detective, and putting the Detective team on Batman. Just to f^C# with my pull list…
· Birds of Prey by Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz. Batman’s answer to X-Force. Can’t say I’m a big fan of Duane (he killed the Immortal Iron Fist comic, for one thing), but he did do well with Deadpool…
· Red Hood & The Outlaws by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort featuring Arsenal and Starfire. And speaking of Deadpool, how much does this look like a DP book?
· Catwoman by Judd Winick and Guillem March. Now here’s the first new one I’m excited about. A fantastic artist and writer team on what promises to be a dark, off-center superbook.
· Batman: The Dark Knight by writer/artist David Finch (no changes here).
· Batwoman by J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder. I’ll believe it (and buy it) when I see it, but if they ever actually get around to publishing it, it’ll be genius.
· Batgirl by Gail Simone and Ardian Syaf/Vicente Cifuentes. Gail Simone? Hmmm. This may end up on the pull list…Batgirl is Barbara Gordon again, with her legs working.
· Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Best bat-team working right now, in my opinion.
What all of this means for all the Incorporated dudes isn’t clear, but that title is off the roster. It will complete its run after issue #10 (which Grant Morrison promises will be a game-changer), and then will disappear for a few months until 2012, when it will return as Batman: Leviathan–a 12-part “conclusion” to Morrison’s entire Batman run. Presumably, that will be GM’s last work with the character (as he takes over Superman). And I’m sure it will be phenomenal.