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Sunday, May 2, 2004

WONDERCON: DC UNIVERSE PANEL

SAN FRANCISCO -- DC Comics staged its DC Universe panel at WonderCon on Saturday, with numerous news tidbits coming out of the presentation and subsequent question-and-answer session.

Following is a rundown:

* Green Lantern: Rebirth, featuring the return of Hal Jordan as Green Lantern, will launch in October. The five-issue mini-series is by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver.

* The four-issue Majestic mini-series, by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Karl Kerschl, with covers by Ed McGuinness, begins in August.

* The six-part "Godfall" Superman story, co-written by Michael Turner and Joe Kelly with covers by Turner and art by Talent Caldwell, will be collected into a hardcover in August.

* DC released Jim Lee's cover to Superman #207.

* Scott Morse will be providing two standalone issues of Plastic Man.

* In Wonder Woman, Medousa continues to make trouble as tensions between the U.S. and Themyscira continue to rise.

* JSA: Strange Adventures, a six-issue mini-series set in the 1940s, is written by Kevin J. Anderson and drawn by Barry Kitson and will launch in August. In the story, Johnny Thunder, determined to become a pulp fiction writer, meets real-life s.f. Grand Master Jack Williamson -- and together, they must help the JSA battle the villainous Lord Dynamo, who enters the scene on a deadly zeppelin crewed by robot zombies.

* Creators on DC Comics Presents, the two-month tribute to Julius Schwartz, include writers Jeph Loeb, Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Brian Azzarello, Mark Waid, Kurt Busiek, Stan Lee and Paul Levitz and artists Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, J.H. Williams III, Jerry Ordway, Scott McDaniel, Walter Simonson, Brian Bolland and Dave Gibbons.

* Action Heroes Archives is DC's first Archive of material from Charlton Comics, gathering classic Captain Atom adventures by Steve Ditko originally published from 1960-1966 in Space Adventures #33-42 and Captain Atom #78-82.

* Bloodhound is a new monthly series by Dan Jolley, Leonard Kirk and cover artist Dave Johnson that launches in July. In the story, the FBI recruits inmate Travis Clevenger, better known as Bloodhound, for his extraordinary gift for tracking metahuman criminals. But will Clevenger's violent nature cause the Bureau to regret its decision?

"It's got a different tonality," said DC's Dan DiDio. "The world of the DCU is a tougher place and you need tough guys to handle it."

* A new Manhunter series launches in August, written by Marc Andreyko, with art by Jesus Saiz and Jimmy Palmiotti and covers by Jae lee. In the story, top federal prosecutor Kate Spencer has been pushed to the limit by a justice system that puts super-villains back on the street to strike again. Spencer raids an evidence locker of confiscated metahuman weaponry to deliver her own brand of justice to evildoers.

* DiDio said Scratch, the new mini-series by Sam Kieth, is meant to restore a horror element to the DCU.

* Catwoman: When in Rome, by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, is a six-issue mini-series beginning in the fall. Look for more on this project soon here in The Continuum.

* Batman: The 12-Cent Adventure will kick off the three-month "War Games" event in the Bat-titles. The book is written by Devin Grayson, with art by Ramon Bach and Raul Fernandez and a cover by Cameron Stewart. Look for more on "War Games" soon here in The Continuum.

* Mini-series Lex Luthor: Man of Steel and The Question are now scheduled for October and November, respectively.

* Jerry Ordway is providing the art for the two-part "Waking the Sandman," which starts in JSA #63 in June. Silver Age hero Cave Carson comes into the mix to find the missing Sand, who's been trapped underground ever since he literally prevented the earth from pulling itself apart.

* Geoff Johns said an upcoming arc of Teen Titans will have Beast Boy becoming "contagious" and 13-year-old kids will become green animals.

* DiDio said a Metal Men book is being discussed and should follow the relaunch of Doom Patrol and Challengers of the Unknown.

* Nightwing #93 will be Patrick Zircher's last issue as artist of Nightwing. A new artist has not been announced yet.

* DiDio said an announcement regarding the new Legion creative team "should be any day now."

* Judd Winick said a new arc in Green Arrow called "New Blood" will introduce a new villain, Brick.



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