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SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2006


LOS ANGELES -- Infinite Crisis writer Geoff Johns said that #6 is the best issue of the series to date.

"You see the whole story come together and you see the purpose of why we did the book," Johns said during the DC Universe panel at Wizard World Los Angeles on Saturday.

Jim Lee's cover to Infinite Crisis #6 was shown. The issue is scheduled to be in stores on April 5.

"Superboy-Prime is back and he's not very happy," Johns said. "And some people might get hurt."

In other highlights from the panel.

* Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, the eight-issue mini-series by by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Daniel Acuna launches in July.

* DiDio and Johns both said that Infinite Crisis #7 will reveal who will be the costume for The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive.

* Johns said he is "totally changing up" Teen Titans. One Year Later, some 20-24 members have been on the team.

* Mark Waid on the retitled Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes: "It's like King Arthur showing up in our time. To these people, she's a legend. Some weren't even sure she existed."

* DiDio on the four Superman Returns specials: "It's exciting to create new material that ties in the summer's big blockbuster. If we were going to do something to tie in with Superman Returns, I couldn't think of a better way to go."

Each of the specials tie the original Superman movie to the new film. They will all feature Adam Hughes covers.

Artists Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino join Kurt Busiek as the regular team on Superman #654 in July. Editor Matt Idelson said he doesn't expect any delays in schedule.

"Carlos is going to be around for a while," Idelson said. "There's not going to be a fill-in in the second or third issue at all."

The new writing team to join artist Adam Kubert beginning with Action Comics #844 in October remains "top secret."

New Superman/Batman writer Mark Verheiden said that #27, which features Power Girl and the Huntress, is "in an odd way, one of the most fun things I've ever done."

Ethan Van Sciver joins Verheiden for six issues beginning with #28. Van Sciver said to be on the lookout for a Superman vs. Kilowog throwdown.

* Following Van Sciver's run, Pat Lee will draw a three-issue arc that features the Metal Men.

* Van Sciver reiterated that someday he hopes to work on Plastic Man.

* Asked about Doctor Fate, DiDio said, "The helmet will be very active in the DC Universe."

* Johns said Breach will be in Infinite Crisis #6. "I liked the character," he said. "I thought that run was really interesting."

* DiDio said there are plans for the Haunted Tank, and they don't involve 52.

* Andy Diggle has some new projects in the works, DiDio said, but they don't involve Adam Strange.

* Jeff Smith's Shazam! mini-series should be out by the end of the year, DiDio said.

* Monolith will appear in Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Bludhaven.

* Batlash will be returning to Jonah Hex.

DiDio said there are plans for more Neal Adams work at DC.

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