Here’s What You Missed at New York Comic Con: DC Comics Edition

Once upon a time, before the integration of all sorts of semi-unrelated media and publications, comic book conventions highlighted exactly that—comics. Now, I’m as grateful as any hardcore fan that the Dragon Ball franchise is getting the mainstream convention attention it deserves, but it’s always important to celebrate the comic book universe that started it all: DC Comics.

 

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New York Comic Con 2019 was truly eventful (especially for someone with a press pass), and DC announced loads to look forward to in the coming year. Here’s a quick run-through of some of the biggest things that DC will be bringing to shelves and more.

 

Year of the Villain

 

It’s Apex Lex Luthor vs. The Batman Who Laughs. Crazy s**t has gone down since comics superstar Scott Snyder broke open the DC Multiverse in his Dark Nights: Metal. The event introduced the already iconic villain, The Batman Who Laughs, who is now running rampant and turning the strongest in the multiverse into an unstoppable private army. Lex Luthor, now a super-powered-semi-alien creature, has released a cosmic being from the Multiverse’s fracture who can alter all of existence.

 

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Only one will be able to do as they please with the world. As writer James Tynion IV of the upcoming Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen series explains, “It’s kind of an Aliens vs. Predator situation: whoever wins, we lose.”

Even the most devout of us DC fans will wonder how our heroes will resolve this one.

 

 

The New DC Timeline

 

The past, present, and future of the DC universe collide. The Doomsday Clock event emphasized that every DC continuity in the last eighty years is indeed relevant and canon. Now, DC is OFFICIALLY streamlining its massive collection of continuities into a coherent timeline, an undertaking that literally made my jaw drop while at the DC Nation panel on Friday.

 

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According to publisher Dan Didio:

 

“We are trying to organize our stories in a way that makes cohesive sense from beginning to end, from the start of DC Comics to today. This timeline will build a continuity that makes sense across all of our characters, show them when they’re first introduced, how they interact with each other in one big story that will be the basis for all DC comics for the future.”

 

If you’ve ever wondered how to get into comics and where to start, DC is about to make it a whole lot easier.

 

 

Batman’s 80th Anniversary

 

While I am biased as a Batman fan (there’d be no Jason Todd/Red Hood without Batman), it’s appropriate to say that the Dark Knight has persisted in the public consciousness for good reason. Batman’s stories have withstood the test of time and have served as inspiration throughout the decades—and they’ve just been so damn good.

 

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The following is a quick interview conducted at New York Comic Con, where I sat down with a few prominent Batman creators to ask the age-old question:

 

“Even after eighty years, why does Batman continue to persist as an iconic figure?”

 

Scott Snyder (Batman: New 52, The Batman Who Laughs): “I think what makes him timeless is the idea that he teaches us that whatever scares us, whatever holds us down, whatever challenges we’re facing, we use those as fuel to get up and conquer, to use those as fuel to be a better person, have an effect that day and matter, so I think that’s a primal and very enduring lesson.”

Jock (Batman: Black Mirror, The Batman Who Laughs): “He can handle any story and any environment that he’s placed in, and that’s all he needs.”

Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One): “I’d say he brings order out of chaos no matter what era he’s in, and…above all else, he looks pretty damn cool.”

 

Batman be praised—Hail the Bat King—etc., etc.

 

 

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