SDCC 2012: DC Comics - Young Justice Panel
DC kicks off the last day of the con with a look at what's in store for Young Justice titles.. Here's the panel description followed by the highlights:
10:00-11:00 DC Comics: Young Justice - They may be young-but they're still heroes! Find out what's happening for The Legion of Super-Heroes, Teen Titans, Blue Beetle, and more as more DC Comics-The New 52 unfolds in this panel featuring Tony Bedard (Blue Beetle), Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes), and Scott Lobdell (Teen Titans, Red Hood and the Outlaws). Room 6DE
They began by handing out the first printing of Justice League to the crowd in attendance at the panel, and they were pleased.
Scott Lobdell then began talking about Teen Titans #0 and how it would focus on Tim Drake as he tries to track down Bruce Wayne. We'll also see some revelations about Skitter and Bunker, but it's mainly about Tim.
He then continued on with the now Tom DeFalco scribed Superboy #0, which will explore, as mentioned in other panels, why Kara acts the way she does toward Superboy given the history of cloning on Krypton. Issue #13 shows us that Bart Allen was sent here as a part of the witness protection program and works for Jocelyn Moore, the NYPD police office. "There's going to be a lot of mystery surrounding this character, but at the same time she'll give us a lot of information on Bart and his origin." said Lobdell.
Red Hood and the Outlaws is next, and they said Red Hood would be involved in the big Death of the Family storyline upcoming, so things would get sad for him. In fact, Lobdell said issue #0 is the saddest issue he has ever written. Crimson Fox also appears. Lobdell also talked again about the New 52 introduction of Starfire's sister Blackfire, and how he's changing the nature of the villain to a woman with a lot of guilt over selling Starfire into slavery.
In Supergirl #0, we'll learn who shot Kara's father. "It really focuses on her relationship with her parents," said Mike Johnson, "it ends with her leaving, and the circumstances of her trip to Earth are very different than her cousin's." Then in issue #13, the "Fort of Solitude" is disrupted as Kara engages in a battle with a dangerous foe.
In Blue Beetle #0 we will see the introduction of a familiar cosmic villain and the secret origin of the Blue Beetle armor. Then in issue #13, Blue Beetle heads into space to the Reach. The cover featured here shows the first Blue Beetle wearing ancient Mayan armor:
Brian Cunningham noted that he had a desire to get more cosmic stories in the New 52 DC Universe. Legion Lost #0, which features the origin of Timber Wolf, leads into Legion Lost #13, which brings more of the cosmic element back to the forefront, and the villain Harvest will return.
Terra and Beast Boy will be the central focus for The Ravagers #0. They will be important, pivotal characters in the series going forward. Superboy also shows up looking for answers from Fairchild.
And that's all. The Q&A session was next. Here are some of the highlights:
- Lobdell would love to see Blue Beetle in Teen Titans, but that would be up to what Bedard had in store for the character.
- Superboy's look will be evolving, and Lobdell likes how in the New 52 the idea of wearing the same outfit all the time is kind of thrown out the window. He also said he does NOT see Superboy as a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy.
- In his "fantasy world," Lobdell would love to see the Teen Titans hanging out with Kamandi.
- Lobdell said he'd be up for a solo Tim Drake title, and chided Harras about it.
And that's a wrap.
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