During this past weekend at Baltimore Comic Con, a new set of writers and artists were announced for a number of their ongoing titles. Probably the biggest announcement made over the weekend was the news that Marc Andreyko (The Ferryman) would be taking over Batwoman with issue #25 after the departure of J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman. During DC’s panel, Dan DiDio had this to say about Andreyko, as well as the personal lives of the DC heroes: “Heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives. They are committed to being that person and committed to defending others at the sacrifice of their own personal interests. That’s very important and something we reinforced. People in the Bat family their personal lives basically suck. Dick Grayson, Bruce Wayne, Tim Drake, Barbara Gordon and Kathy Kane. It’s wonderful that they try to establish personal lives, but it’s equally important that they set them aside. That is our mandate, that is our edict and that is our stand…Name one other publisher out there who stands behind their gay characters the way we do. We put her in the book the company was named after, and the series will continue better than ever with new writer Marc Andreyko.” Also announced was that Marv Wolfman would be taking over Superboy starting with December’s 26th issue. Wolfman is replacing Justin Jordan as the ongoing writer, who announced his departure from the book in July. Tony Bedard will also be taking over for Supergirl (a book he’d worked with in the past) in December as well and the story looks to focus on Supergirl’s run in with the all new Lobo. Finally, the ongoing artist for the upcoming Jimmy Palmiotti/Amanda Conner Harley Quinn book has been announced as being Chad Hardin. Chad’s previous work can be seen in Dark Horse’s Dragon Age adaptation as well as the upcoming Justice League of America 7.3: Shadow Thief issue as part of DC’s Villain’s Month. Included with his announcement were some of his facials for Harley Quinn (which can be seen below). What are your thoughts on these writers and artists taking over? Any one in particular you are excited for? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 4 Responses M. Da Ponte September 9, 2013 I think Dan Didio should keep his nose out of characters’ personal lives, he should be more worried if the talent that seems to be walking out the door, is being kept happy. Last I checked, writing wasn’t exactly his strong point… If EVERY character has to stay miserable that sounds so boring. I don’t mind if a character is “gritty”, it adds a layer of pathos, but they shouldn’t let that misery be the only thing which drives, and consumes them (Batman notwithstanding). As an example: Dick Grayson is, in terms of personality, the anti-thesis to Batman. He suffered the same tragedy, and that incident motivates him to take up Batman’s crusade, but he doesn’t let that turn him into a miserable, curmudgeonly, brooding bastard. Instead, he’s full of optimism and hope, which is sorely lacking in the Bat-verse lately. “That is our mandate…and that is our stand”, you never hear Axel Alonso make such broad, sweeping statements regarding the characters of the Marvel U. Log in to Reply Travis McCollum September 9, 2013 In DC’s defense, Joe Quesdada has been equally vocal about his distaste of marriage (while yes, Axel has been very much the opposite) so it’s something that both major companies seem to take issues with. You can debate the extent of their stance and how it affects the books but it is a bit of a hard statement to take when so many comics are full of downer dread. Can’t we have a happy marriage/relationship anymore nowadays? Log in to Reply thisjohnd September 9, 2013 I have no idea why Supergirl is getting yet another writer. Michael Allen Nelson has been doing a great job. I’m assuming putting Lobo in the book is to help sales. Eh. I’ll keep buying the book as long as it’s good, but I’m a little disappointed with Nelson’s departure. Log in to Reply Travis McCollum September 9, 2013 Right now it’s unsure whether or not Bedard is taking over full time (though Asrar is off the book for the foreseeable future) or if it’s just for an arc but I agree. Nelson has been doing a great job with the book so far and while I do enjoy a number of Bedard’s previous works, I just wish they could stick with a consistent author. And Lobo…I get it…but still. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.