C2E2: DC Universe Panel Report

Some of DC's top creators sing the praises of the upcoming Flashpoint event and offer other hints.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

C2E2: DC Universe Panel Report

When the full extent of DC’s Flashpoint event was revealed earlier this year, many observers were stunned by the sheer number of titles involved. To date, sixteen three issue Flashpoint tie-in miniseries and four one-shots have been announced in addition to the main Flashpoint miniseries by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. However, at the DC Universe panel during C2E2, some of the participating creators spoke out in favor of the event.
 
"I don’t get involved in these events. Ever," explained Brian Azzarello, the co-creator of "100 Bullets" (who has rarely ventured into superheroes). He then jokingly added "I don’t like [crossovers]. But this one’s different. I’m involved."
 
"You don’t have to buy it all; [but] you’d be idiots not to," deadpanned Azzarello. "I hate to say ‘it won’t ever be the same,’ but god dammit, this time it won’t be the same!"
 
In less animated terms, writer Scott Snyder said that the Flashpoint tie-ins were meant to expand the world and aren’t required reading to understand the main storyline. DC also announced that The Flash will end with issue 12, following the events of Flashpoint.
 
Fan favorite writer Gail Simone was also on hand to answer some Birds of Prey related questions. She indicated that Manhunter will return to the title, with the Renee Montoya version of The Question possibly to follow, but not soon. She also indicated that her Birds of Prey related episode of "Batman: The Brave and The Bold" has been pushed back for animation changes.
 
A question was also asked about the recent revelation that Bruce Wayne’s mother was Helen Cain, which implied that Bruce may be related to the assassin David Cain and his daughter Cassandra, the former Batgirl. Snyder indicated that it may become a story point for the characters and said that Casandra Cain will return during the "Gangs of Gotham" storyline.
 
It was also announced that artist Chris Burnham has signed an exclusive contract with DC.