More details are coming out now about what's happening with DC after their post-Flashpoint reboot, and fans can unclench a little bit with these new revelations. Sure, nobody's happy with the relaunch of Detective Comics and losing their precious, precious numbering, but guess what? It's still Detective Comics, and it still counts towards the total. The bigger news is that those fearing the end of all legacy characters thanks to DC trying to make everyone young again can unclench. Check out why below.
DETECTIVE COMICS #1
DC's hype machine is a little overzealous about touting the "firsts," not only claiming this is the first time ever that Detective Comics is being relaunched, but also hyping the first time Batman has appeared in a debut issue of Detective Comics! Oh boy! How amazing! Not really. But for everyone flipping out about the renumbering, you KNOW they're going to make a big deal out of it when they get to what would normally be #900 anyway. Calm down, and see if you can't enjoy a book from writer/artist Tony Daniel about Batman hunting down a serial killer known as the Gotham Ripper.
"The first Batman #1 since 1930!" Whatever, DC. However, the fact that Scott Snyder's sticking around for Batwork is a good sign, and his artist will be Greg Capullo. Also cool? Bruce Wayne is back as the only Batman, thank you kindly.
BATMAN AND ROBIN #1
Those of you worried about the destruction of all the legacy characters, rest easy. Robin in this book is Damian Wayne. Peter Tomasi and Pat Gleason will be handling the creative duties of exploring this weird family dynamic.
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1
David Finch will be writing and collaborating with Jay Fabok on the art for this dark Bat-story delving deep into the twisted halls of Arkham Asylum.
Here's some awesome. Dick Grayson is back as Nightwing, although he's going all Batwoman red this time. Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows will be telling the tale of Dick facing down the spectre of his childhood with Haley's Circus and its legacy of murder and corruption.
UPDATE: IGN has news of BATWING #1, from Judd Winick and Ben Oliver, spinning right out of what was Batman Incorporated, featuring the first-ever black character to don the cowl of the Bat "in continuity" (whatever that means to DC these days). He's going to be "the Batman of Africa," which is a mighty big area to patrol. There ARE individual countries within Africa, y'know.
Also, that note that Bruce Wayne is the one and only Batman is bunk, because Grant Morrison's Batman Incorporated is going to return with a new #1 in early 2012.
“Batman, Incorporated will continue through to Issue #10 and August’s shocking season finale that changes the Batman status quo yet again," Morrison says. "The series will take a brief hiatus while I work on a major new project to be announced shortly. Batman, Incorporated returns next year with me, Chris Burnham and Batman: Leviathan, the epic 12-part conclusion to my 6-year Batman saga. Don’t miss it!”
UPDATE 2: Here's another one they've just snuck out: RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1, wherein Jason Todd leads a team of outlaw vigilantes including Arsenal and Starfire. Um… what? Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort are giving us this one. No one has liked what Arsenal's become lately, but what's Starfire doing with this lot? I think I missed a meeting.