Today DC Comics rolled out all kinds of news about what the Batman titles will look like after the DC reshuffling (I'm not calling it a reboot anymore) happens in September.
-the only "Batman" will be Bruce Wayne. I endorse this plan given the business needs pushing the reboot.
-Dick Grayson will be back in his Nightwing togs, but now in red instead of blue.
-Batman Inc. is on hiatus for a bit, but is coming back
-Sigh. Jason Todd survived the reboot. And he's getting his own title. X-Treme Heroes or some such.
-Catwoman will have a comic.
-Birds of Prey will exist without Oracle, Huntress, Zinda and likely me as a reader.
-No sign yet of fan-favorite Tim Drake, who has been the burger-shop-friendly "Red Robin" for the past year.
-It appears the role of Robin will be filled by Damian Wayne
-A fellow who appeared in Batman, Inc., Batwing, will get his own title. I think I drew something similar in one of my sketchbooks in college when I was pondering Batman. Only mine looked more like a bunch of squiggles and had grappling cannons on his arm and likely was very, very angry.
|Uh... we do this Batman thing at NIGHT, sir|
I confess to a sense of unease regarding what's turning out to be the newsmaker.
In the mid-80's, Batgirl was Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Commissioner Gordon. In a seminal Batman/ Joker story, The Killing Joke, Barbara is shot and paralyzed by The Joker while answering the door in her everyday civilian guise.
At some point, DC refused to give up on the character and brought her back as the wheel-chair bound cyber-sleuth and data-hub for the DCU heroes under the name "Oracle". I think you're hard-pressed to find a title in which she hasn't appeared. The character is beloved, and without really thinking on it, DCs differently abled hero became entrenched.
I understand DC's business needs to bring Babs back into the cowl, but its at a tremendous cost. I think Oracle meant a lot to a lot of people for what she represented.
- An article considering all the angles
- A very personal column by comics blogger Jill Pantozzi, who is a red-headed, wheelchair bound hub for the comics-reading community