DC’s NYCC ’09 Batman panel focused on the franchise’s plans post-Cheap Batman Stunt Event 2008/2009 post-Batman: R.I.P. During the panel DC announced a slew of new titles debuting in June, and the one that piqued my interest the most was Detective Comics, by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams, and starring Batwoman. So far DC hasn’t done anything with Batwoman to make me really give a damn about her, but I am all over this. Rucka’s run on Detective back in 2000 was some really great stuff, and hot damn a 12-issue run by Williams is cause for celebration.
The Q&A session of the panel featured a couple of interesting tidbits as well:
Since there’s no Nightwing book, does that mean there’s no Nightwing? Rucka: There’s a character in Action Comics named Nightwing.-
When will we see Nightwing’s lair again? Tomasi: Unfortunately, the lair is not going to be around. Sattler: Along with Nightwing, possibly.
Oh man, I hope DC isn’t trying to work everyone into a frenzy of anxiety by teasing Nightwing’s death again. If they’re really planning on killing off Nightwing, that makes me think that they have no idea what their fans really want. Nobody wants Dick Grayson dead, except for Dan Didio.
On the other hand, the hints Rucka, Tomasi and Stattler dropped likely just mean that Grayson is briefly retiring the Nightwing identity. With another character named Nightwng appearing in the Superman books, and with Grayson the leading candidate to assume the Batman identity something had to give.
What’s the motivation of those three characters who are battling for the cowl? Why isn’t Dick Grayson the obvious choice? Daniel: Well, Grayson doesn’t think there should be a new Batman. He thinks he’s irreplaceable. But they all realize that without him, Gotham is a mess. But Tim might have a different idea, and think maybe he should step up before someone else takes over Gotham.
It’s funny, but I was just thinking about this the other day. Batman’s “leave of absence” puts the Bat-family in a tough spot. Batman can’t and shouldn’t be replaced, and I don’t think that Tim or Dick would really want to accept the mantle. But Batman has become such an important symbol for justice in Gotham City that without him, the criminal element would grow overly confident and inspire them to run rampant throughout the city. Gotham City needs a Batman to keep all hell from breaking loose. The fact that Tony Daniel understands that gives me confidence that allowing him to write the Battle For The Cowl series is a good idea.
How did Tim Drake grow his hair back? Marts: Fabian has an answer for that and it will be addressed.
I’m sure that by that point in the panel, all the really good questions were already asked, but gee whiz… was this something that was keeping the inquirer awake at night? And is there a really more compelling answer for that than “He waited for it to grow back, and it did”?