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Right at the beginning, when I started doing interviews for this site, there were a few creators I just knew I had to try to speak to. But I didn’t want to focus too much on Batman and I wanted to make sure I was asking questions that they wanted to answer and that you’d want to hear answered. Long story short, it’s two years later and somehow I still hadn’t talked to James Tynion IV!

It feels like it goes without saying at this point but James Tynion is a core player in the modern comics industry. It’s technically accurate to say that he’s a future superstar, as I suspect he’ll be an essential writer for years to come, but that ignores that he’s already made it, overseeing both of the Batman Eternal weekly series, each one the core of comics’ most profitable brand.

But perhaps what’s most interesting about Tynion is that he’s not just writing a main Batman title, he’s also filling in the corners of DC’s universe and turning out multiple independent books that are wonderfully experimental and real. He manages to give the impression of a seasoned professional and the up-and-coming rebel out for his job. His work at Boom! has been a huge part of their success in establishing themselves as the place for fresh creator-owned comics.

As such, Tynion was rather busy this year at New York Comic Con, but I was able to find a few minutes to talk to him about his plans for The Woods and what we can expect from Batman and Robin Eternal. Continue reading


In the course of talking to comic creators this year, I started to think about their unique talents and what I think they would be best suited to. Inspired by all kinds of wonderful ideas I’ve seen online and heard from creators, I’ve put together my New 52. These are the 52 books I would publish if DC’s offerings were up to me and, as my friends and I have had a good time discussing them, I thought I would share them with you.

I tried to consider the actual feasibility of these titles, not only in the sense of immediate sales but in their ability to expand DC’s brand long-term. I also recognize that this is a dramatically simplified version of what DC actually has to do. As such, I made a couple of rules for myself.

First, as I don’t have the same knowledge of the creators’ availability and timeliness as an actual editor, I decided that I would allow myself access to any writer currently working in comics, but that I could only assign a creator to one book. Second, I tried not to put a writer on the same book that they’ve already worked on, though some were moved to similar concepts or allowed to expand short work they’ve already done. Finally, while an actual relaunch might do well to include some new books, I limited myself to preexisting titles and IPs for this project.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, on why I’m right, why I clearly screwed up, who should be illustrating the series, etc. But, regardless, I hope you enjoy.

If you went back to December of 1988 and told a comic fan that in almost exactly ten years Barbara Gordon would not only still be paralyzed but that she would be launching a wildly popular series starring her and Black Canary, I think they would be understandably surprised. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what happened. Teased in one-shots all through the late 90s, the Birds of Prey, the rarely used name for the partnership of Oracle and Black Canary, quickly became a huge seller for DC. The series is famous for becoming the trademark series of writer Gail Simone and for reestablishing Barbara Gordon and Dinah Lance as major players in the DCU. The series also slowly introduced the Birds as a network of heroes more than a team, giving it a distinct flavor. The original series would run for over ten years and swiftly be relaunched for another 15 issues before “Flashpoint” ended the Post-Crisis universe.

While the New 52 reboot of the title possesses its own fan base, there was a distinct feeling of reinvention in the new volume. Lead by Black Canary and new character Starling, the new team lacked the focus and naturalism it possessed under Oracle, who had been healed and returned to being Batgirl.

For our Birds of Prey I think it would be wise to try to channel the slick, stylized feeling of the New 52 Birds with a slightly more traditional direction. Black Canary may be off starring in her own title but we’re still looking to bring the depth, character, and intelligence of the original series into the New Year’s 52. I happen to know someone who I think could do that…

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Seen here, on an average day.

Seen here, on an average day.

Marguerite Bennett is a relatively new name to the comics world, but in the few months that she’s been gracing the covers – and more – of your comic books, she’s accomplished a great deal. She’s written Batman, recreated Lobo, and even filled in on Batgirl for Gail Simone!

A recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College’s graduate program, Bennett has proven to be a talented and distinguished voice within DC’s stable and has been rising like a rocket. Her fascinating entry into the world of comics and her even more fascinating talent for character work and psychological horror immediately made her a creator to pay attention to in my book and she’s been kind enough to speak with us.

In short, she’s clever, talented, and – I’m honored to say – here.

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