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Monday, July 2, 2012
Some Predictions for Today's Announcements
So, today we will finally hear what the next arc in Batman is going to be about, and who the villain will be, on the DC Source blog. Other news has been teased for this week, as Tony Daniel said we'd be hearing about what he's doing next after leaving Detective Comics, so one would think we'd also hear about Tec this week/today as well. Honestly, I'm not going to be surprised if DC just makes a handful of pre-SDCC announcements this week, with stuff like who will draw Justice League next, etc. Anyways, there have been a few rumors about what's going to happen, who is going to be announced, so I thought I'd sum up it all, with some added predictions, just prior to any news.
Hit the jump for all my thoughts...
Starting with #13, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo will start their new arc, which last heard, should be around 6 issues. The big question is: Who is the villain? Snyder has been hush hush recently, simply stating that it's a classic, and his favorite. Now, who am I guessing?
SURPRISE, SURPRISE! First off, let's just get the obvious assumptions out of the way... For someone who loves Batman as much as Scott Snyder does, how the hell could your "favorite" villain NOT be the Joker? It just doesn't make any sense for it not to be! Oh, and then there's this:
Additionally, after a recent Puerto Rico comic convention, which Capullo attended, a CBR attendee, posted on the forums saying that he heard from Capullo that the whole Joker face thing was in fact Scott's idea. This wouldn't be the first time that an seed is planted in one book, and picked up in the other, case and point, Jeremiah Arkham as Black Mask starting with David Hine and ending with Tony Daniel. But, then again, that was just hearsay, so, take it with a grain of salt.
But let's bring some more common sense into the equation, shall we? There aren't a whole lot of classic villains worth the secrecy that is going down. Let's be honest, it's not as if we're going to get a Ventriloquist arc, or something. There are only a few handful of worth villains outside of Joker, who'd be worth keeping this secret, many of which are in use currently. Two Face, Detective back up. Penguin, all over the damn place. Scarecrow, The Dark Knight. Ra's and Talia, Batman Incorporated. Bane has been taken out of the running by Snyder himself. So, like I said, there's not a whole lot of options, other than one I'll get to in a bit. Plus, being that the #13 issues are essentially the second year of The New 52, where most books will start new arcs in an attempt to be good jumping on points, what better place to have a big Joker story than your number one selling book that is a critical darling? Added to the fact that Detective is getting a new team, and you can't imagine they'd pawn a big story off onto someone who just jumped on, right?
Now, there's the question of the one classic rouge I made a point not to list. Riddler. He's the second best guess. At a recent convention, Snyder said the Riddler would be showing up soon, but he didn't specify in what book, and as we all know, there are a lot of Batman books. He could show up in Batman and Robin he could show up in Detective, that's up in the air. So he's a possibility, but I'll give it a slim margin.
So, with that, I'm going to say Joker has a 90% chance, Riddler has a %10.
Also, if it's Joker, I'm calling it right now, Hush (plastic surgeon) is involved.
Now, here's the wild card of the batch, as whoever takes over this book could be anyone. Hell, even Bleeding Cool doesn't have a rumor. So, all of this is just guess work. Let's start with writers first shall we?
So far, I've heard two possible names. The first being Kyle Higgins, the second being John Layman, author of Chew. Modern Myth Media has reported that they have a "source" who has said that Kyle Higgins pitched for Tec. Now, let's get the first thing out of the way, I've never heard of MMM, so I have no idea how valid they are. Even if they have a correct source, it doesn't say much, as "pitching" and "writing" are quite different. I'm sure with the news of Tec opening up, many people pitched. Why the hell wouldn't you? That's what the damn company is named after, and it's one of those guaranteed sellers.
John Layman on the other hand, has had a poster on the CBR forums with a "source" linking him to writing the new title. Combine that with the fact he tweeted this the day before it was announced Daniel was leaving the title:
And you've got yourself a distinct possibility.
Moving on to artists, I have one in mind: Jason Fabok. He got his start (and exclusive contract) filling in for David Finch on the first volume of The Dark Knight, is familiar with Batman recently with the Batman Annual #1, and has been teasing a "big" project announcement on his blog for quite some time, so this, in my mind, makes almost too much sense. Oh, by the way, that project? Also being announced this week:
The only other thing I could possibly think he'd be doing is filling in on the next Justice League arc, but that may be a long shot, given that he's not the biggest name talent out there, but who knows, he is working with two DC Execs on the Justice League International Annual #1, written by Geoff Johns and Dan Didio.
So, to sum up. I'm pretty damn sure Jason Fabok will be the Tec artist, and John Layman or Kyle Higgins have a chance at writing it, or hell, maybe the back-up feature. Who knows.
So that's all... we'll find out the Batman news today, that's confirmed, and possibly the other stuff, but if not, expect that later in the week.