(CBR) DC Comics
spotlighted its various developments with their “All Access” panel late Friday afternoon at Emerald City Comicon 2014, featuring some of their marquee creative talent talking the latest in the DC Universe and Vertigo.
On the panel: Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, Kyle Higgins, Mark Buckingham, Jimmy Palmiotti, Derek Fridolfs and Bill Willingham.
The panel opened with talk of soon-to-debut weekly series “Batman Eternal,” which starts April 9
. “I'm really proud of it,” Snyder said. “I co-wrote the first three issues and wrote the overarching skeleton of it with James [Tynion IV], but it's really their animal — Kyle [Higgins]. Tim [Seeley], James and Ray [Fawkes].” Snyder promised major status quo changes from the series. “We've got Professor Pyg,” he continued. “You're going to see a lot of the villains from [“Batman Incorporated”]. You're going to get a lot of the villains from the past you haven't seen before in there, too.”
Speaking of the “Zero Year” story in “Batman,” Snyder said the current section is the Riddler challenging Gotham City to evolve its intellect by plunging it into disaster.
“Ultimately, ['Zero Year'] meant a lot to us, and the fact that you let us do it and have been supportive has meant the world to me and Greg [Capullo],” Snyder told the crowd. Snyder and Capullo will follow “Zero Year” with a six-issue story the writer said will have major consequences. “It'll definitely be the most nuclear thing we've done in 'Batman' in terms of changing things around.”
The panel continued with quick mentions of weekly series “The New 52: Futures End,” debuting on Free Comic Book Day, and “Justice League United.”
Higgins spoke of the latest developments in “Batman Beyond Universe,” and the time jump to Bruce Wayne and Terry McGinnis having a falling out.
Lemire, who joined the panel in progress, talked “Futures End.” “It's five years in DC's future,” Lemire said. “You'll see pretty much everyone from the DC Universe” in the series, the writer said, along with the primary characters like Batman Beyond, Firestorm, Frankenstein, Grifter and Amethyst. Lemire also talked “Justice League United,” and the recently revealed new character, Equinox.