This year at comic con, there are two major DC Comics Panel.
Day 1: Friday at 10:00 AM
Day 2: Saturday at 10:00 AM
So given the creative talent each day, I wanted to predict the upcoming announcements.
Brian Michael Bendis: Currently on a controversial run of Superman, Bendis is writing Young Justice, Superman, Action Comics, Legion of Superheroes, Jinxworld, and is the creative lead on Wonder Comics. He is likely there to promote the upcoming titles likely following this semi-controversial graphic:
If Naomi 2 is going to get announced, I would expect it to be at this panel. Don’t expect anything major from Bendis
Vita Ayala (Xena: The Warrior Princess, Children of the Atom, The Wilds)
I have NO idea why Vita Ayala is here. Their record at DC is not very large, and they haven’t worked on an ongoing or mini-series for DC. They’ve only ever written smaller shorts including stories in Batman Secret Files #3 and Wonder Woman #750. Thier Batman story was a Batman vs. Cheshire Story and their Wonder Woman story was about a character I knew nothing about. Both stories dealt with the idea of Superheroes trying to redeem and forgive villains. They are writing a story in October’s Legend of the Swamp Thing Spectacular #1, but I doubt that merits a panel appearance. Whatever they’re here to announce, it is probably a new series of some sort.
Morgan Beem and Maggie Stiefvater
Morgan Beem is the artist behind Swamp Thing: Twin Branches. Maggie Stiefvater is writing Swamp Thing: Twin Branches They are almost certainly here to promote that.
For a deeper look at the art go here: https://www.morganbeemart.com/copy-of-adventure-time
Kelly Sue Deconnick: She is currently writing Aquaman. I would expect she is there to promote that. She is currently taking a short break and letting Jordan Clark write an Aqualad story, but is supposed to take back over soon. You can read the start of her STELLAR Aquaman Run on DC Universe right here!
Grace Ellis and Brittany Williams (Grace Ellis writes Lumberjanes): She is currently preparing to release the DC Kids book Lois Lane and the Friendship Challenge
Tom King and Mitch Gerads
Tom King has finished writing an unannounced Watchmen Project that was supposed to be released starting in September if I recall. However, that hasn’t happened. If I had to guess, Tom King is there to talk about that. Of course, him and Mitch are also creating the fantastic Strange Adventures. There is quite likely some talk about that. HOWEVER, Doc Shaner the other artist on the book isn’t there, so maybe they won’t discuss that book. Don’t expect word on Batman/Catwoman because Clay Mann isn’t there, however, if you hear anything expect it to be a reminder that is releasing starting in December.
Clayton Henry: (Art on Batman/Superman, Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands) I have NO idea why he is here. He isn’t here to promote Batman/Superman because Josh Williamson isn’t here as well, so it could be anything.
Mariko Tomaki and Mikel Janin: Both of them are currently working together on the highly anticipated Wonder Woman soft Reboot that begins July 21st. I’d expect them to talk about this! And boy that art looks AMAZING!
Jim Lee: He is now the sole head of DC Comics, I would expect him to be the moderator of the panel.
Ryan Sook: He is the artist on Legion of Superheroes written by Bendis. I’d expect him to be there for that.
Tom Taylor: Tom Taylor has ANY NUMBER of DC Things to promote. DCeased, Suicide Squad, and whatever his mystery Superman Project is. I think the mystery Superman project ended up being DCeased: At Hope’s End, but maybe it wasn’t.
Ram V: Ram V is currently writing Justice League Dark, but I’m not so certain he is here to talk about that. This is because JLD is about to tie into Death Metal according to Scott Snyder. However, he is part of the new creative team on the Catwoman title, so he is probably there to discuss it.
Overall, day 1 shouldn’t provide too much new information, however Vita Ayala and Clayton Henry are the two question marks. It is possible that they are working together, BUT Clayton Henry doesn’t follow Vita Ayala on Twitter even though they both tweet a lot, so I don’t know.
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo Day 2 seems to be all about Death Metal and Joker War. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are certainly going to be discussing Death Metal and might reveal some new info. DON’T expect any discussion on post Metal plans, because it seems too early (and DC Fandome is coming up), but it is possible we will get a little tease about whatever Black Label Book Snyder is working on.
James Tynion IV and Jorge Jimenez James Tynion and Jorge Jimenez are working together on the main joker war story which should look AMAZING!!! Expect some details about the post-joker war plans for the Batman titles.
Cecil Castellucci Currently on Batgirl, she might be there to promote that, but that’s about all I have to guess.
Dan Jurgens Currently on Nightwing, Nightwing is about to undergo a MAJOR shift in Batman #99, so I’d expect details on what is coming up for Nightwing here.
Katana Collins She is writing the upcoming Batman White Knight Presents Harley Quinn. I would expect to see her talk about it there.
Kami Garcia She is writing the DC Kids book Teen Titans: Beast Boy and will probably be promoting it. However, there could be something more to announce because for the DC Kids books yesterday, the artist was there too.
Darren Warren Johnson: Having just finished art for Wonder Woman: Death Earth, I have NO idea what he is doing next. Expect an announcement of a new title from him.
Jim Lee As I said early, he should be the moderator of the panel.
Bruno Redondo he has been doing art on Tom Taylor’s Suicide Squad, but I don’t know why he is here.
Brad Walker He recently did art on the Detective Comics #1023 a Joker War tie in. He’s probably also promoting Joker War
So overall, expect Day 2 to be event-centric.
Overall, don’t expect a lot of news. MY guess is that they are waiting until FanDome to reveal all the MASSIVE post metal/5G stuff. Remember things like Milestone are being saved for FanDome, but it will be exciting to get some news.
What do you think is being announced?