This weekend features two comic book conventions: the comics track at FanExpo in Toronto, and Baltimore Comic Con. DC has had a presence at both, splitting their events between Dan Didio in Toronto and Ian Sattler in Baltimore.
CBR covers FanExpo’s DC Nation without revealing any Flash news, though they did plug Francis Manapul’s role on the TV show Beast Legends.
@liabrown1 caught a few bits of info at today’s DC Universe panel:
- Flash will intro a new character in the 2nd story arc. Afterwards will be Secret Origins. #
- Flashpoint will greatly affect the Justice League, but otherwise DiDio refused to talk about it. #
- On Adventure Comics: currently the Legion, then Flashpoint, then a new char will lead the book. #
Update: CBR’s FanExpo DC Universe report is now online.
Newsarama covers Baltimore’s DC Nation with a live-blog, including this exchange:
Q: Is Sterling Gates’s Kid Flash book coming out?
Sattler: “But we have something really cool in its place that we can’t talk about.”
They may be talking about the second Flash book, Flash: Speed Force, that Geoff Johns leaked/announced in San Diego. (I got the impression that they weren’t quite ready to announce it at the time.) Or they may have something else in the works.
Update: CBR’s Baltimore DC Nation report is up as well.
Update (Monday): a bit more news from DC’s Sunday Conversation (Baltimore, via CBR):
Where should fans of Wally West be directing their attention? “It’s coming,” Gates said. “Geoff Johns is world-building for Barry Allen right now.”
Yeah, and tomorrow is a rest day. As much as I’m enjoying the new series, I’m really cynical when it comes to DC’s treatment of Wally West these days.
Update (Monday): ComicsAlliance’s FanExpo DC Nation write-up includes Dan Didio explaining that “the constant reinventing of the same characters was getting confusing and factionalizing our audience,” so they decided to pick one Flash, one Atom, etc. and standardize on the “classic” version.
Never mind that in some cases, the “classic” version was dead or retired before they made this decision, and never mind the fact that they also insist that Blue Beetle Ted Kord will stay dead, and Renee Montoya will continue to be the Question. And I don’t see Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, either. So the explanation doesn’t quite add up.