Today at New York Comic Con, DC Comics introduced a brand new occasion for 2023 dubbed Lazarus Planet (which you’ll read all about here!), doing so Thursday throughout the writer’s Explore the Multiverse panel.
And whereas new or further particulars in regards to the occasion past what was of their official announcement on-line had been in comparatively brief provide, a lineup of creators who’re presently telling tales in a number of totally different corners of the DCU had been readily available to speak about their work. One factor that did emerge, nevertheless, was that the Devil Nehza — a personality that not too long ago debuted in Mark Waid and Dan Mora’s run of Batman/Superman: World’s Finest, could also be concerned with (and even central to!) the Lazarus Planet occasion.
In truth, DC Executive Editor Ben Abernathy paused on a forthcoming cowl of Monkey Prince that featured the villain.
“Oh, there’s Nehza again,” Abernathy mentioned. “Interesting. We’ve seen him in a few titles now. Very interesting.”
Nehza has already gone from reappearing in Batman/Superman: World’s Finest, to being in Batman Vs. Robin #1 (a part of an epic final web page reveal)…and now to being in Monkey Prince. With Waid writing each of the primary two comics and in addition showrunning the Lazarus Planet occasion (which additionally entails Monkey Prince), the general impression is that the Devil Nehza is the massive unhealthy right here, and in addition that the work in these two Waid-penned comics is quickly pushing its approach to the middle of DC Comics’ shared superhero universe.
Abernathy additionally added, “This is going to be a very impactful series for 2023 in the DC core line and beyond. This is a must-read for DC fans, I guarantee that.”
So yeah, that’s my huge takeaway from being within the room on the panel — be careful for the Devil Nehza (if solely your intrepid reporter on the panel had grabbed a snapshot of the Monkey Prince #11 cowl that was proven, wherein the character is battling the Devil Nehza…however alas).
Other than that, the panel additionally featured writers Stephanie Williams and Matthew Rosenberg, in addition to artists Dan Mora, Bernard Chang, and Mahmud Asrar, all of whom had some fascinating issues so as to add about their present slate of DC work.
Here are some alternative quotes I jotted down…
Williams had a variety of fascinating ideas to share about Nubia, a personality she has been writing for a yr now and can be writing for some time to come back. This was the quote I underlined although…
“I hope when you pick this up you say there Nubia is looking like she could rip the runway…or could rip someone’s throat. Either or.”
Very cool. Artist Dan Mora additionally weighed in on the work he’s been doing. Mora is considered one of DC’s high artists (in my humble opinion) each for his wonderful sequential storytelling in addition to for his character designs, a lot of which appeared in DC’s Future State. Of these character designs, Mora had this to say…
“Character designs are one of my passions. They’re something I do just for fun. I really like the classic feel of the old costumes and I just change some little things to feel more modern, but I don’t do that much. I just change little stuff.”
Finally, I assumed one of the vital fascinating segments of the panel was artist Bernard Chang speaking about his work on Monkey Prince with author Gene Luen Yang. Monkey Prince is the duo’s new invention, which is basically an extrapolation of lore from the traditional Chinese story, Journey to the West.
Chang mentioned when he was a toddler, he used to go to the pharmacy together with his mom, and browse whole rows of American superhero comics. When his father develop into conscious of this curiosity, he wished to introduce him to an authentic Chinese superhero, and that superhero was the Monkey King from Journey to the West, father of the Monkey Prince character Chang would develop as much as create for DC Comics.
Just a really cool story. Chang added…
“When Jessica Chen, my editor, approached me about working on aN adaptation of Monkey King — it was an immediate yes…it’s cool to finally have an opportunity to not only draw stuff I was extremely passionate about and used to dream about as a kid, but to tell new stories, too.”
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