CBR interviewed Daniel H. Wilson about taking lead writer role on the upcoming Earth 2: World’s End. I found this exchange kind of interesting.

Right after “Earth 2: World’s End” was announced, you tweeted that you were finally going to fit in at Comic-Con. Do you read comic books?
I read everything. There are a few comic books that I read, and I read graphic novels. I read mostly non-fiction stuff to do research for my novels, and I also edit science fiction anthologies. I just had one come out last week called “Robot Uprisings,” which I co-edited with John Joseph Adams. That means I am reading a lot of science fiction short stories. I also read a lot of science fiction novels. There are so many piles of stuff for me to read.
Of course, lately, I have been reading a lot of “Earth 2” and “World’s Finest” and “Brightest Day” and “Wonder Woman.” And “Mister Terrific.” Even though it was only eight issues, I really enjoyed it.

So Earth 2, Worlds’ Finest, and Mister Terrific all sound like good books to catch up on if you’re going to be writing Earth 2: World’s End. I’m guessing he is reading Wonder Woman because of the presence of New Gods in that book. I wonder if we will see Fury interact with Wonder Woman. Another interesting book on his list is Brightest Day. It is the one non-New 52 book on the list. From what I can remember that book really had nothing to do with New Gods or Earth 2. I wonder if we are going to see Hawkgirl and Hawkman connect find love across universes.

CBR interviewed Daniel H. Wilson about taking lead writer role on the upcoming Earth 2: World’s End. I found this exchange kind of interesting.

Right after “Earth 2: World’s End” was announced, you tweeted that you were finally going to fit in at Comic-Con. Do you read comic books?

I read everything. There are a few comic books that I read, and I read graphic novels. I read mostly non-fiction stuff to do research for my novels, and I also edit science fiction anthologies. I just had one come out last week called “Robot Uprisings,” which I co-edited with John Joseph Adams. That means I am reading a lot of science fiction short stories. I also read a lot of science fiction novels. There are so many piles of stuff for me to read.

Of course, lately, I have been reading a lot of “Earth 2” and “World’s Finest” and “Brightest Day” and “Wonder Woman.” And “Mister Terrific.” Even though it was only eight issues, I really enjoyed it.

So Earth 2, Worlds’ Finest, and Mister Terrific all sound like good books to catch up on if you’re going to be writing Earth 2: World’s End. I’m guessing he is reading Wonder Woman because of the presence of New Gods in that book. I wonder if we will see Fury interact with Wonder Woman. Another interesting book on his list is Brightest Day. It is the one non-New 52 book on the list. From what I can remember that book really had nothing to do with New Gods or Earth 2. I wonder if we are going to see Hawkgirl and Hawkman connect find love across universes.

This autumn, much like Jay Garrick above, I will be getting married. Both my fiancé and I are looking to incorporate things we love in a small way into the ceremony. One of the ways we would like to do that is incorporate those things into our readings. I love comics (if you couldn’t tell) and she loves Broadway musicals.
Out of the three readings we’d like one to be from a comic book, one to be from a Broadway musical, and one to be religious. However I am having a tough time finding a good passage to pull from a comic book about love. I thought, why not use New Earth 2 has a resource? So, I’d love to hear some suggestions from any comic book (not just JSA).
Any thoughts New Earth 2 visitors?

This autumn, much like Jay Garrick above, I will be getting married. Both my fiancé and I are looking to incorporate things we love in a small way into the ceremony. One of the ways we would like to do that is incorporate those things into our readings. I love comics (if you couldn’t tell) and she loves Broadway musicals.

Out of the three readings we’d like one to be from a comic book, one to be from a Broadway musical, and one to be religious. However I am having a tough time finding a good passage to pull from a comic book about love. I thought, why not use New Earth 2 has a resource? So, I’d love to hear some suggestions from any comic book (not just JSA).

Any thoughts New Earth 2 visitors?

DC has released advanced solicitations for September’s “Futures End” crossovers with it’s regular line of books. Each book will get a 3D cover. Each book is getting a special issue instead of a point one like Villians Month.
EARTH 2: FUTURES END #1Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 332 pg, FC • RATED T3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 USMichael Holt has survived the war between the two worlds he’s called home. Now, he’s taking drastic measures to ensure that there will be no more war – regardless of the cost!
WORLDS’ FINEST: FUTURES END #1Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 1032 pg, FC • RATED T3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 USPower Girl must break into Cadmus Island to free Huntress – but she ends up a prisoner herself!
CONSTANTINE: FUTURES END #1Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 1032 pg, FC • RATED T+3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 USAfter a desperate five-year quest, John Constantine has claimed the ultimate occult prize: the Helmet of Fate!
JUSTICE LEAGUE: FUTURES END #1Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 1032 pg, FC • RATED T3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 USThe mystery of the Martian Manhunter is revealed at last as his decades-long plan for world domination comes to fruition! Continues in this month’s JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED: FUTURES END #1!
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED: FUTURES END #1Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 1732 pg, FC • RATED T3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 USIn the concluding chapter of the epic story that began in this month’s JUSTICE LEAGUE: FUTURES END #1, the armies of Mars rise against the unsuspecting population of Earth – and only the combined might of the Justice League and the Legion of Super-Heroes can stand against them!
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: FUTURES END #1Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 2432 pg, FC • RATED T3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 USAn emotionally and physically scared Zatanna struggles to find a way to return her team and the House of Mystery itself to our own dimension – but the cost might doom them and our world!
BIRDS OF PREY: FUTURES END #1Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 1032 pg, FC • RATED T3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 USFree of Ra’s al Ghul’s control at last, Black Canary claims her rightful place as the head of the League of Assassins!

DC has released advanced solicitations for September’s “Futures End” crossovers with it’s regular line of books. Each book will get a 3D cover. Each book is getting a special issue instead of a point one like Villians Month.

EARTH 2: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 3
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Michael Holt has survived the war between the two worlds he’s called home. Now, he’s taking drastic measures to ensure that there will be no more war – regardless of the cost!

WORLDS’ FINEST: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Power Girl must break into Cadmus Island to free Huntress – but she ends up a prisoner herself!

CONSTANTINE: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T+
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
After a desperate five-year quest, John Constantine has claimed the ultimate occult prize: the Helmet of Fate!

JUSTICE LEAGUE: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
The mystery of the Martian Manhunter is revealed at last as his decades-long plan for world domination comes to fruition! Continues in this month’s JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED: FUTURES END #1!

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 17
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
In the concluding chapter of the epic story that began in this month’s JUSTICE LEAGUE: FUTURES END #1, the armies of Mars rise against the unsuspecting population of Earth – and only the combined might of the Justice League and the Legion of Super-Heroes can stand against them!

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
An emotionally and physically scared Zatanna struggles to find a way to return her team and the House of Mystery itself to our own dimension – but the cost might doom them and our world!

BIRDS OF PREY: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Free of Ra’s al Ghul’s control at last, Black Canary claims her rightful place as the head of the League of Assassins!

July 2014 Solicitations

EARTH 2 #25
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by NICOLA SCOTT and TREVOR SCOTT
Cover by ANDY KUBERT
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 2 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
In this extra-sized issue, Val-Zod finally accepts his role as the new Superman of Earth 2 as he faces the twisted, brutal original Superman, who once protected the planet but now prepares it for Apokolips and the forces of Darkseid.

WORLDS’ FINEST #25
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by TYLER KIRKHAM
Cover by BARRY KITSON
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Power Girl and Huntress return to the ruins of Earth 2, but they question whether their trip was worth the effort as they discover the state of their former home and friends.

CBR covered the ”The Long Game” panel at WonderCon 2014 which covered long form storytelling and continuity in comic books. The panelists included Mark Waid, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Francis Manapul,James Robinson, Tony Daniel, and Robert Venditti. James Robinson had a lot to say about working on Starman and The Shade:

Waid asked him [Robinson] how much of a plan he had going into the title’s [Starman] 80+ issue run (including annuals and specials). “I was determined to beat Gaiman’s ‘Sandman,’” quipped the writer.
According to Robinson, DC’s editorial hierarchy in the 1990s consisted of three controlling group editors: Denny O’Neil, Mike Carlin and Archie Goodwin. Two out of the three editors had to approve any project in order for it to move forward. “I kept saying to Archie, ‘When can I have a new Starman?’” At the time, ‘Starman’ featured Will Payton as the lead character and was not fondly regarded by fans or the staff. Robinson remembered Carlin specifically saying “no one wants to read another ‘Starman’ book.” Eventually, Goodwin and Carlin hammered out a deal for Robinson to write a four-issue miniseries, eventually published as issues #0-3 of the ongoing series. What changed the title’s status? “At the end of the fourth issue, I had the two other Starmen [Will Payton and Mikaal Tomas] show up for a cliffhanger. Carlin saw it coming together and said, ‘Let’s go for it.’”
When Waid pointed out that market forces could change a plan like that, Robinson noted that his The Shade mini series was originally meant to be an ongoing in the wake of the sales success of the Blackest Night Starman tie-in special. “Originally, [DC co-publisher] Dan DiDio asked me to make it monthly,” he said. The two eventually agreed on the miniseries, but by then, the New 52 became the focus of the company’s attention. “Had they made ‘Shade’ one of those [ongoing] books, it wouldn’t have been the book it was,” he explained. That editorial freedom did come at the cost of sales and marketing attention. In order to secure a collected edition, Robinson had to appeal to the fans to read “Shade” monthly.

CBR covered the ”The Long Game” panel at WonderCon 2014 which covered long form storytelling and continuity in comic books. The panelists included Mark WaidKelly Sue DeConnickFrancis Manapul,James RobinsonTony Daniel, and Robert Venditti. James Robinson had a lot to say about working on Starman and The Shade:

Waid asked him [Robinson] how much of a plan he had going into the title’s [Starman] 80+ issue run (including annuals and specials). “I was determined to beat Gaiman’s ‘Sandman,’” quipped the writer.

According to Robinson, DC’s editorial hierarchy in the 1990s consisted of three controlling group editors: Denny O’Neil, Mike Carlin and Archie Goodwin. Two out of the three editors had to approve any project in order for it to move forward. “I kept saying to Archie, ‘When can I have a new Starman?’” At the time, ‘Starman’ featured Will Payton as the lead character and was not fondly regarded by fans or the staff. Robinson remembered Carlin specifically saying “no one wants to read another ‘Starman’ book.” Eventually, Goodwin and Carlin hammered out a deal for Robinson to write a four-issue miniseries, eventually published as issues #0-3 of the ongoing series. What changed the title’s status? “At the end of the fourth issue, I had the two other Starmen [Will Payton and Mikaal Tomas] show up for a cliffhanger. Carlin saw it coming together and said, ‘Let’s go for it.’”

When Waid pointed out that market forces could change a plan like that, Robinson noted that his The Shade mini series was originally meant to be an ongoing in the wake of the sales success of the Blackest Night Starman tie-in special. “Originally, [DC co-publisher] Dan DiDio asked me to make it monthly,” he said. The two eventually agreed on the miniseries, but by then, the New 52 became the focus of the company’s attention. “Had they made ‘Shade’ one of those [ongoing] books, it wouldn’t have been the book it was,” he explained. That editorial freedom did come at the cost of sales and marketing attention. In order to secure a collected edition, Robinson had to appeal to the fans to read “Shade” monthly.

CBR has a preview of All-New Invaders #4 by James Robinson, Steve Pugh, and Guru-eFX.

CBR has a preview of All-New Invaders #4 by James Robinson, Steve Pugh, and Guru-eFX.

Bleeding Cool covered DC’s All Access panel at WonderCon. Here is what they had to say about Earth 2 books:

Also coming up, we have Earth 2: World’s End, and Mike Cotton said that a lot of stuff happening in other books leading up to this will “come to a head” with Daniel H. Wilson writing, and Paul Levitz will be involved. It’s really “about the end of the world” and asking “How do you handle your world falling apart and fighting gods?” “It’s dark and mean and I don’t like happy endings” said Cotton.

If I had to bet, I would say at least Worlds’ Finest gets the axe before Earth 2: World’s End starts.

Bleeding Cool covered DC’s All Access panel at WonderCon. Here is what they had to say about Earth 2 books:

Also coming up, we have Earth 2: World’s End, and Mike Cotton said that a lot of stuff happening in other books leading up to this will “come to a head” with Daniel H. Wilson writing, and Paul Levitz will be involved. It’s really “about the end of the world” and asking “How do you handle your world falling apart and fighting gods?” “It’s dark and mean and I don’t like happy endings” said Cotton.

If I had to bet, I would say at least Worlds’ Finest gets the axe before Earth 2: World’s End starts.

Newsarama has revealed the covers to The New 52: Futures End #2-4. The cover for #3 by Ryan Sook has an image of Mister Terrific watching Batman Beyond while working out. Obviously watching Batman Beyond while working out sounds like a lot of fun but I don’t think he is watching the cartoon show. He looks like he is surveilling this Batman. Maybe after his run in with Terry Sloane on Earth 2 Michael Holt does not like guys named Terry and is going after Terry McGinnis. Hah!
On another note I don’t think we’ve seen Mister Terrific with “Fair Play” tattooed on his back before. “Fair” use to go around his right bicep, and “Play” went around his left. As far as this cover goes it looks like those tattoos have disappeared. This could mean a  couple things.
Mister Terrific loves the phrase “Fair Play” so much he not only had it tattooed on his biceps but also on his back. And the artist of this cover found the bicep tats distracting so he took them out for the cover
This is not the Mister Terrific we know. This is a different Michael Holt. Back-Tat Michael Holt.
Between adventures on Earth 2 he go his bicep tats removed and got a bigger bolder “Fair Play” tattoo on his back. He obviously has a lot of time on his hands while Earth 2 is being destroyed by evil-Superman.
What do you think of the new covers?

Newsarama has revealed the covers to The New 52: Futures End #2-4. The cover for #3 by Ryan Sook has an image of Mister Terrific watching Batman Beyond while working out. Obviously watching Batman Beyond while working out sounds like a lot of fun but I don’t think he is watching the cartoon show. He looks like he is surveilling this Batman. Maybe after his run in with Terry Sloane on Earth 2 Michael Holt does not like guys named Terry and is going after Terry McGinnis. Hah!

On another note I don’t think we’ve seen Mister Terrific with “Fair Play” tattooed on his back before. “Fair” use to go around his right bicep, and “Play” went around his left. As far as this cover goes it looks like those tattoos have disappeared. This could mean a  couple things.

  1. Mister Terrific loves the phrase “Fair Play” so much he not only had it tattooed on his biceps but also on his back. And the artist of this cover found the bicep tats distracting so he took them out for the cover
  2. This is not the Mister Terrific we know. This is a different Michael Holt. Back-Tat Michael Holt.
  3. Between adventures on Earth 2 he go his bicep tats removed and got a bigger bolder “Fair Play” tattoo on his back. He obviously has a lot of time on his hands while Earth 2 is being destroyed by evil-Superman.

What do you think of the new covers?

IGN has a preview of has a preview of part 3 of the “First Contact” crossover in Batman/Superman #9 by Greg Pak, Jae Lee, and June Chung. 

IGN has a preview of has a preview of part 3 of the “First Contact” crossover in Batman/Superman #9 by Greg Pak, Jae Lee, and June Chung. 

UPROXX has a preview of Justice League Dark #30 by J.M. DeMatteis, Andres Guinaldo, Mark Irwin, and Brad Anderson; with covers by Mikel Janin and Sam Cisco.

UPROXX has a preview of Justice League Dark #30 by J.M. DeMatteis, Andres Guinaldo, Mark Irwin, and Brad Anderson; with covers by Mikel Janin and Sam Cisco.