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Manhunter, The Question to return as back-up stories

Batman: Streets of Gotham #1

Batman: Streets of Gotham #1

Add Manhunter and The Question to the list of DC Comics characters starring in their own back-up stories.

They join a “co-feature” lineup that includes the previously announced Metal Men, Blue Beetle and Ravager. Beginning in June, the publisher will increase the cover price on some of its titles to $3.99, but will add a second story to each of those books.

According to the Batman solicitations for June, The Question (Renee Montoya) will debut in her co-feature in Detective Comics, which now stars Batwoman. Detective scribe Greg Rucka will write The Question story, with Cully Hamner (Blue Beetle) providing the art.

Fresh from the cancellation of her own title in March, Manhunter will move into the back-up spot in the new Batman: Streets of Gotham. Kate Spencer’s adventures will be penned by Manhunter writer Marc Andreyko and drawn by Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8).

Expect more co-features to be revealed on Monday when DC’s full solicitations are released.



So is Jeanty off Buffy now?

I would love Vertigo to do this…have some short back up creator owned stories. IF done right, this could actually help the main title; say Paul Pope does a few 5 pagers in the back of DMZ, etc. The creator rights on the single issues might complicate it though.

DC hasn’t appealed to me in a long time, but between this and the AMAZING Wednesday Comics weekly, my interest is caught.

I’ve been wishing for backups in my comics for a long time. That the Question is one of the characters involved has pretty much sold Detective to me.

When I saw that thumbnail cover, I thought it was Sean Phillips. Then it turned out not to be. So bravo to Dustin Nguyen for a kick ass bit of imagery, there.

I love the idea of back-up features, ‘cus of nostalgia. And seeing how the entire “fights in tights” genre works entirely on nostalgia, I’m presumably not the only one. But I also think these price rises (and the resulting drive to make them seem value-added with back-up features, etc) are the death-throes of the comic as a monthly direct market periodical, so whadda-I-know?

Simon DelMonte

March 23, 2009 at 6:02 am

Hmmm. I still wish we didn’t have to get these with the $1 price increase, but this really does make a lot of sense, and choice of who will get the backups has made even more sense.

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