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Stephanie Brown joins Batman in Smallville Season 11

When Batman won’t be alone when he debuts in August in DC Comics’ digital-first Smallville Season 11 — that much was clear from the cover art released earlier this week. But it turns out that’s not Robin but Nightwing warning the Caped Crusader of Superman’s The Blur’s arrival. What’s more, that’s not a young Dick Grayson under the mask, but rather Stephanie Brown.

“Bruce can be somewhat of an angry man,” writer Bryan Q. Miller explains to TV Guide. “Stephanie’s personality is so can-do and unsinkable and bright, so it’s very much on purpose on Bruce’s part that he has a good cop going out on patrol with him every night.”

The storyline, called appropriately enough “Detective,” will also explain why Stephanie is Nightwing and not Batgirl, the identity she assumed in the DC Universe from 2009 to 2011. Miller, a former staff writer and executive story editor on The CW’s Smallville, also wrote DC’s Batgirl during Stephanie’s time in the costume.

Batman and Nightwing will arrive online in Smallville Season 11 in August, and then in print in September. Miller is joined on the four-part arc by ChrisCross and Marc Deering.

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Vertigo ends Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child with Issue 7

Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child #7

Even as the ax falls on three more DC Universe titlesCaptain Atom, Resurrection Man and VoodooVertigo’s September solicitations reveal the DC Comics imprint is canceling Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child with Issue 7.

Announced in October at New York Comic Con, the series by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds and Denys Cowan followed Dominique Laveau, heir to the voodoo queenship of New Orleans and the prime suspect in the murder of the previous 1ueen.

“I’d call it a dark fantasy that engages real world pathologies, crime being just one,” Hinds, former editor-in-chief of The Source magazine, told Comic Book Resources last fall. “I’m just as interested in the character, quirks and travails of the very real city of New Orleans and the people who call it, and have called it, home as I am in the supernatural elements that we’ve constructed in our story world.”

The title premiered in March with sales of only about 12,800 copies, a figure that fell to about 8,300 by the second issue — only slightly more than the recently canceled iZombie. The only Vertigo comics to appear lower than those two on April’s sales chart were the final issue of Northlanders and the 32nd issue of Sweet Tooth, which ends in December.

Comics A.M. | De Guzman leaves SLG, Powell joins Diamond

Jennifer de Guzman

Publishing | Jennifer de Guzman announced that, after 10 years, she has left her position as editor-in-chief of SLG Publishing: “My decade SLG was, I suspect, like no other decade anyone has spent working anywhere. I had great co-workers and got to work with fantastic creators, all of whom I will miss very much. (Though because this is comics and a community like no other, we will always stay in contact.)” [Possible Impossibilities]

Retailing | Chris Powell, current general manager and chief relationship officer for Texas-based comic chain Lone Star Comics, has accepted the newly created position of executive director of business development for Diamond Comic Distributors. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund board member will start his new position in March. [ICv2]

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