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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.
DC Comics’ Supergirl has been in a state of flux since the departure in December of the regular creative team of Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle. They were followed, if only briefly, by Nick Spencer and then James Peaty and Bernard Chang.
And now, with June’s Supergirl #65, Kelly Sue DeConnick, ChrisCross and Marc Deering will take a three-issue turn on the series, marking the writer’s first work for the publisher.
DeConnick, who co-wrote 30 Days of Night: Eben & Stella with Steve Niles, is best known for her recent Marvel miniseries Osborn and her one-shots Sif and Rescue. She’s also contributed stories to Marvel’s Girl Comics and Image’s The Comic Book Tattoo and 24seven.
A DC veteran, ChrisCross has drawn Firestorm, The Outsiders and Superman/Batman, as well as Milestone’s Blood Syndicate and Heroes.
Here’s the solicitation for Supergirl #65, which hits stores on June 15: “Co-ed of Steel? Supergirl goes undercover on a college campus to help Lois Lane uncover the truth behind a string of recent student disappearances! What they uncover, though, leads Supergirl directly into a confrontation with one of the DCU’s deadliest villains!”