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Old 02-09-2008, 10:33 AM   #1
MattBrady
 
DAN DIDIO, GEOFF JOHNS ON DC UNIVERSE #0 & FINAL CRISIS' PLAN

No, no – you’re not missing a convention this weekend.

This weekend is DC’s RRP meeting, a semi-regular meeting between DC and a focus group of direct market retailers. While the bulk of the meetings are taken up with more…retailer-y concerns, the publisher also takes the opportunity to present a look at some of its upcoming editorial plans.

And that’s just what they’re doing.

First up…something called DC Universe #0, which began its “life” as something else altogether. Just prior to DC’s RRP meetings, we spoke with DC Universe Executive Editor Dan DiDio and co-writer Geoff Johns about the many forms this particular issue has taken – and how its final version, which hits in May, was finally decided upon.

Newsarama: Dan, as you mentioned – but didn’t name it - when we spoke at the end of last year, this is a bridge issue that fits in between Countdown to Final Crisis #1 and Final Crisis #1, correct?

Dan DiDio: Originally, we were going to do Countdown to Final Crisis #0 - that’s what Countdown has been counting down to: 51 to 0 – 52 issues in total, a year’s worth of work. Ultimately though, what happened was that when we were looking at how #0 was being created, we realized that in collecting Countdown to Final Crisis, it would be hard to collect the #0 issue, because it would leave us on a cliffhanger at the end of the book. We felt that probably wasn’t the best way to end a book, so we decided to end all the Countdown stories with #1, and therefore make the #0 issue separate. That’s when it became Final Crisis #0.

Then, Grant was involved in the writing of Final Crisis #0 of course, and Grant wanted Geoff to co-write it with him. But as we were building the book, we realized that the story wasn’t contained to the stories that were flowing into Final Crisis, involving New Gods and Monitors, but really touched upon so many major events going on throughout the DCU including: more hints to the Black Lanterns story, what’s coming up in the Batman storylines, Superman’s upcoming stories and Wonder Woman as well. Because it started to expand outside of Final Crisis, we repositioned the book one more time, and now it’s called DC Universe #0

And since this is becoming more of a springboard to all of the DC Universe in 2008, we wanted to make this much more accessible to all of our fans and separate it out from Final Crisis and Countdown so it can really stand alone on its own feet. As such, it’s going to sell for 50 cents – 24 pages by Grant and Geoff, with art by a wide variety of folks including Ivan Reis, Carlos Pacheco, Tony Daniel, George Perez and Aaron Lopresti.

NRAMA: So it’s a quick “calm before the storm” type of thing, a snapsot of the DC Universe with hints to where things are headed before it all goes to hell in Final Crisis?

DD: Absolutely. And there’s a special narrator in it that we’re not going to reveal until it comes out, but it’s something that I think helps to propel the excitement of the DC Universe, and the vision we all share in moving forward.

NRAMA: Geoff – over to you – how would you describe the issue?

Geoff Johns: I really think #0’s going to have a strong tone and set the stage for where we’re going to take the DC Universe. For me, #0 is the next phase, and a really damn good one.

We worked really hard to design it as an entry point to the DC Universe for anybody. Even though we’ve got complexities and histories and tons of characters, DC Universe #0 is really an entry point for everybody. We’re trying to make it a place for current readers and older readers who maybe haven’t read comics in a while or readers new to the DC Universe – the book is designed as a springboard for all of this coming stuff. It gives a sense of where the characters are going, who they are, and what their journeys are going to be. And it’s drawn by some of the best guys in the business.

For me, #0 is putting the stake in the ground and saying, “Okay, we move forward from here.”

And I have to add that it’s really great to be back in the thick of it like this. Grant and I have been out of the center of it all for a while, and it’s really exciting to get back into the center. 52 was unconnected to other things, and after that, we took a year off from that kind of stuff, have done our own books, but now it’s all about getting back into the mix – into the center of it all again.

NRAMA: Dan, just to clarify one last point, in looking at it as a bridge, it’s more a thematic on between Countdown and Final Crisis rather than literal, that is the story of Countdown ends with its respective #1, and the story of Final Crisis then begins with its respective #1, correct?

DD: Correct. But again, it’s a little broader than just that – while it does lay things out for Final Crisis, it also gives you the tone for the DC Universe in 2008, and sets up key storylines for a number of our major characters.

NRAMA: Let’s talk about the larger picture – you mentioned that there will be a limited number of other connected issues…but can you give the view of the DCU publishing plan from 50,000 feet for the year?

DD: Sure – you’ve got Final Crisis running, you’ll have “Batman: R.I.P. in Batman, along with another major and separate storyline in Detective. There will be a major storyline building off of the Brainiac image that we’ve been showcasing around, feeding into the Superman stories which will feed into an important turning point in Superman’s life before the year is out. There’s also a big, epic-style Wonder Woman storyline coming from Gail this summer as well - along with the two miniseries, Rann-Thanagar: Holy War and Reign in Hell, and of course Trinity.

As we’ve set it up, all of our key franchises are involved in major storylines in their own series, and for the bigger picture, we’ve got Final Crisis and the miniseries. We don’t want anything lost in the shuffle, so every book has to stand on its own, and feel as important as the biggest book we have.

The DCU is back in spades.

NRAMA: And what about the other ancillary material to Final Crisis that you mentioned when we spoke at the end of last year?

DD: Two other miniseries - not Holy War and Reign in Hell. We’ll be announcing those a little later on – those are two minis that both start in August, and then, we have a Final Crisis skip month in September where we have anywhere from two to four specials tying in to Final Crisis’ story, and then Final Crisis comes to a conclusion at the end of this year.

Newsarama Note: DiDio also announced Family Dynamic, a new project written by J. Torres. Look for more coming later, or early next week.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 10:49 AM   #2
KoozyK
 
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DD: Absolutely. And there’s a special narrator in it that we’re not going to reveal until it comes out, but it’s something that I think helps to propel the excitement of the DC Universe, and the vision we all share in moving forward.
hmmm
any ideas? someone dead coming back to life most likely...
barry? nah, they wouldn't... would they?
 
Old 02-09-2008, 10:51 AM   #3
cyclopsfan
 
"The DCU is back in spades"


Where did it go? Two years worth of weekly stories etc etc, and it's not back yet?
 
Old 02-09-2008, 10:54 AM   #4
Tomwaitsfan
 
COOL!! Family Dynamic?
 
Old 02-09-2008, 10:54 AM   #5
holtom2000
 
hurry up and end Countdown.what it's counting down to has to be more interesting than the actual countdown itself
 
Old 02-09-2008, 10:54 AM   #6
Punchy
 
More Rann/Thanagar War? Odd, I guess the use of 'Holy' would indicate that this involves Lady Styx and is continuing the plot threads from Countdown To Adventure.

And Trinity, I'm guessing that is the Bagley project, probably the third weekly.

50 Cents for this DC Universe #0 is a good deal.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 10:55 AM   #7
JSA Mou
 
This is going to be good. As to the DC Universe being back in spades, I would guess a status quo is being established in #0--or at least, the beginning of one. Things have been in flux since Identity Crisis, and once the dust settles from Final Crisis, it may be clear exactly where things stand in the DCU.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 10:58 AM   #8
Hobowatcher
 
Man, this sounds pretty sweet. I must say, I really do love the DCU.

As for the narrators, it should be the Phantom Stranger and Detective Chimp.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 10:58 AM   #9
Dalarsco2
 
Anyone else getting an Avengers: Disassembled vibe from FC? We have crazy ____ going down in the main series, and the big guns have thematic tie-ins.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:04 AM   #10
K-DoG7p7
 
why is the legion on the cover? :P
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:06 AM   #11
Tomwaitsfan
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dalarsco2
Anyone else getting an Avengers: Disassembled vibe from FC? We have crazy ____ going down in the main series, and the big guns have thematic tie-ins.
These are not tie ins to FC. They already said that.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:06 AM   #12
Ken B.
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dalarsco2
Anyone else getting an Avengers: Disassembled vibe from FC? We have crazy ____ going down in the main series, and the big guns have thematic tie-ins.

Well, if that's the case, it's going to be nothing but red sky tie ins. Because that was what happened in every Avengers Disassembled tie in except for Iron Man (The FF and Spectacular Spidey ones were the worst)
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:12 AM   #13
JSA Mou
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dalarsco2
Anyone else getting an Avengers: Disassembled vibe from FC? We have crazy ____ going down in the main series, and the big guns have thematic tie-ins.
I'm not getting an "Avengers: Disassembled" vibe from any of this. First of all, I think it will be fairly well executed, and second of all, it has been said repeatedly that Final Crisis will not be crossing over into ongoing titles.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:14 AM   #14
sweetmisery
 
So now they want Countdown and FC be seperated, and not only that, a one shot in the middle? Instead of going with the flow: CD straight to FC.

But oh well, Im in anyway.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:17 AM   #15
Hobowatcher
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by JSA Mou
I'm not getting an "Avengers: Disassembled" vibe from any of this. First of all, I think it will be fairly well executed, and second of all, it has been said repeatedly that Final Crisis will not be crossing over into ongoing titles.
True, but one would have to expect the events in Final Crisis would have impact on the whole company line.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:17 AM   #16
Albert
 
"DCU IS BACK IN SPADES"

Royal Flush Gang ongoing CONFIRMED!

just playing of course...........OR AM I?!

Last edited by Albert : 02-09-2008 at 11:32 AM.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:18 AM   #17
Amoebas
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Didio
The DCU is back in spades.
That's funny - I never knew there were gone.

50 cents for the springboard to FC - gotta like that.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:20 AM   #18
Amoebas
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dalarsco2
Anyone else getting an Avengers: Disassembled vibe from FC? We have crazy ____ going down in the main series, and the big guns have thematic tie-ins.
If you mean Disassembled being: bad story-telling, gross mischaracterizations and horrific coloring - gawd I hope not.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:22 AM   #19
abelp
 
They're selling it for 50 cents?!?!?!!?

That's cool!

That way it'd invite people to pick it up who might have been burnt out by all the year-long weekly series and to whet everyone's appetite for Final Crisis.

But that's just me...
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:25 AM   #20
adama
 
I do not not read a title that I'm not going to get. They all sound nice. And 50 Cents for DCU #0. Sold.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:26 AM   #21
Albert
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Amoebas
If you mean Disassembled being: bad story-telling, gross mischaracterizations and horrific coloring - gawd I hope not.

Batman forgets to "Stop Drop and Roll" and flies head first into the Blue Beetle Airship while yelling "REMEMBER THE ALAMO!"
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:27 AM   #22
God-Man
 
Man, the Rann-Thanagar war will never end! And George Perez drawing Superman and the LOSH!! Woo hoo!
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:33 AM   #23
joekelly007
 
THE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TIMBER WOLF LOOKS GREAT !!!!
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:38 AM   #24
Tomwaitsfan
 
Which Legion is that?
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:46 AM   #25
ste1bro
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tomwaitsfan
Which Legion is that?

It looks to me like the Waid / Jim Shooter (current series) Legion - Lightning Lad's hair & costume are the ones from that series.

Is that Blok standing next to Superman?

It looks like the Legion are fighting Shadow Demons (from COIE)...

Looks like this is the '31st Century Crisis', then!

Count me in, this looks great!
 
 
   

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