COMICS: DiDio And Lee Discuss THE NEW 52, TRINITY WAR And WILDCATS

DC co-publisher Dan Didio takes a playful swipe at Marvel's All New X-Men while Jim Lee discusses WildCATS plans. "We saw people's minds change and join us and come along with us. Now a year later the numbers are holding strong for us," said Didio.

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By Mark Julian - 10/25/2012


Going into its second year, is 'The New 52' still new? "It's still New! I think the 'New X-Men' have been 'New' for a very long time, so don't knock my New off so soon!" DiDio joked.

Reflecting on the past year as whole Didio went on to say, "From my standpoint it's been an interesting year; we started last year and as we built getting into the New 52 there was a lot of trepidation among the retailers, the fans, everybody, even our own staff. But we believed in what we were doing and we went out there and basically hand sold it to everybody," DiDio said. "We saw people's minds change and join us and come along with us. Now a year later the numbers are holding strong for us."

Looking at the inclusion of his Wildstorm characters, Jim Lee surprisingly revealed that he actually had very little input into the decision making. "I actually was pretty hands off on that, partly because the whole thrust of the New 52 was to streamline things and to simplify, to add new elements. So I was really curious to see what the New York-based editorial team could do with the Wildstorm characters and how they saw them and how they saw them integrating into the DC Universe."

However, one Wildstorm team that's been absent has been Lee's WildCATS. "[The introduction of the Wildstorm characters has] been pretty successful so far, I'm pretty happy with the results, but I have held back the WildCATS characters and that title. I would love to do it at some point, but I feel that's one I need to be more involved in out of all the books, so that's one I've held back a little bit," said Lee.

The duo remained mum on the first major crossover event of The New 52, The Trinity War but did share some tonal descriptions of what readers can expect. "Trinity" does not just refer to the characters involved. Without giving it away, "Trinity War' -- the word trinity resonates throughout the project on many, many levels and so in a sense there's almost three distinct parts. Well, almost three stories combined into one and then each part really redefines the universe in a really cool and unexpected way," Lee said.

With the old characters firmly established, going forward, 2013 will be all about introducing new characters like Talon. "There is one major goal: one of the things we're going for right now is the introduction of new characters and new ideas to the 52. Right now what we did is take the pre-existing characters, we had to rebuild them and build a strong base for them. Now I feel we have the impetus to try new characters and new things," said Didio.



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Banner - 10/25/2012, 6:30 PM
Marvel would still kick your ass!
Howlett - 10/25/2012, 6:32 PM
I may be a DC fan but New 52 is just an Ultimate title ripoff
MarkJulian - 10/25/2012, 6:36 PM
@SithLord So then what is MarvelNOW? It's all just one big cycle.
Howlett - 10/25/2012, 6:46 PM
@Mark, and yeah DC is doing it.
Asterisk - 10/25/2012, 6:58 PM
I dig the New 52 so much. Certainly better than Marvel's NOW!. Well, I won't say that, I'm an optimist. I'm just glad we live in a time with a lot of good creators and books.
OtakuPapi - 10/25/2012, 6:59 PM
The Ultimate Universe is the ish
GoILL - 10/25/2012, 7:00 PM
Finally got to read Batman #13 today...that shit was great.
RSDhillon - 10/25/2012, 7:07 PM
I believe someday that Marvel and DC will rip each other off so much that they just merge (Amalgam!) permanently--forever!!
RSDhillon - 10/25/2012, 7:08 PM
(sarcasm)
Asterisk - 10/25/2012, 7:08 PM
@earzmundo

DC ALWAYS [frick]s over Marvel in sales. They're just cool like that,
ItsATrap - 10/25/2012, 7:09 PM
my only new 52 complaints is that it took so long to make superman interesting. like the direction they're taking now though. most of the titles i've been reading have been fantastic.
and @GoILL everything Snyder has done on Batman has been absolutely fantastic. #13 was the best issue so far, and Death of the Family is looking to be one of the best Joker stories i've read in a long time.
MJPETTY7 - 10/25/2012, 7:13 PM
For the record, DC has been doing reboots long before Marvel did. I love Marvel, but in terms of comics, they suck. The only good they're doing right now is in film and possibly the new Avengers Assemble and SHIELD shows.

I didn't like the New 52 at first, but with the current & new creative teams taking over titles such as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, JLA, and more, I've started to really get back into comics. Thanks DC!!!

Also, Marvel, keep putting out great films, because I LOVE THEM!!! That is all...
MJPETTY7 - 10/25/2012, 7:15 PM
@Splenda I agree with you, I hate the New 52 Supes as well, but Scott Lobdell is actually doing a very good job. Issues 0 & 13 were excellent and he's just starting! As for Morrison's Action Comics, I don't like that either, but they're replacing him with Andy Diggle (of Green Arrow: Year One fame), and of course Scott Snyder & Jim Lee are going to do that Superman book next year. All in all, I'd say give #0 & #13 a try. I HATED the other issues, but it's finally starting to get better. I think you'll enjoy it.
GoILL - 10/25/2012, 7:16 PM
@ItsATrap

Yeah man Snyder has been killing it on Batman. I started picking up comics again because of what he has done with Batman.
jimpinto24 - 10/25/2012, 7:18 PM
I'm a Marvel guy, but I also enjoy reading DC titles. The New 52 issues have payed off. There are a lot of great titles to choose from. My favorite is the Batman titles by Scott Synder. (
DioFoRio - 10/25/2012, 7:25 PM
Is Jim Lee related to Stan?
marvel72 - 10/25/2012, 7:27 PM
i've liked what i've read of the new 52.

-animal man
-aquaman
-batman
-green lantern
-red lanterns
-swamp thing
-the flash
-wonder woman

just borrowed the first six issues of justice league.

as for the marvel now books i plan on reading lots of them but who knows if they'll be any good.

-all new x-men
-cable & x-force
-deadpool
-fantastic four
-guardians of the galaxy
-journey into mystery
-new avengers
-nova
-secret avengers
-the avengers
-the indestructible hulk
-thor god of thunder
-uncanny avengers
-uncanny x-force

i may pick up avengers arena,captain america,iron man & the thunderbolts.
MJPETTY7 - 10/25/2012, 8:03 PM
@Splenda I did not enjoy Annual either. I think the reason he had to do what he did with that book was just to wrap up what had already been happening in the book. 0 & 13 are much better in my opinion. Highly recommended.
Jollem - 10/25/2012, 9:30 PM
jim lee fan 4 lyfez, yo

i was pleased when jim lee went on board at d.c.
venkman9993592 - 10/25/2012, 10:02 PM
i really want to get on board with the new 52 sometimes, but i fear in 5 or so years it will all just be re written again. at least the art looks cool.
weaponx123 - 10/25/2012, 10:47 PM
I would love to see Wildcats comeback!
Tevii - 10/26/2012, 12:03 AM
@sith - New 52 is as much a rip off as The ultimates is of DCs multple universes.
Dc has entered that territory a long time before marvel.
Then it became messy and confusing because of it so they did Crisis on Infinite Earths to fix everything.
Marvel reached that point when they started Ultimates. And with the crossovers of the spidermen they started their path to confusion as well.
so hate on DC all you want, you are still wrong
longbowhunter - 10/26/2012, 12:25 AM
I honestly can't believe people still argue over Marvel and DC. Guess I just don't have that pick-a-team mentality.
Happy11 - 10/26/2012, 12:57 AM
Do any off you actually read.comics new has been brilliant especially nightwing aguaman and jl
Happy11 - 10/26/2012, 1:01 AM
@tevii well said this site has just turned into a dc bashing one by supposedly comic book fans but my quest is that they haven't read either marvel or dc just watch the movies.
Happy11 - 10/26/2012, 1:04 AM
Ps guess not quest lol pre text
siggisuperman - 10/26/2012, 1:53 AM
Haven't really read the new 52. For some it was a great chance to jump back on DC. For me it was a great chance to let go of DC. Marvel NOW is not a reboot. Nothing will be retconned.
DukeAcureds - 10/26/2012, 3:50 AM
If anything, Earth One is Ultimate DC (HappyHouston@ Love the avatar). New 52 is the regular DCU as it has always been. Yes, it's different to how it was pre-flashpoint, but it's always changing. Actually, at the moment it's the strongest and most streamlined timeline they've had since the Silver Age.It actually makes sense again, to a degree.
Although, I would appreciate being told what the Hell happened to the multiverse, at the end of Flashpoint, because it all seems to have changed, with the exception of Earth One. Maybe Trinity War will explain that.
In fact, that whole teaser about it not just being about characters? Well, The New 52 is actually an amalgamation of three different pre-Flashpoint universes (Earths 0, 13 and 50), so maybe that's the trinity it's referring to.
breakUbatman - 10/26/2012, 4:17 AM
I've enjoyed Batman, Aquaman and Wonder Woman - Titans was dissapointing and I lost interest in Red Hood so I'll approach Superman with trepidation.

Justice League has been average I know it's meant to big fun and all but give us some character work. On the other hand I'm enjoying Shazam (though he'll alwys be Captain Marvel to me).

The Action Comics Superman setup is bad in my opinion, waiting for stuff to happen in Action restricts what can happen in Superman.
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 10/26/2012, 9:22 AM
The new DC 52 has been hit and miss for me. I've enjoyed, Batman, Aquaman, GL, WW.Earth2 and World's Finest. As a big Superman fan, I have been a little disappointed with his titles but it looks like it starting to pick up and become interesting. I am looking forward to the MOS title, and Trinity War.

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