The AP (m.apnews.com) reports the next big story arc for Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman title will be "The Year Zero", an 11 issue arc detailing how Bruce Wayne became Batman, built the Batcave and faced off against his first super villain in The New 52 continuity. Snyder says Batman Year One will remain canon, but his Batman #0 issue back in September 2011 laid the groundwork for what he's going to do with Year Zero. There's speculation, based on Snyder's previous interviews, the villain will be The Riddler. Plus the Red Hood Gang was prominent in Batman #0.
What I find interesting about this plan is spending 11 real time months taking the best selling main Batman title and setting it "five" (or is it "six" now?) years ago at the New 52's "dawn of the superhero". Actually, it should be more than 5 years ago because 5 years ago is when Superman appeared but Batman was supposedly operating as an urban legend even before that. I wonder if DC actually has this timeline worked out because they've been fudging it on their various books since the New 52 began.
So now Batman and the forthcomimg Batman/Superman will be set at least 5 years ago. Meanwhile Detective Comics (which has become real good under the new creative team), Batman and _____, and Batman: The Dark Knight are set in present day dealing with the aftermath of Death of the Family and Robin's demise. I'm not clear on whether Batman Inc. is supposed to continue after Morrison's last DC books are published since he's left the company.
Originally posted by John OrquiolaSnyder says Batman Year One will remain canon...
They need to pick a side and stick to it. Either the New 52 is the ONLY continuity or it isn't. Stop trying to pick and choose what's still canon or not. It's one of the most aggravating things about the Lantern titles right now, because so much of it still operates on Old Canon, while professing to be a New 52.
I am of two minds about it. It will be cool to see what Snyder has in store for Riddler and the other villains. Yet, Year One was one of the best re-telling origins of all time. If you are saying it exists then there is really no need to go back to it. I really wish he would say its after Year One and go from there. Its not like Year Two was good.
(edited by lotjx on 12.3.13 1901) The Wee Baby Sheamus.Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
I'd just like to say that the Riverword series is probably my third favorite series in SF/Fantasy (behind LOtR and McCaffery's Dragons, and just ahead of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever). Thanks, Mr Farmer.