New 52 Titles Get Annuals in May
May marks another first for the "New 52" era of DC Comics — oversized annuals for Batman, Teen Titans and Animal Man. The Batman annual is co-written by series writer Scott Snyder with James Tynion IV, who's also co-writing the Batman back-ups with Snyder starting in April. Illustrated by Jay Fabok, who drew Batman: The Dark Knight #4, the issue will feature the debut of classic villain Mr. Freeze in DC's New 52 continuity, and fit into the building Court of Owls storyline. "Mr. Freeze is a character full of pathos and tragedy and at the end of the day, he's one of Batman's deadliest," Snyder said on DC's publicity blog The Source. The regular Teen Titans team of writer Scott Lobdel and artist Brett Booth are joined on that book's annual by co-writer Tom DeFalco. The issue kicks off a crossover that continues in Superboy #9, Legion Lost #9 (written by DeFalco), Teen Titans #9 and The Ravagers #1. In a post on The Source, Lobdell reveals that the comic will feature the first glimpse of "the Colony," and introduce much of The Ravagers cast. "We finally get to see the oft-mentioned Colony – where the N.O.W.H.E.R.E. leader named Harvest has been keeping the hundred or so teenagers (did I say hundred?!) for who-knows-how-long," Lobdell said in the post. The Animal Man annual is written by series writer Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Timothy Green II, who drew the Rocket Raccoon & Groot feature in Marvel cosmic series Annihilators. "In many ways this Annual is like a prequel to the crossover storyline that Scott Snyder and I have planned for Animal Man and Swamp Thing," Lemire said in a post on The Source. Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!
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