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Stephanie Brown Is Returning To DC, A Captain Marvel Re-Launch And More Comic News From NYCC

Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

Some very interesting news came out of New York Comic Con this past weekend. Particularly as it pertains to a few female comic book characters we love. All that and another new project we think you might, explained like after the jump.

To most everyones’ surprise, DC Comics’ Batman panel at NYCC revealed Stephanie Brown will be making her debut in the New 52 (unless you count that one time).

I’ll give you a second.

Ok, let’s proceed. According to a report from Comic Book Resources, a fan posed the frequently asked question, “When are Stephanie Brown or Cassandra Cain coming back?” To which Batman writer Scott Snyder replied, “We know that they’re characters that you guys have been really vocal about…Your guys’ love of Stephanie Brown have been so inspiring to us. We’re really proud to announce that she’ll be coming back in [new weekly series ‘Batman: Eternal’], in a big way. Dan DiDio is in the audience to yell at us for telling you that.”

The report went on to say:

“No one was trying to shelve her,” Snyder continued. “It was more about finding the right time to reintroduce her.”

Snyder said that [James Tynion IV] came up with the idea to reintroduce her, and suggested it’ll be as Spoiler. Tynion said Stephanie Brown will be in issue #3.

There really is nothing to say besides, YIPEEE!!!

In other comics news, Marvel announced a new ongoing series starring Elektra. At the Superior Spider-Man panel, CBR reports “A new ‘Elektra’ series starting in March, from writer Zeb Wells and artist Mike Del Mundo. It’s Elektra on a journey by herself, away from Daredevil, [SanaAmanat said, with the character becoming ‘the Dexter of assassins.'” Also good news? They said her costume will remain the same but they are “covering up her butt a little bit.” Find out more in this interview with Wells.

At the same panel, we found out Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel series will be returning in March, renumbered at #1, and involving a time travel-less time jump.

“We’re taking it cosmic,” where Carol Danvers will show why she’s the best at what she does, using her skills as an American pilot in outer space.

The first arc of the new series is called “Higher, Faster, Further, More,” a reference to the previous series. “Carol is always trying to move up, and we’re going to let her go,” DeConnick added.

Artist David Lopez will be joining DeConnick on the book, which you can find out more about on

And last but certainly not least, Marvel officially announced their new Silver Surfer title from the fantastic team of Dan Slott and Mike Allred (iZombie). According to

“A character like the Surfer, who can go everywhere and see everything? He can’t have seen it all. You’ll meet a character in the first SURFER arc, a character of such cosmic importance that you’ll wonder why we haven’t seen this character before. It’ll make you look at the Marvel Universe in a different way.”

The Surfer himself will have a new perspective of the Marvel Universe, thanks to a new character named Dawn Greenwood.

“One of the limitations of the Surfer as a character is that, by his nature, he’s alone a lot of the time,” says Brevoort. “He’s typically traveling from star to star all on his own, and getting involved in whatever happens to be going on that crosses his path.

Hmm, this sounds a little like something a lot of us love. You can also look for this one starting in March.

(image via Dustin Nguyen)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."