It’s day two of New York Comic-Con, and today brings more insight into one of DC’s biggest name’s next projects! At his spotlight panel, Geoff Johns shared details on his three upcoming new comic projects, Shazam, Three Jokers and Doomsday Clock.
Speaking first on his upcoming Shazam on-going series with artist Dale Eaglesham, Johns shared that the series will continue the work he & artist Gary Frank did writing the Shazam back-up stories that ran through the first issues of the New 52 Justice League series. The book will revisit Billy Batson’s origin story, Johns stating “I always try to make my books new-reader-friendly” and will heavily feature the Marvel family. Billy will struggle with his powers, Johns describing it “His powers are kind of like a rolodex- he doesn’t quite know everything he can do yet.” The book will feature Dr. Sivanna and Mr. Mind as antagonists. Geoff Johns ultimately described the series as ” if Roald Dahl was writing a superhero book”.
Johns was then joined on stage by Jason Fabok, the artist and collaborator on Geoff Johns’s next project, the DC Black Label book The Three Jokers. The book with be a three-issue, prestige format miniseries, one that Johns and Fabok have been planning and working on together for over two years. Johns shared that “We wanted to tell the best Joker story, the best Batman story… we possibly could”, Fabok adding that the book is “a lot of work, but I’m enjoying this book so much. I love getting up every morning and working on this book.”
Bruce Wayne, Barbara Gordon and Jason Todd are the three main characters of the story, as Fabok shared his designs for them, and the titular three Jokers. The Clown Princes are based off Brian Bolland’s Joker, the Joker of the 1960’s Joker, and the first-appearance Joker. Fabok shared that for the heroes’ designs, he pulls from multiple different sources, aiming for looks that were both modern and timeless.
Johns then briefly touched upon his third DC Comics project, Doomsday Clock, thanking fans for responding so positively to the project, and sharing the standard and variant covers to issues nine and ten of the twelve-issue series from Gary Frank.