Comic book readers were shocked and dismayed Wednesday when DC Comics apparently introduced a brand new character to the Batman mythos in issue #8 of their weekly ongoing Batman comic, Batman Eternal. The move has sent shockwaves through fandom as fans struggle to come to grips with the idea that this is not the return of old character or the reintroduction of a character to the Nu52. However, series writers John Layman insists that's the case:
The lady at the end of Batman Eternal #8? You have not met her before. You'll have to wait a week for a proper introduction.— Layman (@themightylayman) May 28, 2014
"Come on," said Angus MacStickinbutt, a DC Comics fan (poor guy), when we informed him of the news. "Ok, so it's not Cassie. Renee Montoya?"
No, it's a new character.
"Harper Row with her hair dyed?"
No. Someone new.
"Harper was just a stand-in for Steph anyway. Maybe an ever sexier, gender-swapped Lobo?"
The character, female, appears on the final page of the issue in a scene set in Hong Kong and appears to speak with a British accent. It is somewhat difficult to pin down her ethnicity, due to the lighting in the scene and the fact that she is wearing a skintight catsuit that covers everything but her face. She's climbing the side of a building, and is familiar with Batman, as she's surprised to learn he's in the city. That's all we know.
"Man, what's DC's problem?!" wondered MacStickenbutt.
"This is a slap in the face to the fans!"
"Because they put a character in a comic book that I don't recognize!"
But whenever they bring an old character back, don't you say that they did it wrong because the character is black or gay or wearing underpants on the wrong side of his tights?
"Yeah, they should just make a new character if they want to change things."
Ok, but that's what they did here.
"I know! What the fuck?!"
Alright then. Well, if you've been reading Batman Eternal, and we hope you have, because it's one of the best books DC is putting out and it's by some talented and decent people.
Unless Layman is lying about us never having met this character before, in which case, we take back everything nice we said about him. That fucking guy.