Bob Harras gives some insights on creating a new universe with old characters.
DC's EIC had this to say on their blog,
When we first started The New 52 one of the things we were most excited about was the limitless number of possibilities for new stories as we moved on through our first year and for years beyond that. One of the most intriguing elements going forward was the potential to show that even though these were fresh takes on our characters, they all share the same universe.
This May we are taking the opportunity to show that The New 52 is a shared universe in a couple of different ways. First of all we have the epic NIGHT OF THE OWLS story across the Bat-Books as the Court of Owls attacks Gotham City. You can follow different parts of the tale in Batman #9, Batman Annual #1, Detective Comics #9, Batwing #9, Batman and Robin #9, Birds of Prey #9, Batgirl #9, Red Hood and the Outlaws #9, Catwoman #9, Nightwing #9 and All-Star Western #9 (which takes place in 188- but still in the same universe as the rest of our books).
Next up we have a game changing battle royal in THE CULLING which pits the Teen Titans and Legion Lost teams against N.O.W.H.E.R.E! This is a tough fight for our heroes so they're going to be sharing a lot of pain in addition to their universe. Follow the action in Teen Titans Annual #1, Teen Titans #9, Legion Lost #9 and the all-new Ravagers #1!
Ravagers isn't the only new series launching this month and we'll have more on those titles, NIGHT OF THE OWLS and THE CULLING on The Source any minute now so keep a look out.
As a final bonus for all of you that have wanted to see exactly how our characters interact in The New 52 (and because we love it too) you'll see quite a few quest stars in May.
We'll be following up on this too, but you're gonna love Suicide Squad vs. Resurrection Man, Frankenstein's hunt for Animal Man, Blue Beetle squaring off against New Guardians and O.M.A.C. beating the tar out of Justice League International in a story that wraps up in The Fury of Firestorm.
All of this promises to make May a whole bunch of fun and we can't wait for you to see it.
(Pencils for the first page of TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1. Art by Brett Booth)
Source: DC Comics - The Source
Written or Contributed by: Tom K