In order to keep up with the DC’s guaranteed monthly release of titles, there are going to be times when guest artists and writers are going to be needed to fill in to keep the schedule on track.

The news that has a lot of people talking is the news that artist Becky Cloonan will guest art Batman #12, a stand-alone issue featuring Harper Row.

“If I could go back in time and tell myself ten years ago that I would be drawing Batman … well I don’t know if I would because I might mess up continuity, so here I am,” Cloonan told THE SOURCE. “I admit that I had some stage fright going in to this book, but Scott Snyder wrote an awesome script about a character that I could instantly identify with, and was on top of that, fun to draw. Harper is my kind of girl- I even had a similar haircut when I was 20, although I was admittedly not as cool.”

Batman #12 is available now.

Dial H will see David Lapham step in with issue #6

“DIAL H is one of those offbeat comic concepts like The Creeper or Doom Patrol or Metal Men that every artist and comics lover digs and secretly wants to draw,” Lapham told THE SOURCE. “It’s a crazy trip into your imagination, and I can’t wait to dig in to China Miéville’s off beat and very funny script and do it justice.”

Dial H #6 arrives November 07, 2012.

Nightwing #13 and #14 will see Dick Grayson battling Lady Shiva, and the action will be written by Tom DeFalco, with art by Andres Guinaldo and Mark Irwin.

“When writer Kyle Higgins needed a breather to gear up for the Joker’s monstrous return in issue #15, I turned to Tom, who pitched in on issue #0,” series editor Brian Cunningham told THE SOURCE. “I’ll just come out and say it: Tom ranks among the best ever at writing street-level heroes. And Tom really delivered with his first solo trip to Gotham, following the narrative that Kyle has developed without skipping a beat, and helping to set up the Joker arc. And it felt natural for Tom to continue exploring the character of Lady Shiva, who first appears in NIGHTWING #0.”

Nightwing #14 arrives November 21, 2012.

They never should have cancelled Legends of the Dark Knight and to ensure it won’t happen again, the digital comic series has a change in schedule and creative teams.

  • August 9— “A Game to Die For” written by TJ Fixman with artwork by Christopher Mitten
  • August 16— “Slam!” Part 1 written by Joshua Fialkov with artwork by Phil Hester & Eric Gapstur
  • August 23— “Slam!” Part 2 written by Joshua Fialkov with artwork by Phil Hester & Eric Gapstur
  • August 30— “Slam!” Part 3 written by Joshua Fialkov with artwork by Phil Hester & Eric Gapstur
  • September 6— “Bat-Man: The Movie” written by Andrew Dabb with artwork by Giorgio Pontrelli
  • September 13— “Together” written by Jonathan Larsen with artwork by Tan Eng Huat
  • September 20— “Gotham Spirit” written by Jeff Parker with artwork by Gabriel Hardman
  • September 27— “Dungeons & Dragons” writing and artwork by Mike Oeming
  • October 4— “Look Inside” written by Rob Williams with artwork by Juan Ryp
  • October 11— “Arkham’s Ghost” Part 1 written by Joe Harris with artwork by Jason Masters
  • October 18— “Arkham’s Ghost” Part 2 written by Joe Harris with artwork by Jason Masters
  • October 25— “Arkham’s Ghost” Part 3 written by Joe Harris with artwork by Jason Masters

Red Hood and the Outlaws #14 reunites the creative team of Scott Lobdell and Pascal Alixe.

“Superman vs. the Outlaws!! Even with Starfire, it’s a short fight—but what a fight!” teased series editor Eddie Berganza. “Now what brings the Man of Steel on the trail of Red Hood and company will be leading into bigger things for both this book and SUPERMAN. Stay tuned!”

Red Hood and the Outlaws #14 arrives November 21, 2012.

And for the final round of announcements (for today), DC Comics has announced that Pete Woods is filling in for Aquaman on issue #14.

“Pete Woods is strapping on the scuba tanks, grabbing a speargun and jumping in the deep end!” said series editor Pat McCallum to THE SOURCE. “We couldn’t be happier to have him aboard — his art is berserk, and he’s bringing that awesome energy to the DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 debut of Ocean Master! We couldn’t be more excited!”

Aquaman #14 arrives November 28, 2012.

That is a lot of changes and guest spots for the DC titles, and before the month is over, I expect we’ll hear of more artists and writers coming on board to work on various titles.

via DC Comics

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. wdchefdave
    August 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm — Reply

    Take a big bite!
    Because it all BITES!
    There was no actual plan that any “creator” will confess!
    Play with the pawns… and when you get older you can play with the “Big Pieces”!
    This has sucked from day one.
    I would not read a free DC comic, these days.

  2. ~wyntermute~
    August 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm — Reply

    Although I’m not -quite- as skeptical as the commentor above me, I’ve gotta say that… Well, this feels like “Special Guest-Star, [Insert Pop Culture Figure]” episodes of sitcom tv. For instance, I don’t know many artist-names, and I only recognize a handful of writer-names. None of these people DC’s promoting are familiar to me, so why are they marketing them like it’s some big deal? I’ve had the same reaction to the MarvelNOW! creative team press releases. Now I realize that this makes me sound like I’m some kinda person who’s Obviously Out Of The Loop when it comes to comic books, but…

    Can you name the person who directed Season 4, Episode 5 of [insert tv show here]? Chances are that “you” (the hypothetical ‘average media consumer’) don’t even pay attention to that sort of stuff, so why is it a big deal that comics get “guest-star” (though the “starpower” of said guests is debatable) creative teams? Shouldn’t “who writes/draws the book” matter less than the cohesiveness of the series as a whole, i.e. WHAT the finished product is like? Tell me a good _story_ with words-and-pictures-supplementing-each-other, and I don’t care if it’s Pee-Wee Herman who did it. If a song sucks, it doesn’t matter if Somebody With Talent produced it — it’s still a bad song.

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