Batman Eternal: The most popular character in comics celebrates his 75th anniversary in 2014. To celebrate that, DC unveiled Batman Eternal, a weekly (yep, every week) comic about all the chaos in Gotham. Brad Meltzer, Paul Dini, Gregg Hurwitz and Peter Tomasi will keep these adventures coming. Scott Snyder will serve as the “showrunner.” There’s already one huge “Spoiler.” Stephanie Brown, known previously as Spoiler and a Robin for a brief time, is returning. This is the first time we’ve seen the character in the New 52 universe. Batman Eternal is coming spring 2014.
Superior Spider-Man: Dr. Octopus pulled off the greatest evil plan in Spidey villain history by killing Peter Parker and taking over his body. But his war on crime has had an unpleasant side effect: the Green Goblin is the kingpin of New York. These two are destined for a showdown, and it will come in a storyline called Goblin Nation. Writer Dan Slott sums it up like this:
“No one is safe. This is Green Goblin, this is the guy who throws people off bridges. This is Doc Ock. This is the guy who killed Peter Parker.”
He stopped just short of saying “everyone dies,” but I wouldn’t get too comfortable.
Afterlife with Archie: As you may have noticed, zombies are really popular now. The industry’s favorite high school kid is getting the horror treatment in Afterlife with Archie. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who has written Archie’s Weird Fantasy is bringing the apocalypse to Riverdale. Jughead’s pet Hot Dog gets hit by a car, and he talks Sabrina The Teenage Witch into reviving him. But he comes back wrong, leading to an undead plague. In issue five, the surviving kids take a step decades in the making: they actually leave the city of Riverdale. The first issue is available now.