Ahead of SDCC, where we can expect tons of big news, DC has made a couple of quieter announcements.  First, they are reviving the Jack Kirby fan favorite character Klarion the Witch Boy, typically depicted as a villain, but that has been used as something of a hero at times.  Next, expect Catwoman, a controversial figure to say the least– especially since the New 52 relaunch– to get a makeover as a Gotham City crime boss.

First, former ‘Catwoman’, ‘Green Arrow’ and ‘Daredevil’ writer Ann Nocenti would launching a new ‘Klarion’.  Nocenti describes the book as “a mix of sci-fi, horror and mysticism [that] explores the dynamic: Is technology saving or destroying the planet?”

Trevor McCarthy is handling art on the series.

‘Klarion The Witch Boy’ previously starred in his own book during Grant Morrison‘s ‘Seven Soldiers’ crossover.  Frazer Irving provided the art on the series.

Nocenti will be leaving the current ‘Catwoman’ book for this new assignment, opening the door for Nebula Award-winning novelist Genevieve Valentine to take it over and to take its lead character Selina Kyle in a startling new direction.  Catwoman has typically found herself as a target for the mafia, but now she’s swapping out the leather catsuit and goggles for a power suit and will assume control of a mob family.

Valentine described the series like this: “She decides to accept the position [as the head of a crime family], both because she sees a chance to restore a ruined Gotham and because, deep down, Selina’s always played power games against herself… she’ll be coming face to face with what she’s willing to do to keep her power, on a scale that could shake the whole city.”

Valentine wrote the novels ‘Mechanique’, ‘The Girls at the Kingfisher Club’ and the essay collection ‘Geek Wisdom’.

The artist from Marvel’s ‘Iron Patriot’ book, Gerry Brown will handle art on ‘Catwoman’.

Both ‘Klarion’ #1 and ‘Catwoman’ #35 arrive in October.  Will you be picking these up?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter