11:00am PT by Graeme McMillan
DC Revives 'Klarion,' Remodels 'Catwoman' Into A Mob Boss
Ahead of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, DC Entertainment continues to roll out announcements for new series and new creative teams, with Tuesday’s news that writer Ann Nocenti and artist Trevor McCarthy are reviving Jack Kirby’s wicked Witchboy, while Nebula Award-nominated novelist Genevieve Valentine takes over Catwoman to turn Selina Kyle into a crime boss.
io9.com had the announcement that former Catwoman, Green Arrow and Daredevil writer Nocenti would be handling a new series featuring Klarion, a series she describes as “a mix of sci-fi, horror and mysticism [that] explores the dynamic: Is technology saving or destroying the planet?”
The character’s first appearance was in Jack Kirby’s 1970s supernatural series The Demon, although he received an update as recently as 2005, when Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving revived Klarion the Witchboy as part of the critically-acclaimed Seven Soldiers storyline.
Nocenti’s new gig means that she’ll be leaving the monthly Catwoman series, with Valentine—writer of Mechanique, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club and essay collection Geek Wisdom—taking over as the character discovers a surprising family legacy as the result of events in the weekly series Batman Eternal.
“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,” the writer told io9 about her plans for Selina Kyle, promising that “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.” Gerry Brown, late of Marvel’s Iron Patriot, provides art for the series.
Both Klarion No. 1 and Catwoman No. 35 (the first issue of Valentine and Brown’s run) will be released in October.