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A while back a reader asked me about which female DC characters had the most interesting origins. One of my answers was Katana, Tatsu Yamashiro. I’ve been planning to do a post about her origin and given today’s announcement I thought it was the perfect time.
Katana debuted in comics in the early 80s as part of Batman and the Outsiders. She was created by Mike Barr and Jim Aparo. In the books 11th and 12th issues, the gave the origin of the character.
Here is the story of her origin from the 12th issue.
So the rumors I had heard at NYCC were true! In February DC will be launching a series starring Katana written by Ann Nocenti.
This is only the third ongoing DC Comics title EVER to headline a woman of color so this is indeed good news.
Nocenti moves off of Green Arrow to pick up Katana and Jeff Lemire moves on. Unfortunately it seems this means DC is back to its female writers only writing female led books. Nocenti is also writing Catwoman and Gail Simone writes Batgirl.
Katana, who debuted in the DCU in 1983, seems to be the “hot” female character within DC Entertainment right now after years of being a supporting player. In addition to headlining her own book, she’ll co-star in Geoff Johns’ Justice League of America and be seen in the upcoming “Beware the Batman” animated series. (see more on that here)
DC also announced a new series starring Vibe. And, in what I thought was a joke, 52 Variant covers for the first issue of Justice League of America. Hey, wait Vibe is back? And crazy variants? It IS the 90s again.
The newest Batman animated program, Beware the Batman, is set to debut in 2013. To date there’s has been little shown of the program beyond some promotional stills as seen below and a brief video teaser that debuted this past Spring.
But DC has started promoting the show in their kids’ magazine DC Nation and I have a better look at all the characters after the jump.