Is the Devil Neza the Big Bad in the Lazarus Planet event?

Today at New York Comic Con, DC Comics announced a new event for 2023 dubbed Planet Lazarus (which you can read all about here!), on Thursday during the publisher’s multiverse exploration panel.

And while there were relatively few new or additional details about the event other than what was in their official online announcement, there was a group of story-telling creators in several different corners of the DCU to talk about their work. However, the only thing that came out was that Devil Nehza – a character who debuted recently Mark Wade And the Dan Mora series of Batman / Superman: the best in the world, He might be involved in (or even central!) a Lazarus Planet event.

In fact, DC Executive Editor Ben Abernathy Pause on an upcoming cover of Monkey Prince featuring the villain.

“Oh, there’s a Niza again,” said Abernathy. “Impressive. We’ve seen him in a few titles now. Very exciting.”

Nizha has already moved from reappearing Batman / Superman: the best in the world, to be in Batman vs. Robin #1 (Reveals part of the epic last page) … Now you’ll enter The monkey prince. With Waid writing both of the first comics and also showing the Lazarus Planet event (which also includes the Monkey Prince), the overall impression is that Devil Nehza is the big bad here, and also that work on these two Waid-penned comics is fast making its way to the center of the common superhero universe of DC Comics.

Abernathy also added, “This is going to be a very impressive series for 2023 in the DC baseline and beyond. This is a must for DC fans, I guarantee it.”

Planet Lazarus
Ben Abernathy (left in red) says that the demon Neza may be a villain to watch out for at Lazarus Planet.

Well, that’s my big share of being in the room at the board – watch out for the Devil Nehza (if your daring reporter on the panel ever took a shot of monkey prince #11 The cover featured the character battling the Devil’s Ride…but unfortunately.)

Other than that, the committee also included writers Stephanie Williams And the Matthew Rosenberg So are the artists Dan Moura and Bernard ChangAnd the Mahmoud Asrar All of them have some interesting things to add about the current list of DC businesses.

Here are some quotes I wrote down…

Williams had a lot of interesting thoughts to share about Nubia, a character she has been writing for a year and will be writing for a while to come. It was this quote that I emphasized though…

“I hope when you pick this up you say the fit looks like it could rip the runway…or it could rip someone’s throat. Either or.”

very Wonderful. Artist Dan Mora also praised the work he was doing. Mora is one of the best artists in DC (in my humble opinion) due to his excellent serialized storytelling as well as his character designs, many of which have appeared in DC future state. Among the character designs, Mora said this…

“Character designs are one of my passions. They are something I do just for fun. I really like the classic feel of old fashion and I change a few little things to feel more modern, but I don’t do it often. I just change little things.”

Finally, I thought one of the most interesting parts of the painting was the artist Bernard Chang Talking about his work on Monkey Prince with the writer Jin Luen Yang. Monkey Prince is the invention of the new duo, which is basically an extrapolation of tradition from the classic Chinese story, Journey to the West.

Chang said that as a child, he would go to the pharmacy with his mother, and read entire rows of American superhero comics. When his father realized this interest, he wanted to introduce him to an original Chinese superhero, and this superhero was the Monkey King from Journey to the Westthe father of the character Monkey Prince Chan would grow up to create for DC Comics.

Just a very cool story. Chang added…

“When Jessica Chen, my editor, called me about working on aN mods for Monkey King – it was an instant yes…it’s great to finally have the opportunity to not only paint the things I was so passionate about and used to dream about as a kid , but to tell new stories as well.”

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