DC Does Diversity Right With ‘The Signal’

The Signal - DC Comics News

While Marvel continues to race or gender bend all of their core characters and causing their own sales to drop (according to Marvel’s own VP of Sales, David Gabriel), DC Comics and Scott Snyder are taking a different approach to diversity. Rather than turning their back on the existing fan base by eliminating or replacing beloved characters, they are showing everyone how diversity is done correctly by introducing a new and exciting character.

Duke Thomas was first introduced to audiences in Batman #21 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. He then went on to become the main character in the series We Are Robin.

Duke Thomas - DC Comics News

Even though he was in a title called We Are Robin, Batman saw something special in the teenage boy and rather then make Thomas yet another Robin, Batman decided to try something different. Thomas has been working with Batman, most recently in the new Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting, but until now he didn’t have a secret identity or call sign.

The Signal - DC Comics News

Going forward Duke Thomas will be known as The Signal and following the events of Dark Days: The Culling will appear in Batman and the Signal, a three-part miniseries with an updated version of his costume, co-written by Scott Snyder and newcomer Tony Patrick. Tony Patrick was recently discovered in DC’s New Talent Development Workshop program and Snyder said that Patrick was an obvious choice to help write the series:

“He works with kids in Brooklyn, at a center not unlike the center in the series.” And “He was really passionate about the character.”

Other comic book publishers should pay close attention to The Signal and how he has slowly been introduced to audiences. While Miles Morales can never truly become Spiderman and will always be referred to as ‘Miles Morales Spiderman’ the Signal is, as Batman saw, something different. He’s not another Batman, Robin, Nightwing or even Batwing. The Signal can become iconic in his own right and I’m excited to see what they do with this character.

Batman and the Signal - DC Comics News

 

BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1

Written by Scott Snyder and Tony Patrick • Art and cover by Cully Hamner • Variant cover by Declan Shalvey

Batman may own the night, but with new villains emerging during the day he needs an ally to defend the city when he can’t. Only one teen is up to the challenge, Duke Thomas. After months of training, he’s ready to step out of the shadow of the bat to become his own kind of hero. Meet Gotham City’s newest protector: The Signal! Spinning out of adventures in ALL-STAR BATMAN and WE ARE ROBIN, comics superstar Scott Snyder and newcomer Tony Patrick take our young hero to new heights in this exciting miniseries with artwork by Cully Hamner.

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Cameron Tevis

Hi, I'm Cameron Tevis and I've been a comic book, anime and film fan my entire life. While I like Marvel and anime my true love is DC Comics. My father, who was a fan himself, introduced me at a very young age to the amazing characters in DC (especially Hal Jordan Green Lantern). I think it's a fantastic time to be a comic book fan and I'm happy I get to write about the company that I love so much. Besides being a DC fan, I am a designer and I recently started a comic book series of my own called Event Cycle 6 published through Aporian Comics. I recently wrote and directed a short film "The Misadventures of Harley Quinn". And most importantly I am now a father to my beautiful daughter Arya Jade!
  • Ray Felix

    I spoke to DC legal and I asked them to please change the design because it is imitating my character, Black Power which has been in print since 2008. I’m thankful that they changed it, but some aspects still looks very close to the character. As a Batman fan I am disappointed that DC Comics feels its okay rip off my independent comic, instead of offering me a job or buying me out. Sad. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a9cc6a9071aeaaabe59b145f9e6a7089835c521f47722e3ea0fb9bf8524be7eb.jpg

    • Cameron Tevis

      Hm. If that is real that is really interesting. If true have you considered legal action. And where can I see some of your stuff?