Monday, November 12, 2007

Judd Winick On Titans East


Newsarama reports: "Next week actually sees the start of the ball rolling which will eventually result in the classic Marv Wolfman/George Perez Teen Titans (Nightwing, Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, Cyborg, Donna Troy, and (former Kid) Flash) coming back together in a new Titans ongoing series, written by Judd Winick, with art by Ian Churchill. That series will launch in early 2008."

Newsarama: First off Judd - the upcoming Titans, as neither you nor DC has made any bones about hiding, follows up from this month’s Teen Titans East Special. Draw the line a little bit connecting the two…given the respective teams in the books, it feels as if there’s a strong possibility that the “Titans East” didn’t work out, and the original members felt it was their place to come back…or something like that…

Judd Winick: Or something like that…[laughs]. I guess the best way to put it is that the Special is the first chapter. The discussion came out of the idea that we originally wanted to bring back the original Teen Titans from the Marv Wolfman/George Perez days. We like the team, it’s a classic combination that works, and all of us were really, really interested in putting them back together. Dan would go from convention to convention and at virtually every panel, someone would ask if him if DC was going to launch a Titans East book, and the fans would go wild.

So in the back of Dan’s mind, that was where it started – if we were going to do “Titans East,” we should do the Wolfman/Perez team. Not some combination of new folks, but the originals. So from there, we came to the idea of making a “Titans East” project a first chapter, something that leads – somehow – to the creation/reunion of the original New Teen Titans characters. And it all gelled. That’s why there was a very brief fake-out where we showed the cover to Titans East, which got us the response of “What the hell is this?” from the fans who were asking for a Titans East team book. We expected that reaction, and we got it. So we had our fun.

The Teen Titans East one shot deals with these characters who are not very well known, which, for me was sort of a nod to some of the real big misfires of the ‘80s and ‘90s, when they would put together some of the worst teams imaginable under the biggest banners. I think everyone who’s been a DC fan for the past 20 years has had a “This is the Justice League?” moment. So that’s where it all began, and that was the idea behind it – this would be the first chapter of a larger story that was going to bring the original team back together.

Read the whole interview here.

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10 Comments:

  • At 3:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Judd Winick is a weasel, and I can't stand him.

     
  • At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "The Teen Titans East one shot deals with these characters who are not very well known, which, for me was sort of a nod to some of the real big misfires of the ‘80s and ‘90s, when they would put together some of the worst teams imaginable under the biggest banners."

    Bad ideas under big banners? What, he means like Identity Crisis? Infinite Crisis? 52? Countdown?


    The 90s were bad times at DC Comics. Yes, they were, no doubt. Current DC Comics, under Didio, are *worse*. Much worse. And things go further down the toilet with each big event. Final Crisis will probably be better known as "Darkseid kills a whole bunch of people."

    I have the feeling that this lineup will tank for the same reasons the mostly-classic Titans lineup under Devin Grayson tanked, and for essentially the same reasons.

     
  • At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Phil Watts, Jr. said…

    Yay. More dead Titans. More blood. More exit wounds. More bodies littering the floor.

    It's funny how all those people continue to talk about how horrible 90's comics are, and yet, here they are using the same exact tactics.

    Hypocrites.

     
  • At 7:55 AM, Blogger MetFanMac said…

    Here's my predictions: Power Boy dies, Hawk or Dove dies, Lagoon Boy dies, the unnamed chick or Kid Vulcan dies. And somebody gets raped.
    I effing hate Judd Winick.

     
  • At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Mikey said…

    Wow. Am I the only cat here who actualy LIKES Judd Wikick's work? I think this series is gonna be great, man! I loved his run on Green Arrow and I really liked the wedding issue, too. I just don't really see what's so bad about this guy. I also aggree with his thoughts on 'contemporizing' characters. Alot of these guys would be very boring if not for that. If you ask me for an example of bad writing, well that would be the guys that were writing the first half of Bart's run as the Flash. That was aweful. Probably some of the worst stuff I've read. And Frank Miller's All-Star Batman. That's borderline disturbing. But Winink's okay. I don't really see the aweful stuff you guys are talking about.

     
  • At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Phil Watts jr said: "It's funny how all those people continue to talk about how horrible 90's comics are, and yet, here they are using the same exact tactics.

    Hypocrites."


    Quoted for freaking truth!

     
  • At 1:29 PM, Blogger MetFanMac said…

    Well, all of my "expectations" were surpassed:








    SPOILERS










    The ENTIRE Titans East squad dies, except for Cyborg, who is disassembled.

     
  • At 12:13 AM, Anonymous Mike Lepp said…

    Excuse me sir, but nowhere in there did it say that they ALL died. The only obvious death was (spoiler) Power Boy who I don't think shall be missed, especially by Supergirl. So, don't jump the gun there. No way are all of these guys dead. Still can't belive I'm the only one defending Winick here!

    Now, aside from the ENDING...that little opening scene with the originals was great! The only thing I haven't and will never ever get used to is seeing Dick Grayson in those shorts. Maybe it's cause I grew up in the nineties with Tim as Robin with pants. And Joker finding his darkest fears hillarious was great! I can't wait until this series REALLY starts. Too bad it's been delayed.

     
  • At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Remember that issue of Eclipso (#13) where all those good characters got killed in a bad story? Yeah, this is just like that.

     
  • At 1:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Winick didn't even know that Dove was the older sister, not Hawk. Not to mention giving some of the characters the wrong hair colors, and having them say things they'd never say. Just putting whatever words in their mouth he needed to push his retarded storyline forward. That pretty much sums up what a total hack writer he is.

    When someone writes characters they neither love or even known anything about. They make themself look like a total idiot. He clearly has no respect for other creators characters. And no respect for teenagers in general.

    Who has teen super-heroes have underage sex with someone they neither know or love? Winick

    Who kills underage teenagers is brutal and grusome ways for stupid plot purposes? Winick

    Winick is one sick and twisted guy. Do gotta give him that. But I won't be buying any more comics from DC Comics til he and the current group of bad story writers and editors are gone.

     

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