Friday, January 25, 2008

Dan Didio on Editing Teen Titans

Newsarama has just posted an interview with Dan Didio on Teen Titans.

Yesterday, we spoke with Teen Titans writer Sean McKeever about the series, the team, and the upcoming threat of the Terror Titans. McKeever also mentioned that, so far, things are going swimmingly with the series’ new editor – a guy named Dan DiDio, who also happens to be Senior VP-Executive Editor of the DC Universe.

NRAMA: From your point of view, in terms of your story and guiding the book, how does a new series running in parallel impact what you’re doing?

DD: It doesn’t impact us at all. That particular book will have its own style, tone and characters. The good part about the Teen Titans book is that we have a series of characters in here that only appear here, as I mentioned. Nothing against the Titans book, but Nighwing has his own series, Starfire is appearing in a miniseries now, Cyborg and Raven will also have their own miniseries shortly. Everybody there is seen in other places. Not that it lessens that book any, but that’s not what we’ve got with Teen Titans. If you want to see this version of the Titans with, say, Ravager and Miss Martian, this is where you’ve got to be.

NRAMA: Okay – to take a look at the big picture Mr. editor – what does a Teen Titans story have to have in it to make it a good “Teen Titans” story?

DD: What we’re really trying to do right now, actually is try to establish every character in their own right, and figure out what role they serve,. Not only in regards to the team, but also in regards to the greater superhero community. What is the purpose of the Teen Titans versus any other team? This book and team should really have a different point of view and tonality.

Read the full interview here.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Who Are The Terror Titans?

Sean McKeever provides some answers at Newsarama:

NRAMA: You said that they have a new, refocused outlook. Can you tell us anything about what that is?

SM: It's not so much a new outlook, but more of a focusing of what the Teen Titans are about. It's more than just being teen superheroes and it's more than just hanging out on the weekends. There's a greater civic purpose, and we'll get into that in issue #55.

NRAMA: What can you tell us about this storyline?

SM: Issue #55 is a prelude for what's to come. And what's to come is a new version of Clock King, who is in charge of a new team of teen legacy villains called the Terror Titans. And what follows after issue #55 is the Terror Titans taking it to the Teen Titans.

Read it all here!

Titans in April

Newsarama has all the April 2008 Solicits!


Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Ian Churchill & Norm Rapmund
Variant cover by Ethan Van Sciver
A new team of Titans is born in the extra-sized first issue of a new ongoing monthly by Judd Winick (GREEN LANTERN, GREEN ARROW, OUTSIDERS), Ian Churchill & Norm Rapmund (SUPERGIRL, TEEN TITANS EAST SPECIAL)! Someone or something is continuing its attack on anyone who's ever been a Titan, including Nightwing, Starfire, Donna Troy, Beast Boy and Raven. You won't want to miss this new startling chapter in Titans history that may forge a new team from the ashes of old, dead friends.

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Ian Churchill & Norm Rapmund), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Ethan Van Sciver). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale April 9 • 40 pg, FC, $3.50 US

Written by Sean McKeever
Cover by Barrows
Art by Eddy Barrows & Jimmy Palmiotti
Welcome to the mind of M’gann M’orzz, Miss Martian! It’s bad enough when the world you live in is alien to you, but when you have something inside you clawing to get out and destroying everything you stand for, that’s at least a little bit worse, right? Also: more of Clock King’s malefic machinations!
On sale April 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Amy Wolfram
Art and cover by Karl Kerschl & Serge LaPointe
Continuing the exploration of the Teen Titans’ origins! Kid Flash has wanted to be in the spotlight and be the leader, and now with Robin on a mission for Batman, Wally West has his chance. Poor Teen Titans. They might not survive!
On sale April 30 • 4 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Marv Wolfman
Art and cover by Damion Scott & Robert Campanella
After facing Trigon you’d think Raven could face any threat, but nothing has prepared her for high school cliques and bowling!
Plus: The power of the Medusa mask begins causing even deadlier teenage angst.
On sale April 2 • 2 of 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Don Kramer & Christian Alamy
Cover by Rags Morales & Michael Bair
In an attempt to stop Dr. Kendall’s mad experiments with the dead, Nightwing and Robin head to a remote island hideaway to confront the doctor and his fiendish creations once and for all. The only obstacle in their way: The League of Assassins!
On sale April 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

ROBIN #173
Written by Chuck Dixon
Art by Chris Batista & Cam Smith
Cover by Freddie Williams II
Girl trouble doesn’t even begin to describe Robin’s situation when he finds himself caught between Violet and Spoiler! Meanwhile, the Peguin’s net is getting tighter, and all three of them might find themselves sleeping with the fishes…if another supermafioso on the scene doesn’t get to them first!
On sale April 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Tom Peyer
Art and cover by Freddie Williams II
“Fast Money” continues! Wally West’s family and allies take sides as he weighs an opportunity to profit from his powers at the risk of the precious Flash legacy. Meanwhile, the increasingly powerful media-villain Spin molds intangible mass anxiety into solid unstoppable force against the Flash!
On sale April 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Jai Nitz
Art by Mike Norton & Trevor Scott
Cover by Zach Howard
A special extra-sized Spanish-language issue, with the English script as bonus material! Blue Beetle takes Traci 13 to his family reunion, and having your girlfriend meet your family can be tough, especially when she's the only guest who doesn't speak Spanish! To make matters worse, two people have uncovered Jaime's secret identity — and one of them is the Parasite!
On sale April 30 • 40 pg, FC, $3.50 US

Story by Paul Dini
Story consulting by Keith Giffen
4 script by Adam Beechen; art by Carlos Magno & Rodney Ramos
3 script by Sean McKeever; art by Ron Lim & Mark McKenna
2 script by Sean McKeever; art by Jesus Saiz & Jimmy Palmiotti
1 script by Paul Dini; art by Scott Kolins
Covers by Adam Kubert
The Great Disaster has occurred, and all hell breaks loose as all the storylines in COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS come to a climax, threatening Darkseid and Jimmy Olsen and Mary Marvel and the future of their Earth!
COUNTDOWN 4 on sale April 2
COUNTDOWN 3 on sale April 9
COUNTDOWN 2 on sale April 16
COUNTDOWN 1 on sale April 23
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Art Baltazar & Franco
Art and cover by Baltazar & Franco
More zany Tiny Titans adventures! Alfred lets the boys spend an afternoon in the Batcave, a high-spirited debate occurs when the Tiny Titans try to figure out the difference between a superhero and a sidekick, Show and Tell day at Sidekick Elementary has hilarious results, and see how Beast Boy tackles science class. This plus even more fun as the Tiny Titans virtually leap off the pages!
On sale April 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by J. Torres
Art by Ethen Beavers
Cover by Todd Nauck
The Teen Titans visit Paradise Island for some fun and games, but someone who wants to take down Wonder Girl is about to put a wrinkle in their plans! Meanwhile, the villiainous Trident has plans of his own for the Amazons and their friends!
On sale April 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by Arnold Drake
Art and cover by Bruno Premiani
In the final volume in the DOOM PATROL series, featuring issues #114-121, the team battles the Mutant Master, the Galactic Gladiator, the Black Vulture, and more before meeting one of the strangest ends any super-team has ever experienced!
Advance-solicited; on sale June 25 • 208 pg, FC, $49.99 US

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Teen Titans: Year One Flip Out

The adorbale TEEN TITANS YEAR ONE #1 featured Wonder Girl's first trip to the big city! There, she sees a billboard of the Flips! Remember them?

no? Well here's the original story of the Flips.

I love that Karl Kerschl remembered them!

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Teen Titans: Year One (Old School)

I loved the first issue of Teen Titans: Year One. If you haven't checked it out, there's some previous scans here at scans daily:

The 5-page preview

and Robin Making a Shocking Discovery (spoilers to #1)

What shocked me is how many fans aren't familiar with the Teen Titans origin story! How did they all gather together? It was detailed in a case file in TEEN TITANS #53 [1978]. This issue told the flashback how the group first gathered... and revealed Speedy was a founding meember after all! (one of the very first ret-cons, kiddies...)

Once you see the original story, you'll see how closely TEEN TITANS: YEAR ONE #1 aligns with that tale -

Check out the Original Year One story here! (30 year old spoilers within...)

I urge everyone to run out and buy TEEN TITANS: YEAR ONE #1! It's full of the awesome and the creative team has outdone themselves! The art alone will blow you away.

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Glen Murakami on Ben 10

Teen Titans Producer Glen Murakami is working on Cartoon Network's relaunch of Ben 10. Dwayne McDuffie reveals to CBR:"I have teamed up with Glen Murakami from the 'Teen Titans' animated series on a re-vamp of 'Ben 10' for Cartoon Network that is set five years in the future from the show that is currently running," explained McDuffie. "It's pretty much unlike anything people have ever seen."

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Teen Titans: Year One Preview

A few more pages from Newsarama to whet our appetite.. what can I say about this mini that I haven't already said? It looks spectacular. And it's out this Friday!

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