Sunday, February 03, 2008

Winick's TITANS: All Growed Up


In April, the New Teen Titans become a new team as DC Comics launches “Titans.” Series writer Judd Winick (“Green Arrow”) says the new book is more about a family than a team. “Part of the premise of the title is that it isn’t a standard ‘team.’ They won’t have meetings or monitor duty,” Judd Winick told CBR News. “These are friends. And because of the decision long ago to let them grow up, these teen side kicks grew up together. They are more of family than most characters in the DCU.

“That being said, they will be getting together to help one another out. As in, Nightwing’s got a case that is getting out of control or Flash is into something that needs more than the fastest man alive, the rest will join them in their fight. That’s family, more than a team.”

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  • At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I really hope I am wrong about this guy and he has a great run, but nothing he has said gets me the least bit interested in the book. OK for an old time, avid fan (geek) like me, just putting the original 5, or the Wolfman Perez era characters together is probably enough, but what about the rest of the readers? Does this guy have such a dedicated fan base that he can write anything and it’s a top seller? Obviously he knows there is a large group of readers not happy with the deaths of popular characters (like Superboy) and the lack of morals displayed by heroes in the DC Universe the last few years. So rather than try and sell us on how great this book is going to be he jokes about “killing Superboy again” and "gratuitous nudity". I know he is attempting humor but I find his tone to be arrogant and cocky!

    The last Titans related story he wrote was Graduation Day and that turned out like Crap!

    Why do an interview if you don’t want to build enthusiasm for the book?

    ~ Rick

  • At 3:27 PM, Blogger Nightwing said…

    I tend to agree. I hope I'm wrong, but Winick's track record with me isn't very good, as a reader. I did enjoy his Green Lantern "Ion" story, but I think that's the only story of his I liked. I wanted so hard to like Outsiders, but I finally had to drop if after a disappointing 2-year chance.

  • At 4:35 PM, Anonymous BIG NUTS said…

    The characters alone make me look foward to this title. I'm willing to give judd a chance, unlike others who are ready to chop his writing hand off.

  • At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Soulshadow said…

    I'm still on the fence about it. On one hand, this is definitely the Titans team I would love to see (though I wouldn't mind seeing Wally get traded for Jericho). On the other hand, Judd is last writer I would like to see on the title. The truly ironic about his "jokes" is his failure to realize the perception he feels fans have about him is based on truth, especially the gratitutious sex he always writes into his books, often at the expense of the character (I would have liked his Green Arrow work more if the way he wrote Dinah hadn't made her the complete opposite of the strong woman Gail Simone portrayed in Birds of Prey). Plus the way he seems to be setting it up seems a little less like the true Titans family of the Wolfman/Perez era and more like a mini-JL (i.e. Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman help each other out but God forbid they hang out on a regular basis when not fighting the bad guys). If anything, reminders of his Outsiders work where he is currently on his THIRD attempt of a viable direction for the title is scaring me away. I want to give the title a shot, but Winick's track record is one hell of an obstacle for me to overcome.


  • At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Putting Winick himself aside for the moment, the Titans Reunion book has been tried before, and it didn't work then, either. The modern comics aping those "horrible 90s" once again....

    The great irony is I'm in favor of the superheroes having sex thing. But the execution has been abysmal. And I don't just mena Winick when I say that.

  • At 7:17 PM, Blogger mcgeemaw said…

    Winick in my opinion didn't become a worthwhile reader until he did the Outsiders and Batman. His work on Green Lantern did not interest me very much.
    And as far as killing characters go, you have to realize:
    1. The DCU is huge and there's getting to be too many characters for writers to keep track of if they want to use one.
    2. Even if one character does get killed off, how many new characters later appear with the old one's codename? There's always going to be a new version of an old character.


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