Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Gray & Palmiotti on Terra


It's been two years since first word came of DC Comics' all-new "Terra" series, featuring a heroine that is definitely not the traitorous teen from Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s famed Teen Titans story "The Judas Contract," but definitely is connected to the legendary turncoat in unknown ways.

While the long wait for the character who saw guest appearances back in "Supergirl" #12 and "World War III" runs the risk of turning away fans burned by advanced buzz, co-writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti (“Jonah Hex”) aren't making excuses but rather promises as to the four-issue Amanda Connor-illustrated series' creative successes when it finally debuts in November.

[...] "The challenge has always been to find a way to connect this Terra to the previous and with a few twists I think we’ve done that," said Gray. "You can’t stick too heavily with existing mythology when creating someone new because that lessens them as a character. Terra needs to stand out as her own girl and she does that. "

And as readers who saw the new Terra's debut in Gray & Palmiotti’s "Supergirl" solo shot, the teen rock slinger has a notably sunnier outlook than her predecessor and many other modern heroes. The tone comes with a purpose and a challenge. "We wanted her to stand in opposition of the existing anti-hero mold and especially from Tara Markov in terms of personality and drive," Gray noted, with his partner adding, "It’s easy to do dark characters all the time and get into that rut, so when we approached the idea of a new Terra, we wanted to go back to the seemingly old fashioned values of classic superheroes and update them at the same time.

Read the whole article here.

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