Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dan Didio: 20 Answers

Newsarama reports: " Time for DC Universe Executive Editor Dan DiDio to answer 20 reader questions, and fire back with one of his own. This time out, we hit the changes in the Batman family, upcoming Red Circle developments, beat the dead horse of re-numbering series, talk some Titans talk, and much more."

Some Titans highlights:

13. Will Adventure Comics launch on its own legs, or will it be pulled into the Superman Family of titles from the get-go?

As a matter of fact, it starts on its own legs. Even though the storyline begins with Superboy’s return, and he’s operating out of the Kent’s home in Smallville, it’s very much his own story, and not something that’s leaning heavily on the current events in Superman and Action Comics.

But, there’s a good chance that those two worlds will converge later down the line.

14. While we’re speaking of Superboy – a reader asked that with Superboy and Kid Flash back, and a new Robin taking up the role, might we see a return to a “Big 7” style Teen Titans soon – possibly one that doesn’t involve someone being brutally murdered every six issues?

Well, yes and no, then (laughs). For Teen Titans, it’s the same as with the Justice League – we’re not just going to jam every book with every character we can just because we think they should be there, or everybody’s asking for them to be there. There was a version of the Teen Titans that ran like that, true, but we’re looking at the cast, the roles they fill, the story potential, where they are in the DC Universe at that moment, and we try to build the best teams that make sense in order to tell the best stories that we can tell. If that involves the “Big 7,” great, if it involved two of the “Big 7” style Titans, that’s great too, but it matters to me that we have the proper mix of characters.

As for the death issue, yeah, it’s always cute when someone makes a reference like that, but from my standpoint, we don’t shy away from any stories that we think are strong, and we’re just not arbitrarily killing characters, either, because we have too many at a given moment. Also, I said this last time, but the post Blackest Night DC Universe is a lot more sensitive to character death and resurrection, and there’s a much keener sensibility in regards to what that’s all about following Blackest Night.

Not "arbitrarily killing character?" Oh, Dan... please.

As far as being "a lot more sensitive to character death and resurrection", the same thing was said following INFINITE CRISIS... and look where we are now.


  • At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dan Didio- Worse EiC EVER!

  • At 7:13 AM, Blogger Tarcísio Aquino said…

    And he says that he is a great fan of Titans...


  • At 8:09 PM, Anonymous Diane Brendan said…

    All I can say is, I will exceedingly angry if they kill off yet another Titan in Blackest Night.

  • At 7:20 AM, Blogger Hellfyre D said…

    Be honest with ya, I expect most of the dead to be restored after Blackest Night ... which will pretty much undue all of CoIE that hasn't been undone yet ...

  • At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Redbird03 said…

    Didio just annoys me sometimes. Everytime I read an interview with him or see him at a convention, he behaves like an arrogant so-and-so, who talks down to his readers like he knows better than the rest of us.

    He seems incapable of admitting when he is wrong, and instead acts like we're wrong for arguing with him.

    He allows for characters to be killed off randomly all the time, and for no other purpose than to replace them with cooler and younger character or for shock value or to bring back old characters that no one is that interested in anymore.

    These stories just feel exceedingly bloody and death driven, simply because of a lack of new ideas.

  • At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Ravenloft said…

    Didio clearly heralds a need for change.


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