Friday, September 18, 2009

Why Phil Jimenez Is A Genius

Just flipping through TITANS COMPANION 2 and came across his interview...

TTC: What did you think of [Donna Troy's] debut as Wonder Woman in “One Year Later”?

PJ: Not the direction I would have gone with that character, because, again, I don't believe any of those original Titans should ever become their mentors for the very basic reason that all that suggests is that you must become your parents. One of the things I loved about the Titans in their adult incarnations... Nightwing, Arsenal, Tempest, Troia... was that they were not that.

They took the best aspects of their older mentors, plus whatever else they learned, and then spun them into new identities that were linked to, but not lesser than, their mentors’ identities. That's the beauty of a character like Nightwing, is that he's not Batman, nor should he ever be Batman. He's something else.

So I think Donna as Wonder Woman doesn't actually make a lot of sense for that character, and I think it sort of backsteps her, because all you're gonna do is beat her up to show the world how amazing Diana Prince is. You know, you could never have a Donna Troy that's a better Wonder Woman than Diana, so you're immediately setting her up for failure.

TTC: What do you think about Arsenal becoming Red Arrow, then?

PJ: Same thing. I'm not a fan of it. I think it's actually a step back for that character, and not a step forward. The beautiful thing about Arsenal, I think, is that he's an incredibly unique character with ties to Green Arrow that is not following in his father's footsteps. I'm not very keen on Red Arrow.

One addendum from me: I do think that the "graduation" premise worked very well for Wally, especially upon Barry's death. Of course, now that's undone as well.


  • At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Finally, somebody realizing that it's not cool to try to force the Fab Five to become their mentors.

    Like the title said - Phil Jimenez is a genius.

  • At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I *heart* Phil Jiminez!

  • At 2:44 PM, Anonymous USS_Titans said…

    Thats what I loved about Phil Jimenez. He foreseen the same inheritent problems DC and Marvel goes through when they try to replace their Icon character with a different one, Batman, Captain America, Flash, etc...Richard Grayson can never be a perfect Batman like Bruce Wayne, Both Bart and Walley can never be a perfect Flash. DC set them up for a failure. And when the real Bruce Wayne come back to life....What are they going to do with Grayson. The same thing they did with Bart and West. Castrated them to a unmeaningful death then realized that the fan want them back. The Titans were never a second banana to the JLA. You ask an X-Men fan if they are a second banana to the Avengers and you know what their reaction would be. Sending the majority of the Titans to the JLA is not going to increase the Titan's monthly subscription, but it will be it's nail on the coffin for that title. Give the book a consistant Creative Writer and Artist will give it a better endurance life. From a true Titans fan, I wont buy any JLA book because I am a Titans fan and always will be. Telling the Titans fan thats this move of the Titans to the JLA is an upgrade, a Graduation of some sort is a spit in the face to all the Titans Loyal fan base.
    Titans Forever.

  • At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    For the most part I agree, though on a short term basis having them fill in is OK. Which I am hopping is the case with this JLA. Interesting story then put the Titans back in Titans!

    Roy as Red Arow or Arsenal, I like the Red Arrow uniform MUCH better than anything of the Arsenal days, other than that pick a name and stick to it.

    Now what about Wally as Flash?

    ~ Rick

  • At 4:05 PM, Blogger thedanofsteel said…

    Nicely said Phil - I felt bad for Donna and Roy, moving into their new identities. Donna has been one of the key DCU characters for me, and to convolute her history for really no real reason, was wrong.

    I'm hoping not only that she's the one who realises the colder - less family - difference between the League and Titans, and starts the idea of getting the team back, but I also hope when Bruce returns he doesn't take back the mantle but rather Dick gives it to him in favour of casting his own shadow again as Nightwing.


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