Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Writer Talks DEATHSTROKE & the 'Dark' TITANS

Titans actually gets a lot darker this spring as a team of villains led by Deathstroke take over the title with the brand new creative team of Eric Wallace and Fabrizio Fiorentino. Beginning with the Titans: Villains for Hire Special then spilling into the Titans, the storyline sees characters like Cheshire and Tattooed Man join Deathstroke to form a new team that will be the focus of the title during DC's Brightest Day event.

Newsarama spoke to Wallace about his take on Deathstroke and what brings these characters together for his upcoming run on Titans.

Nrama: What's the motivation for this new Titans team, and how do they start coming together? Is it all Deathstroke's doing, or is there more involved?

Wallace: This team is all Deathstroke’s doing. He’s the mastermind behind it and he, alone, directs their movements. As for their motivations, the title of the book says it all:Titans: Villains for Hire. I mean, they’re villains. And, well... they’re for hire. Having said that, this book is going to be about much more than just the action-oriented missions with which they become involved. It’s also going to be very much about their personal lives and (gasp!) loves. That was something that DC was very keen on, and I totally agreed with that direction.

Nrama: You say they're villains. Will the whole team be villains?

Wallace: Uh... that’s a question I can’t really answer at this time. Sorry!

Nrama: Then let's talk about Deathstroke. What's your take on who this character is?

Wallace: I love Deathstroke because he’s such a huge mass of contradictions. He’s a supreme DCU villain. A total bad guy who, as we’ve seen in the past and will continue to see in this series, is capable of some truly horrific things. He’s also very proud and a bit pompous, as well as being one of the most dangerous men on the planet.

But then there’s the other side to Deathstroke. He’s a parent who loves his children. Yes, he has a funny way of showing it sometimes. But he truly cares about Joseph and Rose. Also, he has a real code of honor that crops up at the strangest of times. So in Deathstroke you have a guy who is both bad and good. The question is, which trait is going to surface in a given situation? It’s this complex combination of good and evil inside Deathstroke that makes him an enjoyable character to write, because he’s all about the “grays,” not the black and whites.

I have to say, I'm not sold on this new direction, although I do applaud a more complex "grey" Deathstroke. But then, I'm also wondering why the heck the team would be called "Titans."

Also, why, exactly was TITANS even relaunched? The book has been directionless since the start!


  • At 10:16 PM, Blogger EoRaptor said…

    Can't tell if this is a writer trying to make a mark, or a case of classic CYA when they know they're on death watch on a book?

    hard to get those cues out of a well groomed interview :(

    Deathstroke and the villainous titans obviously just plays more to the blood lust of Didio's DC, no matter what you think of Slade Wilson as a character (and I've heard equal voices from the hardened villain camp and the conflicted warrior camp). And of course, now we get Cheshire mourning/angsting her daughter.

    Titans was relaunched just to sell titles to fans of the big titan names, which it failed to do. and since DC just killed like a dozen books last year, they're leery of axing another even if its dead on the table. Frankly, I'd have been happier to keep nightwing and blue beetle and axe Titans.

  • At 10:22 PM, Blogger Thomas said…

    If the new team takes its cue from J.T. Krul's massive attempt to coalesce the Wolfman and DiDio versions into something consistent, there might be a lil' sliver of hope...but somehow I doubt it.

  • At 11:02 PM, Blogger D-Man said…

    From the way this sounds, I'm not interested in this AT ALL. Stupid decision, DC. This is so far from my fondness for the Titans, it's not even funny.

  • At 3:50 AM, Blogger MetFanMac said…

    "Nrama: There have been a lot of villain teams before, including the current Secret Six ongoing. How is this one unique?

    Wallace: They didn’t have Deathstroke! We do."

    Lamest. Evasion. Ever.

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  • At 5:46 AM, Anonymous Red Robin 3.0 said…

    3 to 1 odds, Deathstroke lacks any depth and "grey" in this story as promised and all his motivation becomes convoluted and confusing. Sorry, but that's what happens most times when we're promised a character with depth.

    This isn't even a Titans book. It's a villain book. The Titans are a group of heroes who are the next generation of the JLA. Not a group of villains wanting money for their services.

    The only reason they named it Titans was in order to give it a recognizable name and to trick people into reading it. It's shameless.

  • At 8:47 AM, Blogger Thomas said…

    Yeag,'s pretty much DC's version of the Thunderbolts revamp of a few years, where Marvel suddenly replaced the 'bad-guys-gone-good' team with....well, Super-Villain Fight Club.

    And something tells me that DiDio forgot what happened with that revamp.

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  • At 7:57 PM, Anonymous TheMsMeep said…

    Despite the general gloom and doom expectations, I think the whole idea sounds pretty interesting. I don't approve of calling them Titans though; as others have said, they are not the Titans, and calling them that is an attempt to pull readers in with a recognizable title.


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