Friday, January 15, 2010

Wolfman Plays "Teen Titans: Games"


OMG, I think it's really happening this time.

Originally conceived in the mid-eighties, the 120-page project, GAMES, has been announced and delayed several times over the past 25 years, but it appears that the superstars (and Starfire) have aligned and Wolfman and Pérez will be returning to the Teen Titans and revisiting the team at a time where their popularity was paramount
. At CBR, Wolfman talks about the long-delayed TITANS graphic novel, GAMES:

Continuity-wise, where does this story fit in?

It was plotted in '87, so it fits into the 1987 look of the Titans. Nightwing is in that costume, Danny Chase is in it. The costumes and the look of characters certainly fit there. Because I didn't dialogue it back then, I just plotted it, I'm not writing it in that very purple style that was prevalent back in the eighties. It's a lot more sparse copy, though there is a lot of it because you do have a book with so many characters and they're all talking, but I've certainly learned how to tell a story with fewer words that say more. But in terms of the material, the story is not changing all that much, but there will be some big surprises if people managed over the past 22 years to find a copy of the original plot, which was circulating online for a little bit.

It's all the regular Titans, obviously because the story was plotted back then. It's Troia, in that costume, Nightwing, Cyborg, Changeling, Danny Chase, Jericho, Starfire, and a number of others, but they're all there. This isn't a big surprise. What this really is, is the uncovered story that had been done at the height of the Titans. And except for the actual dialoguing, that's exactly what it is. Because, as I said, George drew 80 of the pages back then. One of the interesting things about the graphic novel itself is, in the old days – old days, I'm sorry – back in 1985 or ‘86 or '87, as in today where original artwork was 10x15. George drew this double-sized up. So when you look at it, I'm looking at a page right now on my computer, and the backgrounds are so incredible because he wasn't drawing them to the very tiny size that original art was much later. So George is really having a field day with his artwork. I always felt while he was drawing it that this was going to be very special for him. He was going to take his time and do it right. And when you see it, you'll understand what I mean, but the pages are probably the best looking "Titans" pages that ever happened between us.

Below is the promotional artwork from George Pérez. Gorgeous. And I love that he included Aqualad, Speedy and Flash in the Gamesmaster's playing cards....

6 Comments:

  • At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It´s this amazing or what?

     
  • At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    SWEET!

    It's great to get a new story from the classic run, before the dark (Jaaska) days or when hacks like Devin Grayson and Judd Winick ruined the characters. I almost don't mind the Chase kid back.

    Can't wait!

    ~ Rick

     
  • At 12:32 PM, Blogger EoRaptor said…

    Hmmmm, so we have a couple of people intimately familiar with the characters at the apex of their powers, a promise not to slip into "twilight" style exposition and purple prose, and some very decent preview art (even if it is dick in the disco suit)

    this could either be exactly the kick in the ass DC needs to see what real writing is an what both casual and hard core fans like... or it could be a bloated trip into yesteryear with two who may or may not be past their prime and out of touch.

    I am definitely hoping for the former, because if anyone can show the schlubs at DC what they're doing wrong, it's people who were doing it right in the first place. But I'm also remaining realistic. this could very easily be the second star wars trilogy here; long pined for and dreamed of, and ultimately a disappointment.

     
  • At 3:19 PM, Blogger thedanofsteel said…

    I have my fingers crossed for this one. How can you not? From the chess board background it looks like all the main Titans will be back, with the greatest Titans Team.

    This will be great.

     
  • At 9:44 PM, Blogger D-Man said…

    I'm extremely happy to hear this! It seems like the project will get released this time. Please let nothing undermine this!

     
  • At 5:27 AM, Anonymous USS_Titans said…

    I am hoping after the initial release of this 'Titans: The Games' in Graphic Novel version, DC will re-release it in the special Collector's Edition with Signatures hardbound ala JLA/Avengers and Crisis on Infinite Earths. I am specially fond of this because I did happened to graced a copy version of this beauty myself. Its a whopper of a masterpiece by Perez and I believe its even better drawn than his current art style ala Three Legions mini-series. Its just ashame that DC didn't go for the gusto and have Alex Ross painted every panel of the 'Titans: The Games'. Now that would be a Grail of a dream book for this Fan-Boy.

     

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