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Convergence: Titans #1 Preview

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in commentary, Featured Articles, Monitor Room, news and interviews, previews | 0 comments

Courtesy of Newsarama:

This issue, entitled “Try For Justice,” begins with picking up where Roy left off after the end of Villains for Hire. Not with a new Titans team, but stuck in Gotham City thanks to Brainiac’s dome.

Roy seems to legitimately be doing better than when we last saw him. He doesn’t blame himself for Lian’s death anymore, which he shouldn’t have done anyway, and he actually has a new prosthetic arm instead of the terrible one Cyborg made him. Thanks to a grant from the Wayne Foundation, Roy opened a center for the displaced families of Gotham. The people who were trapped inside Gotham even though they didn’t live there, and it seems to be doing a lot of good.

The center is called Lian’s Place.

We haven’t seen Lian yet and it appears she hasn’t been revived just yet. We do get another quick recap of Roy’s life, and it looks as though Roy is still having nightmares about her death.

I really hope we’re able to get a happy ending from this story. I really do.

Titans in “Convergence”

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Featured Articles, Monitor Room, previews, solicits | 1 comment

In about a week DC is about to start it’s next event book, Convergence, a two-month long saga focusing on the return of several defunct eras in DC’s history.

The basic premise of the series is that Brainiac, the infamous information-hungry alien mastermind known for destroying worlds after stealing and shrinking whole cities for his insane collection, has gained access into the timeline of DC’s Multiverse. And as such, he’s collected somewhere between 40 to 50 different cities from past versions of the DCU. The Pre-Flashpoint DCU, Pre-Zero Hour, Pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths, Earth-2, Earth-4, Earth-S, Earth-X, the 31st Century, the Red Son Universe, Kingdom Come, the Red Rain Universe, Earth-C, Qward, DC One Million, and many more. The cities are housed in domed structures, and as an experiment, Brainiac is planning on letting the heroes and villains loose on one another to see what happens.

This event ties in to the New 52: Future’s End and Earth-2: World’s End books, and DC is promising a new status quo will begin in June alongside their formally dropping the “New 52″ banner after what feels like an eternity. There will be a main Convergence title starting at #0 on April 1st, 2015, and a number of two issue books spanning April and May 2015.

The initial premise of DC doing this series is mainly because they’re moving their offices to the West Coast, and while Convergence is happening, all the main DC books will be on hiatus. So this series is mostly going to be a breather. But this also gives some writers a chance to establish what they consider to be “closure” on certain storylines that never received proper endings. I put quotation marks around “closure” because, when it comes to comic books, closure is something that doesn’t really exist. Characters die and they do stories as “proper goodbyes” only to be brought back years later. But some of the creative teams on the books featured under Convergence are either trying to rectify some glaring issues or follow up on storylines that were originally dropped.

Fabian Nicieza and Ron Wagner are working on “Convergence: Titans,” which focuses on the reunion of pre-Flashpoint Donna Troy and Starfire with Roy Harper and… Lian Harper? Fabian has discussed in online interviews that he specifically wishes to undo the “nasty and unfair things” done to Roy by Cry for Justice and the books which followed after it. Roy will be seeking redemption, and it seems Lian has been brought back to life, but the Titans Family Reunion is interrupted by Lord Havok and the Extremists.

Marv Wolfman is working with Nicola Scott to revisit the Pre-Crisis Titans in “Convergence: New Teen Titans,” with Wolfman promising to revisit the dropped storyline of Kole and Jericho’s budding romance while the Titans battle the Tangent Comics version of the Doom Patrol. And all the while we get Discowing drawn by Nicola Scott.

Gail Simone gets reunited with Oracle, and with Jan Duursema, they plan to give Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson of the pre-Flashpoint Gotham will have another chance at a relationship and a happy ending in “Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle.”

Wally West is Flash again in “Convergence: Speed Force,” and he’s alongside his twin children Iris and Jai West while they look for the missing Linda Park. Brought to you by Tony Bedard and Tom Grummett.

An all female Justice League containing Supergirl and Jesse Quick in “Convergence: Justice League” will battle the Flashpoint version of Aquaman when he crashes Jesse’ baby shower hoping to abduct Mera. This one’s written by Frank Tieri and drawn by Vicente Cifuentes.

Tom Peyer and Steve Yeowell are reuniting Ray Palmer and Ryan Choi in “Convergence: The Atom,” and also features the two giving Deathstroke his just desserts for what happened in ‘Villains for Hire.’

Batman and Damian Wayne have a rather… tense reunion with Red Hood via Ron Marz and Denys Cowan’s “Convergence: Batman and Robin.”

Stephanie Brown returns as Batgirl alongside Cassandra Cain as Blackbat and Tim Drake as Red Robin in “Convergence: Batgirl,” by Alisa Kwitney and Rick Leonardi, and the trio must also deal with the Catman and Gorilla Grodd of the Flashpoint Universe.

In a Pre-Zero Hour dome, a powerless Kyle Rayner meets an imprisoned Hal Jordan, formerly called Parallax, in “Convergence: Green Lantern” by Tony Bedard and Ron Wagner.

In “Convergence: Superboy,” a pre-Zero Hour, but not pre-leather jacket, Superboy, deals with a crisis of confidence that is not improved by the appearance of the Kingdom Come Superman. Another title by Fabian Nicieza but with Karl Moline on art.

She was one of the strangest Maids of Might, and now Matrix is back in “Convergence: Supergirl,” alongside her ex-boyfriend Lex Luthor, Lady Quark, and… Ambush Bug? Featuring Keith Giffen on writing and Tim Green II on art.

Tom Mandrake returns to the Suicide Squad with Frank Tieri providing the writing, and it looks as if the Kingdom Come Titans and Teen Titans will face the Squad in “Convergence: Suicide Squad.” (Note: This cover is for the second issue)

Also appearing are the Earth-S and Earth-2 versions of Captain Marvel Jr. and Speedy. CM Jr will be with the Marvel Family in “Convergence: Shazam,” where they encounter the Gotham By Gaslight heroes, while Speedy and Green Arrow are with the original Seven Soldiers of Victory fighting against Qward in “Convergence: World’s Finest,” by Paul Levitz, Joe Rubinstein, and Jim Fern.

So let’s see…

Wally is Flash again, Kole and Jericho get another shot at love, someone remembered Matrix, Jesse is having her baby, and someone is FINALLY doing something about the mess they made of the Harpers and Ryan Choi.

If only Tempest were involved.

But hey, you can’t have everything.

Titans May Be Coming To TV

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Monitor Room, news and interviews, Theater | 5 comments reports the news. This could be really, really good….. or really, really bad. Casting will be EVERYTHING!

“DC Comics is looking to team with TNT for a young super friends live-action series. The cable network is nearing a deal for a Titans pilot, which will star Batman’s sidekick Dick Grayson leading a fledgling band of DC heroes.

In the pilot, Grayson “emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new Super Heroes including Starfire, Raven and many others. Titans is a dramatic adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book titles ever.”

Fans remember the Cartoon Network and The WB aired a Teen Titans animated series from 2003-06 with the same characters. Now the premise is being resurrected, ditching the “teen” label and taking a more grown-up approach.

Akiva Goldsman (FringeI Am Legend) is the writer/executive producer, with Warner Horizon Television producing. If greenlit to series, Titans will add to the DC Comics primetime TV surge, along with The CW’s Arrow and upcoming Flash spin-off, plus the fall dramas Gotham on Fox and Constantine on NBC (so yes, first DC will give us Gotham City without Batman on Fox, and then we might get Robin without Batman on TNT).”

Donna Troy Returns

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 0 comments

Kind of.

New solicits are out— and looks who’s on Earth-16!

Art and cover by BEN OLIVER
1:10 B&W Variant cover by BEN OLIVER
1:25 Variant cover by EDUARDO RISSO
1:50 Variant cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
1:100 Variant cover by GRANT MORRISON
On sale OCTOBER 15 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with five covers. Please see the order form for details.
The next chapter of the greatest adventure in DC’s history is here!
When they last collaborated, Grant Morrison joined artist Ben Oliver (LOBO, BATMAN/SUPERMAN) for the acclaimed ACTION COMICS #0. For their next team-up, the two superstars take a spin around the self-obsessed Earth-16 – a.k.a. Earth-Me!
With all of the world’s threats having been handled long ago by their parents, the next generation of supers – including Chris Kent, Damien Wayne, Alexis Luthor, Offspring, Megamorpho, Donna Troy and more – find themselves labeled as superstars more often than super heroes. But with that fame comes complacency, and when a massive threat unlike anything they’ve ever seen surfaces, this pampered crew finds themselves in way over their head. What secret is Damien keeping from Chris that could tear the world’s finest friends apart? Who is the mysterious killer lurking behind the scenes among these spoiled super-children? And what chance do they stand against the monstrous villain that’s murdering its way cross the Multiverse? All that and more in this exciting stand-alone issue which also acts as chapter three of the MULTIVERSITY saga. Join us, if your dare, for THE MULTIVERSITY!

Deathstroke is also getting his own series. again.

Written by TONY S. DANIEL
1:25 Variant cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
On sale OCTOBER 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
The DCU’s deadliest assassin stars in his own ongoing series by writer/artist Tony S. Daniel! See him as never before in this explosive new series, with one surprise after another as we see Slade Wilson in the fight of his life!

Teen Titans #1 Preview

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Monitor Room, previews | 0 comments

Fresh from the end of the last New 52 Teen Titans run in Teen Titans Annual #3, the new team of Teen Titans with the new team on the title debut this week. Will Pfeifer from Aquaman and H-E-R-O joins the New 52 with a familiar New 52 artist Kenneth Rocafort.  The team consists of Tim Drake who has recently been getting more comic time thanks the Batman Eternal and The New 52 Future’s End weekly title, Wonder Girl, Beast Boy, Raven, and Bunker to start with more to come.

The sneak peek gave a profile like art for each member:


The preview from AV Club gives the title a good start with some energy hints how this title will restart:

Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
BATMAN 75 variant cover
1:25 Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Raven, Bunker and Beast Boy step out of the shadows of the adult heroes of the DC Universe to offer bold, exciting and sometime dangerous ideas on how to protect a world full of superpowered teenagers – any one of whom could be the next heroic figure or major villain!
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Be sure to check this title out on Wednesday.

Future Of The New Wally West

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Monitor Room, news and interviews, previews | 1 comment

Bleeding Cool has tracked down all the details and spoilers!

Check them out here!


New Series Stars Super Spy GRAYSON

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 0 comments

USA Today has the scoop on Dick Grayson espionage-tinged future:

“Dick Grayson is trading his superhero suit for secret-agent cool.

Batman’s former sidekick embarks on a new life as an undercover superspy in the comic bookGrayson, an action-adventure series premiering July 2 from DC Comics. It’s written by Tim Seeley(Revival) and Tom King, a former CIA counterterrorism operations officer.

After a career of being overshadowed by his cape-and-cowled father figure, this is a chance for Grayson “to take off the mask and step out on his own in a world where he’s not simply being another hero like the hero he grew up with,” King says.”

Read the full article here.

Teen Titans #1 Cover Controversy

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in commentary, Monitor Room, news and interviews | 0 comments

CBR writer Janelle Asselin breaks down the Anatomy of a Bad Cover:

“Artist Kenneth Rocafort is not completely to blame for the fact that the new “Teen Titans” #1 cover is terrible, although he is obviously partially responsible. A really talented artist, I think Rocafort has the potential to draw comics I want to read. The color on this cover is gorgeous. His faces are wonderful. But beyond those positive aspects, there’s just too much wrong.

Let’s start with the elephant in the room: Wonder Girl’s rack. Perhaps I’m alone in having an issue with an underaged teen girl being drawn with breasts the size of her head (seriously, line that stuff up, each breast is the same size as her face) popping out of her top. Anatomy-wise, there are other issues — her thigh is bigger around than her waist, for one — but let’s be real. The worst part of this image, by far, are her breasts. The problem is not that she’s a teen girl with large breasts, because those certainly exist. The main problem is that this is not the natural chest of a large-breasted woman. Those are implants. On a teenaged superheroine. Natural breasts don’t have that round shape (sorry, boys).”

read the whole article here!

New Suicide Squad Features Titans Favs

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 0 comments

Newsarama reports: “A day after announcing a new Teen Titans #1 with a new creative team to launch in July 2014, DC Comics today announced that Suicide Squad will also get a July relaunch, under the title New Suicide Squad from Sean Ryan and Jeremy Roberts.

The new series features a revamped lineup, with the cover showing Joker’s Daughter (she seriously needs a different name to refer to her as), Deathstroke, and Black Manta all standing behind the kneeling and chained up Harley Quinn, Amanda Waller, and Deadshot.”

Here’s the image:


Will Pfeifer and Kenneth Rocafort Bring Us New Teen Titans

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 0 comments

Newsarama reports: “The current Teen Titans comic may be ending later this month, but the title won’t be gone for long.

In July, writer Will Pfeifer and artist Kenneth Rocafort will relaunch Teen Titans with a new #1 — and a team that includes Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Raven, Bunker, and Beast Boy. According to DC, the new team’s members will offer “bold, exciting and sometimes dangerous ideas” on how to protect a world full of superpowered teens.

Teen Titans last relaunched with a new #1 issue in September 2011, as part of the New 52 reboot. While that relaunch completely changed the heroes of the Titans, this new series will carry on the continuity that’s already established — but will bring a new direction and approach to the young heroes and their mission.”


Nrama: When we talked about Red Hood and the Outlaws, you mentioned wanting to bring “fun” to that title. Do you have the same goal for Teen Titans?

Pfeifer: Oh yeah. Even more so, in fact.

The fact that these characters are actual teens (and we’re going to be writing them like actual teens, too) opens up a whole world of possibilities.

I mentioned before how they’re going to screw things up from time to time, and though that has some serious implications, it’s also a way to put some genuine comedy into the book.

Plus, the Titans haven’t been heroes for too long, which means they’re not burned out or jaded by the (insane) pressures of the superheroic life. They’re actually having fun themselves – well, sometimes – and I want that to come across in the comic.

Nrama: You mention humor, but the description from DC says the Teen Titans will offer “bold, exciting and sometimes dangerous ideas” on how to protect a world full of super powered teens that could either be heroes or villains. First off, are the Teen Titans mainly dealing with teen threats?

Pfeifer: The Titans aren’t strictly dealing with teen threats, but as the DCU’s resident young heroes, they seem to attract the attention of other young people with powers who are trying to figure out what to do with them.

Some of those young people will choose the heroic path, inspired by the Titans. Others will head down a darker path, looking to use their powers for less than heroic ideals.

Either way, they’re going to meet up with the Titans.

Read the full interview here.

I’m a big fan of Rocafort, so we know the book will look pretty. And Will  Pfeifer has done some solid stuff in the past. What do we think of the new creative team, Titanic Ones?

Ravager Targets ARROW

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 1 comment

Thanks to PunkdImages and for the news….

Judging from some photos from the set of ARROW, it looks like Rose Wilson aka Ravager is going to appear…


It’s obviously Summer Glau, who joined the case this season as the mysterious Isabel Rochev. In the series, her connection to Manu Bennett’s Deathstroke has not been made clear.


This will mark the first live action appearance of the character.


Teen Titans: Earth One

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 0 comments

Comic Book Resources reports: Set in continuity-free universes which reimagine the DC Universe’s major players, the “Earth One” original, stand-alone graphic novels are produced by the biggest names in the industry. Today, at Emerald City Comic Con, during the publisher’s Retailer Roadshow, “Teen Titans: Earth One,” Volume 1 was announced. Written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated, colored and inked by Terry and Rachel Dodson, the publisher’s latest OGN arrives in stores on November 19.


 Which Teen Titans are we going to see in your “Earth One” OGN?

To be honest, that was one of the hardest things to decide when I got the gig, for a couple of reasons. There have been different iterations over the years. There is the sidekick version with Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, Robin and Aqualad. And there’s the Wolfman/Pérez version, with unique characters like Starfire and Cyborg. These books have no continuity, so they’re not linked to the other “Earth One” books. They’re not linked to “Superman: Earth One” or “Batman: Earth One” yet. Without a Batman or a Wonder Woman, there can’t really be a Robin or a Wonder Girl, yet. I couldn’t really use those characters unless I introduced the adult versions of those characters.

What I really decided to do was take unique characters that would be free of all that, so I embraced the Wolfman/Pérez era I loved so much — the roster is Cyborg, Changeling, Starfire, Raven and Jericho.

From the outside looking in, Cyborg is probably the most recognizable character on the team. I’ve always been fascinated by the character. He just seemed like such a tragic character, and you know I love tragedy. [Laughs] He’s a kid that’s been overtaken by a machine — that’s just such a great emotional hook. I knew that I could really work with that. In a lot of ways, he was an easy character to write because I knew his story and his drive. Some of the other characters were a bit more difficult to figure out, what motivated them and what their arc was going to be but Cyborg was pretty clear cut and I think I have done it in a way that is true to who he always was but it’s a new take on the man-machine thing too. And I hope, a little bit unexpected.

Changeling or Beast Boy — or whichever name he was given at the time — was always a great entry point for readers as a kid because he always seemed the youngest. And in a lot of ways, he was the most relatable. I’ve really gone with that here. He’s a bit younger than the other characters in the book, a bit more immature. That’s where he starts — he ends up somewhere else, but I don’t want to spoil anything.

I will not discuss Starfire, because there is a lot of mystery all around her and I can’t say anything without spoiling a whole bunch of the book. I will have to leave that one open for now.

I always loved Raven. In a lot of ways, she was my favorite character in the Wolfman/Pérez stuff. She’s a tragic story. She’s the daughter of a demon and she’s being pulled to the dark side, constantly. I didn’t go that route with her in my version. It’s a really fresh take on Raven, actually. It’s very different than the DCU version. But I still love the character.

Raven and Starfire are really key to the plot of the first volume. I can’t talk too much without spilling stuff, but, like Starfire, there is a lot of mystery surrounding Raven that will all be revealed as the story evolves.

Not going to lie to you. The last member, Jericho, is a bit of a surprise. You want to talk tragic — he’s certainly had his ups and downs!

I don’t mean to be elusive, but it’s tough without revealing big plot points. Jericho has always been someone that I really liked in the Wolfman/Pérez stuff. His power set is really cool, and I loved his link to Deathstroke — we’ll just leave that as a hint.

See the full interview here!

Top 10 Titans Romances: Dick & Kory

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in commentary | 1 comment

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ll be counting down the greatest Titans love stories all day long!

1. Dick Grayson (Robin/Nightwing) and Starfire

It started with a (now-classic) kiss in the pages of New Teen Titans #2 [1980]. In an attempt to learn English, Starfire absorbed the language by planting a wet one on the Boy Wonder. Initially denying his feelings, Robin realized how much he loved Starfire when her life was threatened by Blackfire during an outer-space adventure ( New Teen Titans #23-25, New Teen Titans Annual #1 [1982]). In the heat of the battle, Robin’s burgeoning feelings for Starfire became obvious. The couple proved a perfect match, as Starfire’s uninhibited personality offered a fitting contrast to Robin’s cool demeanor.

The pair remained a solid couple, even as Dick grappled with his own identity issues. Eventually finding his own path as Nightwing, his relationship with Starfire deepened. But the couple faced their greatest challenge when Starfire was forced into an arranged marriage to quell a Tamaranean civil uprising. While Starfire saw this as a marriage of state, Dick felt betrayed and left his alien love on Tamaran (New Teen Titans (second series) #15-18 [1986]). Stafire eventually returned to earth, and reconciled with Dick once he learned she did not take the traditional Tamaranean wedding vows (New Teen Titans (second series) #39 [1988]).

The Titans were soon shaken to the core when the evil Wildebeest Society launched a savage Titans Hunt. As tensions grew, the shape-shifter Mirage even kidnapped and impersonated Starfire, causing strain in her relationship with Nightwing. Impulsively, Dick proposed marriage to the tempestuous Tamaranean, desperately hoping to mend their relationship. The two almost wed, but the ceremony was interrupted by Raven, now reborn as an evil avatar of her father, Trigon (New Titans #99-100 [1993]). Starfire was implanted with a demon “seed” by Raven, which caused her to leave Earth and go on a spiritual journey (New Titans #114 [1994] and Showcase ’94 #11 [1994]). Thus, the long-standing relationship of Nightwing and Starfire was at an end, with neither party acquiring much closure.

Starfire found brief happiness in a marriage to the binary-powered alien known as Ph’yzzon (New Titans #127-130 [1995]). But after Ph’yzzon died while trying to protect New Tamaran from the Sun Eater (Final Night Preview [1996]), Starfire found herself single again. Reunited with Nightwing in JLA/Titans #1-3 [1998], the pair agreed to be good friends. Starfire joined the newly reformed Titans for a time, before finally returning to her people in Titans #17-19 [2000]. In Titans #19, Starfire and Nightwing finally say goodbye in a poignant scene that puts a cap on their relationship.

Starfire and Nightwing became allies again on several teams, including the Outsiders [2004], the Titans [2008] and the JLA [2010]. Although they have succumbed to old passions more than once, the pair have decided to remain good friends above all else.

The classic Robin-Starfire was extremely popular in its time, and for good reason. Like any good romance in fiction, the relationship led to character growth for both parties. Both challenged each other, as Kory learned to act less impulsively while Dick opened up emotionally. It was a thrill to discover the different sides of these characters as their love deepened.

Romantic Reads:
New Teen Titans [1980] #2, 16, 23-26, Annual #1, 39
New Teen Titans [1984] #15-18, 39, 99-100, 114
JLA/Titans #1-3 [1998]
Titans [2000] #17-19

Top 10 Titans Romances: Donna & Roy

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in commentary | 0 comments

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ll be counting down the greatest Titans love stories all day long!

2. Donna Troy (Wonder Girl/Troia) and Roy Harper (Speedy/Arsenal)

“They don’t call me Speedy for nothin’, doll,” quipped the boy boyman, as he angled a team-up with Wonder Girl on his first mission as a full-time member (Teen Titans #19 [1967]). By issue’s end, Speedy had scored “a date with the Wonder Chick,” too. Their relationship was likely a casual one, as Speedy later put the moves on Wonder Girl’s roommate, Sharon Tracy. As a matter of fact, the Speedy-Wonder Girl relationship was not touched on for the duration of this era (up until Teen Titans #43 [1973], wherein the book went on hiatus).

The details of their disastrous first date were later detailed in the charmingly heart-breaking Teen Titans: Year One #5 [2008]. What started as a romantic evening quickly went South when the Arrowcar was stolen by Ding Dong Daddy.

The Speedy-Wonder Girl romance resumed when the book returned from hiatus, with Teen Titans #44 [1976]. The teen Amazon gave Speedy an amorous greeting, “That’s okay, lover, as long as you’re back now.” Once again, aside from the occasional “lover” and a couple of jealous outbursts from Speedy, their romance remained frustratingly off-panel. The series was canceled with Teen Titans #53, and when it relaunched with New Teen Titans #1 [1980], it became obvious that the Speedy-Wonder Girl relationship was no more.

The two adventurers rekindled their relationship years later, in the pages of Titans #1-25 [1999]. Donna Troy’s memories had been mystically restored, leaving the  Amazon to question her own identity. Testing her own boundaries, Donna (now Troia) entered into a wild affair with Roy Harper (now Arsenal), as seen in the pages of Titans #9. Once fully restored in Titans #25, Donna gently broke off the relationship to a very-understanding Roy. The two still share a very deep and loving connection, even as their relationship remains platonic.

Romantic Reads:
Teen Titans [1967] #19
Teen Titans [1976] #44
Teen Titans: Year One [2008] #5
Titans [1999] #6, 9, 23-25

Top 10 Titans Romances: Cassie & Conner

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in commentary | 0 comments

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ll be counting down the greatest Titans love stories all day long!

3. Cassie Sandsmark (Wonder Girl) and Conner Kent (Superboy)

It was love at first super-sight for Wonder Girl. Upon joining Young Justice, Cassie Sandsmark was instantly smitten with Supeboy (Young Justice #4 [1999]). The cocky Teen of Steel remained unmoved by Cassie’s affections. Cassie matured as a member of the team, finally ditching her geeky wig and goggles for a more fashionable ensemble. The gawky adventurer also emerged as a more capable heroine, even assuming the role of team leader. Superboy finally realized he had fallen in love with Wonder Girl, and declared his feeling in Young Justice #55 [2003], culminating in a long-deserved kiss.

The super teens’ romantic relationship continued in the pages of Teen Titans [2003], despite Wonder Woman’s initial disproval (TT #6) and Superboy’s Luthor-initiated rampage (TT #24-35). And when the Infinite Crisis threatened all of existence, Cassie and Conner consummated their relationship  (Teen Titans (third series) Annual #1 [2006]). Heartbreak followed, as Superboy seemingly gave his life in Infinite Crisis #6-7, dying in the arms of Wonder Girl.

A mourning Wonder Girl became obsessed with bringing Superboy back, and became involved with the corrupt “Cult of Conner” (52w2, 52w4, 52w11-12). Eventually rejoining the Teen Titans, Cassie found comfort in the arms of Tim Drake. The pair dated for a short time, while the Legion of Super-Heroes used 31st century super-science to revive Superboy (Legion of 3 Worlds #4-5 [2009]). After defeating Superboy-Prime, Conner returned to his proper time and reunited with an elated Wonder Girl.

The interesting thing about their love story is that’s the inverse of a typical comic book romance. Usually, it’s the dorky guy trying to win the affections of an out-of-his-league beauty. Here, it was geeky Cassie who eventually won the heart of her hunky hero.

Romantic Reads:
Young Justice [1999] #4, 6, 55
Teen Titans [2003] #6, 24-25, Annual #1
Infinite Crisis [2005] #6-7
Legion of 3 Worlds [2009] #5