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As part of the second month of Convergence, there are previews for DC’s June issues. Last week we were given a preview of Aquaman #41, including the appearance of a Titan who hasn’t been in a comic for nearly six years.
Sources say yes, that’s exactly who it looks to be.
Via Mancave: http://mancave.cbslocal.com/2015/04/30/arsenal-takes-his-shot-in-convergence-the-titans-2/#.VUKwmpcOAnM.twitter
Next week the second Titans issue comes out on May 06th, 2015. The battle with the Titans and the Extremists continue.
In wanting to do more for Titans Tower following the release of “Convergence” and the return of the pre-Flashpoint and pre-Crisis Titans, I took the initiative to contact a few of the creators working on the Titans-related books and asked if they’d be up for answering some questions. This is the first of three interviews I’ve conducted with Bill Walko providing editing and proofreading on the questions I wanted to send.
I contacted Fabian Nicieza (Nightwing, Red Robin, Legion Lost), the author on “Convergence: Titans,” via twitter about answering a few questions for those of us curious about what is happening in the Titans volume. The premise of the miniseries sees Donna Troy, Starfire, and Arsenal teaming up to battle Lord Havok and the Extremists for the sake of pre-Flashpoint Gotham, but that becomes “extremely” difficult when Dreamslayer reveals his wild card: Lian Harper. If Arsenal takes down his friends, he gets his daughter back. Yikes.
Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Fabian. Were you approached by DC Comics to write this miniseries, or did you ask them specifically about working on this title?
I had originally been in discussions to work on a different series, but Dan Didio wanted to talk to me about TITANS. Our conversation led to his offering me SUPERBOY and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA during the same conversation, so, that was a good phone call as far as I was concerned.
What is the main conflict of this story centered around?
The Convergence concept pits characters from two different cities against each other in a battle for ultimate survival, but that’s just the physical conflict. For the TITANS, the moral conflict was how far ROY HARPER would be willing to go to save LIAN.
The antagonists of this tale are Lord Havok and the Extremists. They’re ersatz versions of a few Marvel villains from an old Justice League story. They’ve shown up sporadically over the last twenty years, and their most prominent appearance to date was in a Countdown miniseries that introduced revamped versions of the villains in question. Was there any particular reason they were chosen to fight the Titans for this story?
We had a lot of available characters to choose from. I think I was assigned the EXTREMISTS, and that was fine with me because I wanted the TITANS to oppose characters they had no real chance to defeat. The EXTREMISTS are SO powerful that it helped make ROY’s conflict even more potent.
The Convergence event seems like a nice opportunity for creators to resolve certain storylines that never received proper endings. What are you hoping to resolve with the Titans via this entry in the Convergence line-up?
I think the goal all along for this series, the reason I took the job and one Dan agreed with wholeheartedly, was to help redeem ROY HARPER for a lot of negative crap that had been done to him during the CRY FOR JUSTICE time frame.
You’ve said in other interviews that you’ve been hoping to fix the “unfair and nasty things” done to Roy Harper and his daughter Lian. What would you say to Titans fans who share this sentiment?
Enjoy the series. :)
Some time has passed since Arsenal’s time with Deathstroke’s Titans team. He seems more comfortable with himself, even establishing a group home called Lian’s Place? As a writer, how did you fill in some of those blanks?
Well, don’t forget, the characters were all plucked by Tellos from different points of time, so “this” version of ROY might not have gone as far down into the sewer of DEATHSTROKE’s TITANS as he did in the mainstream DCU.
Readers have gleaned from solicits that an aspect of this story revolves around Roy’s relationship with his daughter Lian. What are your thoughts about that relationship?
I think it’s been a bit of a burdensome complication to the character in many ways, while in other ways it has served to humanize him more than many of his contemporary characters. The fun here was to think how far would a father go to bring his daughter back?
This next question is about Lian Harper. Even though the character hasn’t appeared in the Nu52, she did appear in Young Justice and fans have been clamoring for her return. What do you think about Lian as a character, and what can you tell us about her role in all of this?
Well, I don’t think that much about the character, I mean she’s a little kid who has mostly been used as a prop or a pawn in most stories! She’s used that way here, too, I’m sorry to say, but in the dialogue they had together, I tried to inject a comfort level that shows how much they mean to each other.
The other two Titans fighting alongside Roy are Donna Troy and Starfire. Donna was last seen as a member of the JLA and seemed to be going through some issues of her own, while Starfire was in outer space with the R.E.B.E.L.S.. Somehow they ended up in Gotham alongside Roy and a few other heroes and villains when the dome appeared. What have Donna and Kory been up to since the JLA and R.E.B.E.L.S.?
Again, we didn’t worry so much about a specific month or issue # the characters were “plucked from” as much as a general timeframe. As we saw in the first issue, since the dome went up and they lost their powers, they’ve been living a pretty low-key and relaxed life.
Is there any awkwardness between Roy and Donna considering in their last meeting back in Titans Annual #1 the two were on opposing teams? Not to mention that Roy was… less than cordial to Donna back in “Rise of Arsenal.” How have things been between them?
No, as you saw in the first issue, those matters are not pertinent to the general story being told, so we decided not to worry about too much continuity-specific baggage.
Any plans for Jericho to make an appearance? The last Titans volume ended with the possibility of Arsenal and Jericho forming a new Titans team, so some fans are wondering if Jericho ended up in Gotham when the dome came down.
No, sorry. It’s only two issues long and I didn’t want to glut the story. You will see a welcome addition of a couple more TITANS in #2 but I’ll save the surprise for when the issue comes out.
Are any other Titans going to be appearing in the second issue? Nightwing, Wally West, and a couple of other Titans have appeared in the pre-Flashpoint Convergence books, so is there a possibility they’ll be appearing alongside Roy, Donna, and Kory?
Asked and sort of answered! Hope you check out TITANS #2 and find out!
Ron Wagner (The 99, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Supergirl) is one of three creators I contacted about answering some questions about the Titans-related “Convergence” titles. Ron is the penciller for “Convergence: Titans” and also “Convergence: Green Lantern Parallax,” although the questions in this article are related mainly to the Titans book.
As a quick recap, Convergence: Titans focuses on a reunion between Arsenal, Troia, and Starfire after being trapped in the domed pre-Flashpoint Gotham City for a year. Then the dome comes down. Then Lord Havok and the Extremists show up. Then we get a VERY unexpected arrival on the scene.
Did you approach DC about working on the Convergence titles, or did they ask you about working on them?
Marie Javins, the Editor of the Convergence titles, approached me. I worked with her years ago on Daredevil at Marvel and I worked with her doing the 99.
What are your thoughts about the Convergence event as a whole?
Seems like a fun way to use a bunch of characters that no one is doing anything with.
How does it feel to be working with not one, but two currently defunct eras of DC’s continuity?
I didn’t realize I was working on two defunct eras of DC’s continuity.
The premise of “Convergence: Titans” is that it will be a Titans Reunion while at the same time focusing on Roy Harper’s redemption and the possible return of his daughter Lian. Care to share some thoughts about the story as well the artistic work you’ve done for the title?
Ol’Roy deserves a break don’t you think? The poor guy has been through some tough times. I really don’t want to give anything away. As far as the art side goes, I have had a lot of fun drawing this story.
Any particular scenes you’re especially fond of?
I seem to be getting characters with the Convergence books that have some issues. I enjoyed the scenes were Roy has to decide between things and I like the challenge of conveying that to the reader.
Considering Fabian Nicieza has referred to the “unfair and nasty things” done to Arsenal’s character before Flashpoint, have you had the chance to stop and read about some of those aforementioned unfair things to prepare yourself for working on the book?
I’ve read things but it was all very “cliff notes” versions of things. I do have to do some research on the characters to know what’s going on with them.
As a comic creator and as a fan, can you tell us a little bit about any past experience you may have had with the Titans Mythos and what those experiences were like? Any Titan you may be fond of?
I have not had a chance to draw the Titans before. I don’t really have a fav Titan…okay, Donna Troy.
The solicits have already listed Donna Troy, Starfire, Arsenal, and Lian Harper as making appearances in the miniseries, but the readers are also wondering if any other pre-Flashpoint Titans will be featured in the book.
Cyborg and Beast Boy. Are they pre-Flashpoint?
The main villains of the Titans book are the original versions of Lord Havok and the Extremists, who some fans will remember as being DC’s pastiches of Doctor Doom and a few other Marvel villains. Why were they, in particular, chosen as the villains to oppose the Titans?
I have no idea. I was not part of that decision process.
Via Comic Book Resources: http://www.comicbookresources.com/comic-previews/convergence-new-teen-titans-1-dc-comics-2015
Oh dear, this is a little behind schedule, isn’t it?
Well, regardless, here’s a sneak peek at Marv Wolfman’s return to the Pre-Crisis Titans, accompanied by pencils created by Nicola Scott whom some shall remember as the last artist to work on the Teen Titans before the DCnU and the co-creator of Solstice.
Wonder Girl, Nightwing, Starfire, Changeling, Cyborg, Jericho, and Kole have been trying to keep the peace in Gotham despite several internal issues they’ve been dealing with, such as Donna Troy being separated from her new husband Terry Long. And then the Tangent Comics Doom Patrol shows up.
Courtesy of Newsarama: http://www.newsarama.com/24032-tale-of-two-worlds-convergence-titans-1-astro-city-22-previews.html
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.
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.
ew.com 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 (Fringe, I 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).”
New solicits are out— and looks who’s on Earth-16!
THE MULTIVERSITY: THE JUST #1
Written by GRANT MORRISON
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
Art by TONY S. DANIEL and SANDU FLOREA
Cover 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!
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:
Written by WILL PFEIFER
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!
Be sure to check this title out on Wednesday.
Bleeding Cool has tracked down all the details and spoilers!
Check them out here!
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.
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!
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:
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?