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Teen Titans Ends With #30

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 4 comments

Get ready for a New, New, New Teen Titans?

Scott Lobdell announced the end of the current Teen Titans title at Comicvine.com:

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the legion of fans who have been supporting the TEEN TITANS since our very first issue almost two and a half years ago!

Why am I talking about it like its in the past? Because issue #30 and the annual a week later is going to the final issue of the most recent incarnation of the TEEN TITANS!

I’m thrilled the DC is letting me wrap up the story on a high note as the TEEN TITANS square off against the N.O.W.H.E.R.E. in a final battle — bringing to conclusion the conflict that began in the first issue!

I’m certainly going to miss writing the adventures of Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Bunker and the rest of the gang. But as a huge, life long fan of the title I’m very excited about the whispered rumors I’m hearing race back and forth between New York and Burbank. (Trust me when I say we haven’t seen the last of everyone’s favorite teen team adventurers.)”

Check out the post here.

Wally West Debuts in the New 52

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 1 comment

It’s true!

USA Today broke the news: “Flash alter ego Barry Allen, who plies his trade in the Central City police crime lab when not in his red costume, gets thrown into more procedural adventures when the new creative team of writersRobert Venditti and Van Jensen and artist Brett Booth debut in The Flash No. 30, out April 23.

A week later, they reintroduce Wally West, another guy who’s worn the Flash togs, into the DC Universe in The Flash Annual No. 3″

Here’s the cover to the Annual:

Scott Lobdell vs Marv Wolfman on CBR

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 0 comments

Two veteran comic book writers paired up Saturday evening at the fifth annual Long Beach Comic & Horror Con for a joint panel dubbed “Scott Lobdell vs. Marv Wolfman.”

Lobdell — the current writer of “Teen Titans” for DC Comics — turned to Wolfman for comments on his legendary run on the series, saying that at the time Wolfman introduced the “New Teen Titans’ in 1980, readers weren’t exactly clamoring for new Titans stories. Wolfman explained that he initially came up with a new take on the Teen Titans out of a dissatisfaction with working on team-up books like “Brave and the Bold.” He and artist George Perez at first encountered hesitation from fans for diverging from the original “Teen Titans” roster. Lobdell — who’s written “Teen Titans” through the entire New 52 era — said he could relate.

“As somebody who’s relaunched the Titans, I’ve found a tremendous amount of, ‘It’s not Titans if there’s not…” Lobdell said. His typical response has been, “If you were around when Marv and George were around, you’d be angry.”

Read the full report here!

Rumor Casting: Adam Driver As Nightwing?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 0 comments

The 29 year-old actor is a serious contender to play Batman’s estranged partner Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing (formerly Robin)

“Girls” star Adam Driver has emerged as the frontrunner to play Batman’s crime-fighting partner Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing (formerly Robin), in Zack Snyder’s superhero sequel “Batman vs. Superman,” two individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Warner Bros. had no comment.

Driver boasts a unique look that fits the rumored description of Nightwing — Grayson’s post-Robin alter-ego — as a “young John Hawkes,” as first reported by Latino Review. At 6’3″, Driver could hold his own against 6’4″ Ben Affleck, who will play an older and world-weary Batman.

A source tells TheWrap that at least two other actors may be in the mix to play Grayson, the Caped Crusader’s former sidekick, who’s been estranged from Bruce Wayne for years in the movie, according to Latino Review.

Read the full article here.

What do we think, Titans fans? Should Nightwing be in this movie? Can Driver fill Dick Grayson’s boots?

Are Wally West and Donna Troy Returning?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 0 comments

Newsarama has the story!

This week’s DC All Access has a brief clue that teases the introduction of Wally West, Donna Troy and Stephanie Brown — three characters that haven’t yet been introduced to the company’s rebooted New 52 universe.

The tease occurs during a segment that has Jim Lee and Dan DiDio sitting together in an office in New York, discussing the publishing business’ move to Burbank. While the two are talking about the benefits of working in the same offices, the camera shows a few things from around the room where they’re sitting (presumably DiDio’s office) — a few trades in a shelf, some action figures, and a white board.

On the white board is written:

 

Wally > Flash
Donna > SM/WW
Stephanie > BMW (scratched out) Amazon

It’s an obvious reference to Wally West, Donna Troy and Stephanie Brown. To read Newsarama’s full analysis, click here.

Lobdell on The Death & Lives of Superboy

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 0 comments

Scott Lobdell, the writer who wrote much of Kon’s story over those two years, has revealed that Kon is going to die during this month’s “Krypton Returns.” A new Superboy will take his place — Jon Lane Kent. If it all sounds confusing, just hold onto your seat. Lobdell says the future, villainous Jon Lane Kent will take Superboy’s place without the team even realizing it. And at the same time, the old Superboy (Kon) will be making the ultimate sacrifice in “Krypton Returns.”

Newsarama has the scoop:

Nrama: OK, then let’s talk about what happens to Superboy in “Krypton Returns.” You’ve already revealed some of it…

Lobdell: Superboy, as we all know, dies. But long live Superboy!

OK, that might seem too glib. But I will say that the idea of Superman has had many incarnations since the notion of a younger Superman was introduced. He’s been young Kal-El, he’s been Conner Kent and just plain Kon-El. What was Smallville if not the ongoing adventures of Superboy before he donned his cape? I think the idea behind Superboy can survive and thrive with a continuing evolution of the concept: young Superman, clone of Superman, Son of Superman? Why do we have to stay nailed down to on particular Superboy for decades at a time?

Personally, if it were up to me — and it so rarely is — I’d be just as happy exploring a Superboy who is a young black teenager in England, exposed to raw Kryptonite and given super powers. Why does “Superboy” have to be one thing? Why can’t the idea of Superboy be more open to new ideas, new concepts?

Nrama: But for the last two years, you’ve been telling Kon’s story, both in Superboywhen you were writing it, and in Teen Titans. What were the thoughts behind making Jon Kent into Superboy now?

Lobdell: In the first few pages of Superboy, we introduced Kon in a cloning chamber listed as “02″… so there was always the plan to examine who was “01″ — who was the entity that Superboy was cloned from?

In the previous continuity, that was Superman and Lex Luthor. But aside from the notion that “Good” and “Evil” are somehow locked into a person’s DNA before they are born is rather suspect science (maybe even science fiction)… the idea is with a new Kon necessitated by the new Superman continuity, the idea was to keep the origins of Superboy’s donor a mystery that would unfold over time.

This seemed to be the time to explore those mysteries.

Read the full article here!

Remembering Nick Cardy (1920-2013)

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 1 comment

Legendary artist Nick Cardy has passed away. From innovative cover art to charming Teen Titans tales to the moody Bat Lash, Cardy influenced a generation of artists (and then some). I had the pleasure of meeting the man in person, and he remains one of the sweetest and most gracious creators I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.

Bleeding Cool reported late last night: “Word of Nick Cardy’s worsening health had been circulating all around this weekend as he was placed into hospice care, but we are sad to report that Cardy passed away this evening at the age of 93. Known for his work on Teen Titans and Aquaman among others, Cardy was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall Of Fame in 2005.”

Bleeding Cool has collected some reflections here, and also here.

CBR assembled some of his most memorable covers here. And then posted a tribute to his Teen Titans covers here.

He will be long remembered.

Writer Todd Dezago (Cardy’s close friend and fellow comic pro) posted this:

“Thank you, thank you, thank you–to everyone who replied to the news of Nick’s failing health with kind words and warm wishes, testimonials of love and of the joy he brought to us with his beautiful artwork and wonderful stories.

I read each of your messages to him, each one bringing a smile. But, sadly, Nick’s congestive heart failure and respiratory issues are too far along for the Doctors to treat any further. We have called in Hospice and they are keeping him comfortable and free of any pain. He is sleeping and smiling, dreaming, and gently slipping away.

Thank you all, for your words of comfort and love. Nothing has made him smile more than hearing that he’d brought so much happiness to the world.”

Amen to that.

 

 

Lobdell Announces The Death Of Superboy

Posted by on Oct 20, 2013 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 1 comment

Curious, CBR reports:

During DC Comics’ just-concluded Superman panel at New York Comic Con, writer Scott Lobdell shocked the audience when he announced the upcoming death of Superboy.

“[Superboy makes] the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in order to stop the universe from falling apart,”Lobdell told the crowd, semi-spoiling the ending of the upcoming “Krypton Returns” story arc. From “Superboy” #26 on, the titular star of the comic will be Jon Lane Kent, the original son of Clark and Lois from an alternate future. Lobdell also announced that Supergirl “will be leaving the Superman family forever, for another whole set of books in the DC Universe.”

While Lobdell is known to crack jokes on his convention panels – at last month’s Las Vegas Comics Expo, he deadpanned that he had been fired from “Teen Titans” – the solicitations text for “Superman” #25 support today’s comments.

NYCC ’13 DC Comics is bring back ‘Tiny Titans’

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in animation news, Monitor Room, new york comic-con | 0 comments

With all the news about the new Batman title, DC news, and the Marvel news over the weekend @ New York Comic Con, once bit of news came out that will make fans happy.  The news came out via twitter:

 “Big news out of DC comics and @dandidio1 says so: can you say: Tiny Titans?,” followed by, “Yes! It’s true! New Tiny Titans coming soon!” Although there’s been no official announcement, DC Comics Co-Published Dan DiDio re-tweeted the second message.

 

 

Fans were disappointed when the title came to an end with issue #50 for other titles which some still included the Tiny Titans.  No news yet today and nothing in the January solicits, so keep an eye out for an announcement.

Source: CBR

Tim Drake to be “heavily featured” in Batman Eternal

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Monitor Room, new york comic-con | 0 comments

Revealed over the weekend was a new weekly series called Batman Eternal.  Talk build about the new series as Scott Snyder stated Stephanie Brown would debut in the New 52 in issue #3, and then it was stated that Teen Titans’ own Tim Drake is going to be “heavily featured” in the series as well.

“Tim Drake will be a major character inBatman: Eternal,” writer James Tynion IV said simply when asked at the New 52 panel  at New York Comic Con..

 

 

Ever since the New 52 started, a Red Robin series has been rumored.  Could this weekly series be the jumping point for that series to come true?

 

Source: ComicBook.Com

Titans Related Solicits for January 2014

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Monitor Room, solicits | 0 comments

New year, and more Teen Titans solicits including the Teen Titans still in the future as shown in Forever Evil #2.  Here are the Titans related solicits for January 2014:

JUSTICE LEAGUE #27
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
1:25 SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED variant cover
On sale JANUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! With the Justice League still missing, a barely functional Cyborg will need help if he’s going to take down the Crime Syndicate! To do that, he must find Doctor Will Magnus!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

SUPERBOY #27
Written by MARV WOLFMAN
Art by ANDRES GUINALDO
Cover by RAFA SANDOVAL and NORM RAPMUND
On sale JANUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The son of Superman finds himself trapped with the Teen Titans in a future that may kill all of them.

 

BATMAN/SUPERMAN ANNUAL #1
Written by GREG PAK
Art by JAE LEE, ED BENES and others
Cover by ED BENES
On sale JANUARY 29 • 48 pg, FC, $5.99 US • RATED T
It’s the first meeting of Supergirl and Red Hood, Steel and Supergirl and more as the competing Batman and Superman families must battle for the control of the missing Mongul’s fortress! And at the heart of it, Batman and Superman deal with their grief over their fallen comrades.

 

DAMIAN: SON OF BATMAN #4
Written by ANDY KUBERT
Art and cover by ANDY KUBERT
1:25 Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
1:100 B&W Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT
On sale JANUARY 29 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 4, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
Will the devastating events of Damian Wayne’s life push this troubled hero over the edge and send him straight into the abyss? Find out in the epic finale to this futuristic tale of tragedy!

 

NIGHTWING #27
Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art and cover by WILL CONRAD
1:25 SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED variant cover
On sale JANUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Nightwing’s being visited by an old friend from Gotham — the Mad Hatter! Desperate to protect Chicago, Nightwing’s been forced into an uneasy alliance with the mysterious Marionette. But who’s really pulling the strings?

 

BATMAN AND ROBIN ANNUAL #2
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE
Cover by MIKE McKONE
On sale JANUARY 29 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
A YEAR ONE ADVENTURE OF DICK GRAYSON AS ROBIN! Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson have shared a distinctive crimefighting role: Both have played Batman to a young Robin, so when they discover something important that Damian left behind it leads them to relive one of their first adventures in Gotham City as Batman and Robin!

 

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #27
Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art by NOEL RODRIGUEZ
Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
On sale JANUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Outlaws have their final bloody showdown with Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins!

TEEN TITANS #27
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by TYLER KIRKHAM
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
1:25 SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED variant cover
On sale JANUARY 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The Teen Titans must stop the evil Bart Allen of the future or our timeline is doomed!

 

BATMAN ‘66 #7
Written by JEFF PARKER and TOM PEYER
Art by CHRISTOPHER JONES and DEREC DONOVAN
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale JANUARY 22 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST
Horrors! Bruce Wayne is trying to scam a jewelry store and put the blame on poor Aunt Harriet? Or could it actually be the work of that mysterious master of disguises, False Face? Then, find out how crime really pays when the Clown Prince of Crime tries to downsize his mob in “The Joker’s Layoff Riot.”

 

SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 SPECIAL #4
Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art and cover by CAT STAGGS
On sale JANUARY 29 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Jay Garrick has opened a school for youth with special talents and abilities, to train a promising new generation of Super Heroes. However, things fall apart as a mysterious foe, determined to take down the new Titans team, attacks the San Francisco Pier—pushing these young heroes to their absolute limits.

 

THE RAVAGERS VOL. 2: HEAVENLY DESTRUCTION TP
Written by MICHAEL ALAN NELSON and TONY BEDARD
Art by IG GUARA, DIOGENES NEVES and others
Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale FEBRUARY 5 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
Someone claiming to be Terra’s brother comes to the team in these stories from issues #8-12 and 0. Unfortunately, Deathstroke the Terminator isn’t far behind him. The Ravagers are having serious trust issues already, so a visit from the world’s deadliest assassin won’t help.

 

DEATHSTROKE VOL. 2: LOBO HUNT TP
Written by ROB LIEFELD and JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by ROB LIEFELD, EDUARDO PANSICA and MARIAH BENES
Cover by AARON KUDER
RESOLICIT • On sale FEBRUARY 5 • 296 pg, FC, $19.99 US
For anybody else, hunting Lobo would be suicide. For Deathstroke, it’s just business as usual. But can Slade Wilson handle the power of the intergalactic slaver and last Czarnian? He’ll need some help and he’ll be getting it from Zealot in these stories from DEATHSTROKE #9-20 and 0. Retailers: This title is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.

For the full solicits: Newsarama

Mego’s Teen Titans Return!

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Monitor Room, toys and merchandise | 0 comments

Comic Alliance reports:

Mego‘s storied Worlds Greatest Super Heroes line of the ’70s shaped an action figure era with 8″ articulated plastic dolls adorned with cloth costumes, but there was a special corner of the line reserved for sidekicks standing just 7″ tall. That line? The 1977 Teen Titans series featuring Speedy, Aqualad, Wonder Girl and Kid Flash. Following the release of several waves of Batman Mego reissues, Figures Toy Company is turning its attention to rolling out all four of the previously limited edition dolls in the first quarter of 2014.

[...]

Fans looking to team these teens with a Mego Robin will want to remember that unlike his fellow sidekicks, he stands 8″ tall like his mentor Batman. This stands in contrast to modern versions of the Titans — especially the animated ones — where Dick Grayson is depicted as one of the shorter members of the team, but it may be fun for collectors to see him stand a full head taller than the rest of the heroes.

Like its other DC Mego dolls from Figures Toy Company, the Teen Titans figures will sell for roughly $100 for a set of all four, or $25 separately.

http://figurestoycompany.com/teentitans7inchactionfiguresseriesoneaqualad-1-1-1-1.aspx

 

Smallville’s Titans Debut

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 0 comments

A team of Titans are visiting Smallville this week, as readers of the TV show-turned-comic book learn more about Jay Garrick’s school for the “gifted.”

The school was mentioned in a recent issue of the ongoing digital-first series Smallville: Season 11, the comic written by Bryan Q. Miller that continues the continuity of the Smallvilletelevision show.

Beginning this week, in a four-week digital-first story titledSmallville: Titans, readers will get to see the Smallvilleuniverse’s version of characters like Conner Kent (Superboy), Mia Dearden (Speedy), Jaime Reyes (Blue Beetle) and Zan and Jayna (The Wonder Twins).

[...]

Nrama: What was the motivation for the Titans special?

Miller: Aside from me wanting to play with a version of the Teen Titans? Superboy. We’ve been doing “parallel” stories that are shorter than the main arcs and sort of run along side them, from a narrative standpoint. We had some staggering craziness happening as we transitioned from our previous main Supergirl arc (“Argo”) into our current Wonder Woman arc (“Olympus”) that dictated we start the next side story before ”Olympus” finished. So we had to get a new smaller story started, with someone related to the show but not involved in all the madness in Washington D.C. in the main arc… and since we mentioned that Conner (who we first met in Season 10) was at a school for the “gifted” in San Francisco during“Olympus”… you can see where we’re going.

Nrama: Besides Conner, what other characters will we see in the issue?

Miller: Jaime Reyes! Megan Morse! Mia Dearden! Zan and Jayna Whatever Their Last Names Are! And their mentor/teacher, Jay Garrick! As well as a villain we haven’t met, but who has ties to some bits and pieces of Season 10.

Read the whole interview here!

Marv Wolfman to write Superboy #26 (Crossover with the Teen Titans)

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in baltimore comic-con, Monitor Room, news and interviews, previews | 0 comments

This week, Titans fans will get to read Teen Titans #23.1 Trigon written by Marv Wolfman, however news this weekend that this will not be the only issue of his Teen Titans return.  Bleeding Cool told Friday that Marv Wolfman is going to write Superboy #26.  Yesterday on his Facebook page, Marv Wolfman wrote what the story was going to be about:

I was surprised to see that it was announced this early, but yes, I am writing Superboy #26 and the arc that goes with it. It’s a crossover with the Teen Titans (a different Titans than the one I worked on). Scott Lobdell, who is both the Titans writer and wrote Superboy as well, set up the story over the past many months and it’s a really interesting and different plot. My job, as I see it, is to continue what Scott set up in the story. To that end Scott and I, along with editor Mike Cotton, have been speaking for hours at a time ever since they asked me to help out about two weeks ago. It’s hard coming into an already existing storyline and it’s even harder when it’s taking place in multiple timelines with many characters that I have to learn about, but Scott and Mike have been helpful and even more patient re. my pathetically slow learning curve. And though he’d be loath to see this in “print,” without Scott’s help and ideas I’d never have been able to even begin.

I’m starting to think maybe I shouldn’t have killed him a few months back. Oops, Scott. My bad.

So it appears this story will spin out of Forever Evil and the future Titans stories upcoming in Teen Titans. Bleeding Cool also posted an image of what may be the Superboy #26 cover:

LOBDELL Talks TEEN TITANS, CRIME SYNDICATE & Origin of KID FLASH

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Monitor Room, news and interviews | 0 comments

When the Crime Syndicate of America begins to take over the world at the beginning of the DC event Forever Evil, they dispense of the Justice League first, then eventually handle the Teen Titans.

This fall, Teen Titans will tie into Forever Evil, but the team’s encounter with the Crime Syndicate isn’t much of a battle — instead, the young heroes find themselves thrust into the future.

Written by Scott Lobdell since it relaunched in 2011, Teen Titans hasn’t yet revealed the full story behind the origin of Kid Flash in the New 52. But Lobdell said this fall will see the Titans witnessing the story of his origin in “The Trial of Kid Flash,” which takes place in the future.

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Nrama: It looks like he did something in his past that wasn’t particularly good.

Lobdell: Yeah, we — and the Titans and even Bart himself — are going to learn that his past (which is actually from the future) was composed, in large part, of a lot of poor but passionate decision-making that he engaged in when he was younger.

I think one of the glories of the New 52 is that we’ve gotten to see the characters in their earlier stages, and we see that not every decision that heroes like Superman or even Batman have made in their past have played out the way they wanted.

So when you combine that with the exuberance of youth, you realize that Bart, before coming to the present, has done a lot of things that he’s now going to have to deal with.

Nrama: And he was just arrested, right?

Lobdell: No, he hasn’t been arrested. We’re going to discover that there were authorities in the 30th Century that very specifically put Bart into the current-day era, not assuming he was going to become a member of the Teen Titans. When they first put them back there, the team hadn’t existed yet.

read the full interview here!