The New New New Titans

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2008 at 1:40 pm

That rascal plok tagged me with this nifty meme:

“What creators who are usually associated with a certain company (or, indeed, medium) would you like to see writing some else’s title?”

Plok’s suggestions are, as you would expect, big and of the “it’s so obvious, why has no one thought of that?” variety. The world would be a better place if you ran Marvel and DC, sir!

My own thoughts on the matter of talent-swapping address a smaller issue: how to fix the goddamn Titans series that DC has just launched–and doomed–under the stewardship of Judd Winick and Ian Churchill. Not exactly the creative team of my fanboyish dreams, as I’ve already mentioned about several million times. Who is?

1. Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Well, obviously. I mean, there’s no point in pussy-footing around it: Titans is a nostalgia book to its core. Might as well go all the way. Hell, set the damn book in 1984 and slap an Elseworlds label on the cover for all I care! And while you’re at it guys, could you just finish Games already? Sheesh. (I realize that this one may violate the spirit of the meme, but…)

2. Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Paul Pelletier. These guys are going to tear up the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy series they’re doing for Marvel, but they would be perfect for a Titans book with a classic feel. I’d love to read a DnA Titans space epic, given the duo’s flare for superheroic science fiction. Plus, this piece of promo art by Pelletier for Guardians reminds me of a similar two-page spread from the original New Teen Titans series when the team breaks into one of Brother Blood’s compounds:

Nice, huh?

3. Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham. They’re both great on team books, and, like Grummett (the best Titans artist post-Perez–if only he would come back), Eaglesham is a details guy, which is something that this book sorely needs. Gail’s Titans would be awesome, obviously. Plus, she’s perhaps the only person currently writing comics who could fix Donna Troy. (Damn you, Countdown!)

4. Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. Wait, wait…really! Remember “Runaways”? Remember NTT Annual 2? Under Bru, the book would focus on Nightwing, there’d be plenty of gritty urban crime stories with flashes of superheroics; lots of moody settings; bucketloads of drama, anguish, and soapy goodness; oh yeah!! It would be so great!!! Imagine Brubaker and Epting’s Church of Blood! Or their H.I.V.E.!!! Or, for that matter their Trigon!!! Okay, okay, I’m sold…THIS is the creative team I want on Titans. Sorry Marv and George; sorry DnA, Paul, Gail, Dale! Ed? Steve? Are you done noodling around with Captain America yet?


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