April 09, 2014 12:02pm PT by Graeme McMillan
DC's New 'Teen Titans' Promises 'Superheroes From A Different Angle'
DC Entertainment’s current Teen Titans series ends this month with its 30th issue, but fans of the characters won’t have too long to miss them; the publisher has announced that the title will be relaunched with a brand new creative team and new direction this summer.
“Yes, the Titans are the same heroes, and no, we’re not going to kick things off with a year of origin stories, but we are heading in a new direction and exploring some new themes,” new writer Will Pfeifer told Newsarama.com about the upcoming relaunch he’s helming with former Superman artist Kenneth Rocafort.
“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,” the writer explained. “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… 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.”
The new series pairs the current team down to a line-up of Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Raven, Bunker and Beast Boy, with Pfeifer promising a “look at superheroes from a different angle” in the series. “If they existed in our desperate-for-entertainment world, superheroes would be the biggest celebrities on the planet, the focus of all sorts of unwanted attention and threats of all kinds,” he said. “Having a group of teens navigate that sort of a world — while, at the same time they’re trying to save it — is the sort of comic book I’d want to read — even if I weren’t writing it.”
Teen Titans relaunches in July.