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Scott Lobdell decided to do a Q&A session about his three books at the Comicvine site. He foolishly didn't put a limit on the number of questions. Now he's slowly answering every single one them.

Will Superboy be like his Young Justice counterpart?

The television one, I'm assuming? I haven't watched the show but I read the word "Goon" a lot on the message boards. If that is the case then, no, Superboy is not a goon. He is really smart -- like the way a baby processes so much more information than we do because everything is new -- and he's very funny. Not a goon, not surly.

With continuity being pretty unclear so far for the readers, as to what will stick and what won't, it's been said that Starfire still has her past with the Teen Titans. What about the other members of this Outsiders team continuity? And why this particular group of people on this team?

I think you mean Outlaws and not Outsiders. Jason's history is pretty much completely in tact -- but with some big reveals. We'll discover there was much more to his "re-orientation and training" after he came back to life than being shipped from Russian mobster to Polish munitions expert, etc. We'll learn that he received training at the hands of people that represented a sharp contrast between the type of experiences he had while being trained by Batman. And, we'll learn, sadly, that as soon as he left them he got so wrapped up in his quest for vengeance that he forgot all the truly important things he learned while he was there. Something happens in the first issue that starts him back on a road to that place... and hopefully, this time. he's matured enough that he can take everything he learned there and apply it.

Yeah, Jason has done some horrible things in his life -- depending on one's perspective on how much criminals should suffer or pay for their crimes with their lives given most haven't even been to trial for those crimes -- but I think at his core he is a good and noble person. Otherwise, Bruce never would have taken him into the bat cave that first time.

Roy's history is a bit abridged. Yes, he was Green Arrow's sidekick. Yes, he was a Teen Titan. Yes, he was an addict and that ultimately cost him his standing with both Green Arrow and Teen Titans. But he never married, never had a child, never had his arm torn off and never had carnal relations with a cat. But most importantly...

... he never relapsed. He's made his mistakes in life -- and certainly will continue to make more -- but the most heroic thing about Roy Harper is that he wakes up every morning sober and goes to bed sober, a Herculean task for some addicts. Whereas Jason is very calculating about everything he does (we'll see some of his safe houses across the globe) Roy always exists one hundred per cent in the moment: he says what he's thinking as he thinks it because he's discovered in the past that when he kept things in they festered and that only led to catastrophe.

Is that different than the Roy we've all known and loved over the years? Yes and no. It will be up to youse guys if you're willing to embrace a younger and more upbeat Roy than the angry and morose and nihilistic character he's become over the years. (Me? I love Outlaw Roy - and I'm hoping you will too!)

Aqualad will appear eventually right?!? Will he look like Brightest Day Kaldur or Young Justice Kaldur? Thanks!

Eventually, I am certain. In fact, SCOOP HERE: I was originally asked to include him in the first issue -- one of our earliest conversations between me and the editors. He was going to be part of the Core Five! But then it was decided, if I recall, that he was going to be such an important player in another book, that it should be left up to that book's writer to define exactly who Aqualad is and how he fits into the world. If I were writing him over in TEEN TITANS, his adventures in the other book would conflict with the team book. So, for the sake of Kaldur's continuity and growth he will not be appearing in the book just yet. (That said, I can't wait for the day he's a Teen Titan! Is he an awesome character, or what?!)

Is Bart the first Kid Flash in this new universe?

I don't think so. But in his head he is certainly is!

You mentioned that the Teen Titans is not going to be a team of sidekicks. Then why are there notorious relations between these teens and someof the "A-List" characters? Is there still going to be a relation between the team members and their "original" counterparts?

Not so much, no. Aside from Red Robin and Batman, we really want Kid Flash and Superboy and Wonder Girl and the others to stand on their own as interesting characters without having to compare them to other super heroes with similar powers. Again, we've had some 30 plus years of "How can I thrive within the shadow of my mentor?" stories. Let's let the kids see what other stories they can tell!

Will superboy star of with his kryto powers??

Hmmm. I think you are asking me if Superboy will start out with his Kryptonian powers? I'm going to say no.

I have these theory that Superboy doesn't really have "Kryptonian powers" -- rather his telekinetic powers allow him the ability to mostly ape those powers and that the strands of Kryptonian DNA allow his body to do things he couldn't otherwise do if his body was completely human.

Also, because of his condition in the opening issues he's going to have to be learning his powers all over again, so he and we will be able to better understand how they work and watch them develop over time.




Date: 2011-09-03 09:51 am (UTC)
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"He is really smart -- like the way a baby processes so much more information than we do because everything is new -- and he's very funny. Not a goon, not surly."

Pleases me.

"Something happens in the first issue that starts him back on a road to that place... and hopefully, this time. he's matured enough that he can take everything he learned there and apply it.

Yeah, Jason has done some horrible things in his life -- depending on one's perspective on how much criminals should suffer or pay for their crimes with their lives given most haven't even been to trial for those crimes -- but I think at his core he is a good and noble person. Otherwise, Bruce never would have taken him into the bat cave that first time."

PLEASES ME GREATLY.

"Roy's history is a bit abridged. Yes, he was Green Arrow's sidekick. Yes, he was a Teen Titan. Yes, he was an addict and that ultimately cost him his standing with both Green Arrow and Teen Titans. But he never married, never had a child, never had his arm torn off and never had carnal relations with a cat. But most importantly..."

Not too bad, but I still want Lian...

"... he never relapsed."

This is good, though.

Date: 2011-09-03 10:34 am (UTC)
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Yea. Erasing the Rise of Arsenal (in what way was that supposed to be a rise?) is a good thing... I just with they didn't lose one of the coolest parts of his character with it.

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Date: 2011-09-03 09:53 am (UTC)
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Hey! King Shark looks different in this? And Rose(?) seems to have both eyes.

And Roy was never married in the old continuity either, just because he had a kid with Cheshire doesn't mean they were married, at least to my knowledge.

Date: 2011-09-03 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daningram.insanejournal.com
Of course he was married.

Kids can only happen in a marriage. Roy had a daughter. Ergo, he was married.

Simple logic. What else could it be?

Well, besides a writer clinging to amazingly outdated social concepts...

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Date: 2011-09-03 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
"Hey! King Shark looks different in this?"

There's a multitude of shark-themed villains, this is probably one of them.

Date: 2011-09-03 09:58 am (UTC)
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This is all sounding good. I wasn't one of those people who were repulsed by the redesigns of the characters in the Lobdell books, although I wasn't a fan either, but this info does look good.

So Superboy is gonna be dependant on the tactile telekinesis for his powers again? Alright, that's cool. I'm just wondering if it'll go back into the "he HAS the Kryptonian powers, but like Superman, he'll have to wait some time until they develop as his body absorbs more yellow sun energy" thing again, which I also have no problem with.

Date: 2011-09-03 10:09 am (UTC)
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Rose punking King Shark pleases me greatly.

Date: 2011-09-05 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] shadur
The look on his face when Rose pulls the trigger is a /really/ good "... I have not thought this course of action through."

Date: 2011-09-03 10:10 am (UTC)
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Very encouraging. especially re Jason and Roy (Though Roy was never married in the old DCU)

Date: 2011-09-03 10:38 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] runespoor
Who is that girl in Superboy's book and why is she drawn with both her eyes (and pretty white-looking while we're at it) and why is she called Rose Wilson.

(Side-note: I see her with a gun and I want to ship her off so badly to the Arrowfamily. Don't mind me, Rose in either the Bat- or the Arrowfamily has been one of these alternate path for the character I like to think about. Come on, look at her up there and tell me you don't think she'd get on terrifically with Arsenal.)

Other than that, I like what Lobdell is saying about Jason being calculating and given to contingency plans. And a good and noble person at core.

Roy? Roy was only angry/nihilistic/what-have-you after DC decided to kill his daughter. Strangely.

Date: 2011-09-03 11:38 am (UTC)
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Who is that girl in Superboy's book and why is she drawn with both her eyes

Because her self-mutilation was one of the most unpleasant parts of the Johns Titans run. Which had a LOT of rather gross moments, such as Slades beheading of Wintergreen and Bart getting his kneecaps shot out.

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Date: 2011-09-03 11:16 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] 18lemons
All of this sounds really good to me, all of Lobdell's books are going on my pull list.
It's really weird though, I wasn't excited for Superboy judging by the first cover we saw, but it's probably one of the books I'm looking most forward to now. Especially with RB Silva on art, after the Jimmy Olsen book last year, how can I not be thrilled for this?

Date: 2011-09-03 12:05 pm (UTC)
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I worry for Scott if he's under the impression that 'carnal relations' equals grabbing your partner and beating up ninjas with them in an alleyway while hallucinating that they're your dead daughter.

Date: 2011-09-03 01:37 pm (UTC)
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It... doesn't? I think I need to make some phone calls...

Date: 2011-09-03 11:48 pm (UTC)
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im REALLY hoping he means Cheshire, as in Cheshire cat.... and just got... confused with the other cat incident (keep in mind he went a little over board with the answering)

Date: 2011-09-03 12:42 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jlbarnett
maybe I've just read the wrong books but I haven't read any "how can I thrive in the shadow of my mentor" books for the current crop of teen heroes. And if they'resupposed to be ordinary teens and they aren't tied to the originators of their names then I don't think they'd be using those names.

Date: 2011-09-03 01:19 pm (UTC)
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Maybe nothing quite so specific, but many of DC's comics have definitely been overly focused on the whole legacy idea.

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Date: 2011-09-03 12:56 pm (UTC)
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wait, Roy was never married was he?

Date: 2011-09-03 04:54 pm (UTC)
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No. He and Cheshire had a relationship when he was working undercover ( no pun intended) for the DEA, but were never married

Date: 2011-09-03 12:58 pm (UTC)
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I guess I'm just bothered by the need DC has to keep ANY of the old continuity 'intact'. If you're going to start fresh, why not start anew? I know it's largely because they don't want to tamper with the successful Batbooks, but it seems they're already setting themselves up for problems that wouldn't exist if they'd just let the Flashpoint Universe (or FU) play out without the constraints. For example, why keep the heroin addiction if that happened during a Green Arrow/Green Lantern/Black Canary period that probably didn't occur? Why Rose Wilson when you're pretty unsure as to whether her father's title book is considering using her and you could have created Tulip White from scratch? Why not create TK Boy, since you're eschewing the Kryptonian stuff? (Yeah, I know, 'Superboy' is trademarked, but still.)

Date: 2011-09-03 01:04 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] runespoor
I suppose because otherwise they'd be writing Tangent Comics. I have no idea how popular that was, though, so you may be on to something.

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Date: 2011-09-03 02:07 pm (UTC)
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Yes. Hope this take on Jason sticks.

Date: 2011-09-03 04:13 pm (UTC)
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The television one, I'm assuming?

*facepalm*

I would be a little happier if it had been something like, "The television one or from the comic?" His answer sounds like he barely knew there was a comic, or the following that it had. Then again, DC doesn't want to admit that.

Date: 2011-09-03 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
Or he just assumed that they were talking more about the cartoon, since that's the more current version with the bigger fanbase.

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Date: 2011-09-03 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kd_the_movie
Screw Kaldur, what about Garth? He got shitted on enough in the last few years of Old DC.

I was wondering how the hell they were gonna have Jason and Roy on the same team without playing the same role...but I guess its gonna be "Jason=amoral batman/Roy=flying by the seat of pants hothead". Im cool with that, but as to why Lian can't fit in the picture......

And mannnnnn while im sure NU!Kon will be decent enough....I really miss horndog/opportunist 90's!Kon. I liked the fact that among the teenage heroes, the BIG teen heroes at that, one of them had a little too much swagger to him.



Date: 2011-09-03 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] runespoor
Amoral? Jason? I think not. Way too inclined to killing people, sure. But Jason's entire basis for killing bad guys is morality, unless they change that.

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Date: 2011-09-04 01:40 am (UTC)
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I like Rose's look here, but why should she be tied down to Superboy as his handler? Also..seriously I wasn't aware this was taking place..if that was the case I'd have joined in and asked if he had plans to re-introduce Lian because it seems like no one freakin asked yet! >_< How old is Roy here anyway for him to even be declared too young to have her?

Date: 2011-09-04 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] runespoor
Because of all the possible ties between Rose and the larger DCU, the one with Superboy is the least sense-making. :| Plus that way they get to tease us with the possibility of Rose/Kon. And when I say tease I mean threaten.

Agreed on her look.

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Date: 2011-09-04 03:04 am (UTC)
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I am tentatively pleased with the word on Kon, Jason, and Roy. Still waiting to hear more on the status of some of my favorite female superheroes. Also hoping that Lian will be re-introduced at some point later down the road.

Date: 2011-09-06 10:12 am (UTC)
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Little tidbits..saying little and saying the usual stuff...

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