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My pitch for this (I’ve been pushing for it for nearly a year) was to revisit “The Judas Contract,” Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s defining story arc of the New Teen Titans. We were going to J.J. Abrams the thing in order to build a firewall around the original story–so it can never be retconned or ignored–while re-telling it with the post-Rebirth continuity.

But the old continuity was just a mess. Cyborg was never a Titan. Starfire, Raven– it was terribly difficult to sort all of that out. My preference was to not bother; just show blocks of the original story with the original cast without explaining why Cyborg is now a founding member of the Justice League and never a Titan.

As I see it, both DC and Marvel (but especially DC) wastes way too much time on process stories. I’m tired of reading process stories– stories that explain why this character is now wearing a red hat instead of a yellow one. Who cares. Entertain me.

Comics fans aren’t idiots and, sadly, they aren’t kids anymore. Rather than go through the whole Rebirth thing, and what seems to be endless process stories being written ever since, I’d simply have had Batman turn to camera, breaking the fourth wall, and be honest with the DC comics fan: “We fucked up.” Now, on with our show.

Comics should be Good Stories Well Told. That’s it. Personally, am not entertained by all of these comics that invest multi-issue story arcs explaining the red hat/yellow hat thing. I don’t care. I’m 56 years old, I understand things have changed.

Somewhere along the way we’ve stopped entertaining and gotten morosely engaged with this continuity stuff. Continuity exists to serve the stories, not the other way around.

Ultimately, because of the varying events both past and upcoming, it proved impossible to do the JJ thing, so editor Antone came up with the next best thing. “Lazarus…” walks right up to the Judas Contract and knocks on the door, but we don’t fully go there because, honestly, we couldn’t.


-- Christopher J. Priest

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In five (likely non-canon) years, Wally West gets super-speed. Here's how:Read more... )
 
 
This reminds me, what if Wally's origin turned out to be exactly the same as Barry's? Would a plot point like that still be plausible in today's analytic comic-reading society?
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From USA Today by way of CBR

There are SPOILERS beneath the cut!!! Seriously, SPOILERS beneath the cut! I'm even leaving the character out of the tags because of the spoilerishness of it.

A certain favourite character is making their New 52 introduction in Flash Annual #3 )
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I've bemoaned, in the past, what the DCnU cost Dick Grayson, gone was his long history as Robin, his maturation into Nightwing, his role as team leader, and the fact he lived in a world beyond Gotham (not always far away, but beyond the city limits). The reboot had him ousted as Batman and losing Damian as his snidekick (That's like a sidekick, but well, more snarky) and living in Gotham City.

What plots they set him up with tended to get sidetracked by "Events", like his annoyingly Gotham-centric new family history for "Night of the Owls", which ended in nothing, as the "Talon" title (Which in fairness is a good deal of fun and you should check it out) sort of took over where I might have thought a new Nightwing arc would start (since Talon is all about a former rebellious Talon seeking to dismantle the remains of the Court of Owls powerbase) and the less said about the overblown nothing that was "The Death of the Family" the better IMHO...

So now we have Brett Booth, fresh of the Teen Titans, as new artist coming to join Kyle Higgins, and they've changed as much as possible, and frankly, it's the sort of start this title has needed since the reboot IMHO.

Chicago, Chicago, that toddling town... )
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That got some of y'all's' attention, I'd imagine. One page with the long-awaited return of a beloved character!

And I thought the actual 90s were unkind to this 'un... )

OK guys, let's discuss in loving, intricate detail the thousand and one ways this is WRONG. On your mark - get set - GO!

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