Monday, December 30, 2013

Copyright Infringement

"Copyright Infringement" from Teen Titans vol.2 #4 (DC, 1997) by Dan Jurgens and George Perez
After New Teen Titans' star a long waned, the book was cancelled and replaced by an entirely-new team, which is always dangerous. Like the Justice League franchise, the title evoked a collection of heroes who had left their mark elsewhere. New Teen Titans had managed an "All-New, All-Different X-Men" success with a strong mix of new characters, but Argent, Risk, et al. are nowhere near as iconic as Cyborg, Starfire and Raven, and lacked the support of well-established characters like Nightwing, Wonder Girl and Changeling. My particular interest in the book was two-fold. First, the Atom, though turned into a teenager by Zero Hour shenanigans, was a favorite character of mine, and the only established star, and Dan Jurgens as writer/artist couldn't help but do a solid job. But despite links to the Titans' past, like a reformed Mad Mod and various villains and guest-stars from the Titans world, the new characters just couldn't grab the public's attention. And I do mean COULDN'T. Soon, "The Titans" was in the wings.

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