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Scott Lobdell Reveals Plans for Superboy & Teen Titans + Exclusive Art

What changes and similarities can we expect in DC's "The New 52"?

With September's relaunched "New 52" titles just a couple weeks away, we're still pushing for any and all information we can get our hands on. Let's face it, we've been as patient as we could be since this was all first announced.

Scott Lobdell is marking his place at DC Comics with Superboy #1, Teen Titans #1 and Red Hood and the Outlaws #1. If you've seen the solicitations, you know there appears to be some changes happening. We asked Scott some questions on both and as an added bonus, got an exclusive first look at some early art for Superboy #2!

Comic Vine: Is the Superboy series going to tell his early days (as Action Comics will do with Superman)?

Scott Lobdell: In a way, yes. The story bounces back and forth between his earliest moments of consciousness as a clone, and the September books. We'll track his relationship with the young scientist who has been involved with every stage of Superboy's development, how she has developed a caring relationship with him, and why she's willing to risk everything to keep him from going head to head with the Teen Titans when he's dispatched to corral them on behalf of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. At the same time, the series is taking place in the very moment that you're reading it -- the second issue features a prison break where Superboy must stop a trio of the Citadel soldiers from escaping. (These are the same badass extra terrestrial military men who helped enslave Starfire's planet once upon a time.)

CV: Will we see any familiar faces in Superboy?

SL: Well I hate to frustrate you, honestly, but yes -- there are two very surprising familiar faces that are going to knock the readers on their butts. I even had to sneak them into the plot where I didn't name them because I knew DC's first reaction was going to be, "No way!" But after they read the first story and loved it... and then I told them, "You realize who those characters are, right?" they were "Oh. Wow. Cool. Didn't see that coming!"

That said, anyone who has read the solicits for SUPERBOY #3 knows at least one of those two characters!

So while I can't tell you without spoiling the reveal, I can tell you that Superboy's supporting cast is going to be made up new faces and some very familiar faces! (No, that doesn't mean Chloe or Simon. Great characters, one and all, just not appearing in SUPERBOY any time soon!)

CV: Whose idea was it to give Red Robin functioning wings?

SL: I will take both the blame and the credit for the wings! LOL! I just feel really strongly that if you have three or four or five Robins in the history of the DCU that they need to be distinct from each other. Think about it, here is this sixteen-year-old kid, the adopted son of a multi-billionaire crime fighter who taught him how to depend on everything in his utility belt, deciding that he's going to use all the resources available to help those super-powered teens at risk. He'd have to be a little bit insane not to go into battle with all the technological advantages he can muster.

Finally, on the subject, I am again amused that some people think it is an act of sacrilege that Red Robin would somehow "depend" on his wings. Batman has had a batmobile almost since the earliest days of the comic -- it is a war room and a crime lab and practically an armory on wheels. That doesn't make Batman any less the World's Greatest Detective just because he has a batmobile... any more than it diminishes Tim's brilliance because he gets around on a set of wings he appropriated from Wayne Labs.

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CV: Will we see the Teen Titans interact with previous members (Dick Grayson, Cyborg, Starfire, Donna Troy, etc.) or is this the first time the Teen Titans have gathered together?

SL: Yes we will see them, eventually, interact with the former teens who originally named themselves the Teen Titans. And yes, this is the first time this particular iteration of Teen Titans have met and gathered together.

You're buying a number one issue of Teen Titans... we really want it to feel like a first issue. You're getting in on the ground floor.

Now, because I am not in charge of other elements of the DC Universe, I can't say for sure what is happening with Nightwing or Cyborg or other original members. As time goes on and the writers and editors fine-tune their characters, I'm sure we'll be seeing them guest or cameo in the TEEN TITANS.

And before anyone thinks I forget, yes, I do have Starfire over in RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS, a book I share with TEEN TITANS editor Bobbie Chase (which would make a crossover easy)... but Koriand'r doesn't have a lot of fond memories with regards to her "first love" here on Earth, so don't expect her to have any feelings of nostalgia for a handful of teenagers she doesn't know.

CV: Is the team sanctioned by anyone (Batman, Justice League, etc)?

SL: What a strange question. I don't really know what Batman or the Justice League or anyone else thinks of the Teen Titans. Seriously, in all my writing and pitching and plotting and scripting, I haven't thought about it and no one has asked me what Batman and the Justice League and Wonder Woman and anyone else has thought about the Teen Titans.

And I don't think Tim or Cassie or any of the others would give much thought to whether they are "sanctioned" by anyone or not. They are trying to stay alive under very arduous conditions... I don't think they much care about getting a stamp of approval from Batman and his co-workers.

Now that I am thinking about it... it might be because these Teen Titans are much more apart from their "mentors" than people might be used to seeing them. That is, while Tim Drake comes directly from the wing of Batman, Kid Flash and Barry don't have a pre-existing relationship as the series opens (the fact that Barry and Iris are no longer married makes it at least a teeny bit difficult for him to be, you know, born) and Wonder Girl didn't start her career because she trying to get on Wonder Woman's radar -- in fact, in TEEN TITANS #1 Cassie has been trying hard to stay off of everyone's radar.

I know I should be careful what I write because it can always come back to bite me... but I don't have any plans at all for Batman or Superman or Wonder Woman or even Nightwing or Cyborg or anyone showing up any time soon. Brett [Booth] and I really want TEEN TITANS (the book, and the characters) to stand up on their own. This isn't a series about sidekicks and it isn't a series about young heroes in training... it is the story of what happens when a handful of teenaged super heroes with different levels of training and life experiences come together to defend themselves. No sanctioning required!

CV: Any plans for a crossover with Kyle Higgins' Deathstroke or will the focus be to keep the series self-contained for now?

SL: Not at all... at this time! (It is one of those things you have to add in these interviews because -- honestly -- everything is open to change. It is a work in progress -- which makes it all so very exciting and fun to work on!) I'm not entirely sure what Kyle is doing over in Deathstroke, but I get the impression from his interviews that Rose Wilson isn't going to be a part of his plans. (Which, considering Rose Wilson is all but a co-star in SUPERBOY...only presents me with lots of opportunities for new stories!)

Regarding the TEEN TITANS themselves -- no, I personally think that it is better for Deathstroke's resume if he doesn't spend his time obsessing over killing teenagers he's never able to kill. He's either the world's greatest assassin or he's not!

CV: Do you have plans for new villains or will existing ones get an updated tweak?

SL: Hmmm. Normally I like to alternate the new and existing villains... but so far it seems to be the emphasis is on new characters. While I appreciate the classics and the history involved with characters, I have to believe I am not the only comic fan in the world whose eyes start to bleed when ye ole' arch enemy winds up in the back of the limo on the last page of our hero -- nostalgic, sure, but hardly compelling.

I think after some thirty years of stories, the Teen Titans and Superboys of the world should be able to spread their wings a little and see what's out there!

And, honestly, if I was going to be playing with any of the Classics in DC, I'd rather have the TEEN TITANS go up against Brainiac or Darkseid... or SUPERBOY going up against the JOKER or RA'S AL GHUL. I'd love to mix and match.

CV: Will the Titans still have Titans Tower as their base?

SL: No. The Teen Titans are going to be much too busy and much too hunted to erect a ten story glass tower on a small island off of a major city where every villain on the planet can find them on Google.

CV: There's mention of an international organization hunting super-powered teens. Will we find out about them right away or will it build up over a few issues?

SL: We will be seeing N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and some their operatives almost immediately in both TEEN TITANS and SUPERBOY -- but expect their motives and their more maniacal machinations to be revealed more and more over time.

CV: Which team member is becoming your favorite character as you write and why?

SL: I am afraid to answer that question because I am never sure which of the other characters are reading this...

WONDER GIRL is my favorite character to write because she is just so damned cool. She is the most powerful member of the team, yes, but she has absolutely no interest in being part of a team. Heck, she's not even thrilled with being Wonder Girl at all, and if you got her to open up to you she might admit that the situation that landed her in the role was probably the result of a series of poor life choices on her part. That said, she finds herself very inspired by Tim Drake -- a kid with no super powers at all risking his life to help other metahuman teens. It annoys her that he is so damned noble.

Oh wait, no. My favorite character to write is THE WALL. Because Miguel comes from such a different background than the rest of the TEEN TITANS. He grew up in a small Mexican village where his family and neighbors loved him dearly, and when he started manifesting his metahuman ability they threw him a huge party -- they couldn't be any prouder of their young super hero. I love that Miguel loves every moment of this adventure he's on... he's the type of guy who'd be in the middle of a battle with the Fatal Five and ask Cassie to take a pic with his cell phone so he can send it to his sister back home!

No, actually, I love Rose Wilson. She is definitely my favorite character to write because she's been hired because she's the only person N.O.W.H.E.R.E. feels is resourceful enough and ruthless enough to put down Superboy if they need her to -- but the longer she's exposed to him the more she realizes she doesn't want to be the person responsible for ending the life of maybe the most unique and exquisite creature on the planet. She hates that her relationship with Superboy runs the risk of challenging everything she believes in.

I'm sorry, Roy Harper is definitely my favorite character. Here is a young guy who lost the greatest opportunity in the world to his drug addiction and is now determined to never go back to the abyss again. He was, after all, the sidekick to his idol... but he tossed it away for what -- to chase the dragon? He had a whole lifetime of heroics in front of him. But he's not going to spend the rest of his life mourning what he had... his feeling is that every day he wakes up sober and every day he goes to bed sober is a good day. How can you not love a guy like that, trucker hat notwithstanding!

No, wait! My favorite character to write is...!

Superboy #1 is on sale September 14, Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 is on sale September 21 and Teen Titans #1 is on sale September 28.

How about those EXCLUSIVE pages from SUPERBOY #2? Check them out below!

Supberboy #2, page 11
Superboy #2, page 13
Superboy #2, page 14
Superboy #2, page 17
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Posted by Ms. Omega

Cool

Posted by cincyducksfan35

My biggest concern is that nothing that happened in Red Robin will matter. At the end of the Red Robin series we learned things about Tim. He might not see as eye to eye with Bruce as we once thought. He might kill Boomerang if given the opportunity. You could feel it. But here he just seems like all is forgotten...

Edited by UltimateSMfan

OH MAN this is awesome!!! Superboy and Teen Ttians definitely on my pull list. was a little worried about superboys art but thats great too!! n if anyones read the 100th issue of the current teen titans comic they've carried on the deal between rose and superboy in a way :) cant wait!! get here sooner september!!,this is gonna be a long week!! (Just hope they dont do red hood- titans crossovers,cuz srsly plannin on startin a good collection n dont want things out of place)

Posted by Duo_forbidden

I'm sorry, but the wings on Red Robin still bothers me. I have no doubt that Tim Drake will be the same character I've read since his start as Robin, and it DOES makes sense to why he has wings, he just looks like The Falcon. 
But I do like the approach of this new Teen Titans. I hope to see familiar characters later on in the series.

Posted by ninjacommando

I really liked the question about whether or not they had permission and support by the bigger names, but I disliked the response given. 

Posted by LordRequiem

I'm getting confused, possibly because fo the revamp. Is Tim Drake going to be slightly younger now? And is Superboy a cyborg clone now (If so, then he's like the eradicator right)?

Edited by Fhiz

If anything, Scott knows how to give a damn good interview. His interviews involving the New 52 have been some of the more "man I really want to read this now" type interviews. I was already on board for Red Hood and Teen Titans, but I may have to pick up Superboy too now.

Posted by elayem98

Why are there 3 new teen titans and only 4 originals..? kinda stupid

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Rose Wilson appearing = Good 
Rose Wilson with no mask = Bad

Posted by U R Sofa King We Todd Did

i find myself getting very very excited about this revamp

Posted by sora_thekey

Oh my god! I am totally getting these three series!!

Posted by Dernman

Couldn't they have picked a better name for the organization than N.O.W.H.E.R.E.

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Posted by cattlebattle

Titan Tower was only ten stories??

Posted by longbowhunter

Its taken me this long but I'm starting to warm up to Tim's wings. Teen Titans is a definite buy for me and RB Silva's AMAZING art on Superboy really has me thinking about getting his book too. Not to mention the fact I'm a longtime Scott Lobdell fan.
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Posted by Or35ti

Awesome

Posted by Billy Batson

Coolness. 

BB

Posted by doordoor123

Whata douche (can I say that? If not, message me and ill edit it to jerk). Hes making me want to buy all of his books. Ive never cared for Superboy and I hadnt planned on buying it but this guy is just sucking the money out of my wallet with his ideas. I didnt even buy Lemire's book and I LOVE him. The character has never interested me. With this new start, Lobdell has convinced me to buy every one of his books.
Posted by labarith

See... we'll make it a tatoo! 
And then we'll make it like a bar code! 
 
Because if there's 2 things fans want - it's a tatoo and a barcode! 
 
Yup, this will make us loads of moneys.

Posted by spaceboy

Anyone else getting a Gen13 vibe?

Posted by cagedleo730
@LordRequiem: Superboy has never been and will never be a cyborg clone. He's still half-human and half-Kryptonian.
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@cagedleo730 said:
@LordRequiem: Superboy has never been and will never be a cyborg clone. He's still half-human and half-Kryptonian.
He's referring to the picture at the top, but at the stage we just dont know.
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One good thing about this is that Superboy is in both Superboy and teen Titans and are both written by the same guy. Hopefully this will make for some continuty so you dont get him i seven different places at once acting totally different in each. (Being in more than on book is fine, it is annoying when the personality is different
Posted by CanucksXVX

i hope krypto will make it into the later part of the superboy series
Posted by ltbrd

I find myself a bit annoyed by this revamp of the Teen Titans. In a way it sounds almost exactly like Young Justice but with more anger/teen angst rather than the playful humor and craziness that made YJ a fun book at the beginning. 
 
Also found it strange that Lobdell seemed surprised by the question on TT being sanctioned.....guess he's not interested in watching tv or trying to bridge the gap a bit between tv and comics for young viewers that might be interested in seeing the tv Young Justice characters in a comic book and then finding out they are completely different. Don't see that as a way to get new readers. 
 
That in a nutshell seems to be my biggest problem with these 3 titles or the entire revamp for that matter. They don't feel and look like they are appealing to new readers. If that's what this is all about I think these books look and read more like the people at DC having a fun chance to do whatever they want with the characters rather than make them accessible to a non-comic book reader. The fact that we are starting well into the careers of most of these characters is evidence of that. Plus the majority of their appearances, to me, scream ridiculous rather than realistic and modern.
Posted by caladbolglight

Since I'm not a big DC Comics fan, I'm not crazy interested in the "New 52", but I'm definitely going to pick up Teen Titans because it actually looks really interesting.
Posted by Kal'smahboi

I really dislike what I've seen of the Superboy art.

Posted by danhimself
@spiderbat87 said:
@cagedleo730 said:
@LordRequiem: Superboy has never been and will never be a cyborg clone. He's still half-human and half-Kryptonian.
He's referring to the picture at the top, but at the stage we just dont know.
we kind of do...they've said in a few other interviews that Superboy is still a hybrid clone of Superman and Lex Luthor
Posted by ThanosIsMad

I still say Tim's wings should be like Owlman's metal cape until he needs to fly.  It'd appease everyone.

Posted by danhimself

did anyone notice that Rose is gaining an eye in the relaunch???

Posted by Mbecks14

Still sounds pretty awful. And with Brett Booth on art. Bleh. Can't wait for the first creative change/direction on this book.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@danhimself said:
@spiderbat87 said:
@cagedleo730 said:
@LordRequiem: Superboy has never been and will never be a cyborg clone. He's still half-human and half-Kryptonian.
He's referring to the picture at the top, but at the stage we just dont know.
we kind of do...they've said in a few other interviews that Superboy is still a hybrid clone of Superman and Lex Luthor
Oh did they? My bad, must have missed that lol
Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

I'm excited for the Superboy title! Glad to say its one of the titles of the New 52 I am getting :) I'm psyched.

Posted by danhimself
@spiderbat87 said:
@danhimself said:
@spiderbat87 said:
@cagedleo730 said:
@LordRequiem: Superboy has never been and will never be a cyborg clone. He's still half-human and half-Kryptonian.
He's referring to the picture at the top, but at the stage we just dont know.
we kind of do...they've said in a few other interviews that Superboy is still a hybrid clone of Superman and Lex Luthor
Oh did they? My bad, must have missed that lol

Nrama: Past Superboy comics have taken place in Hawaii and Smallville, but based on the solicitation and the initial cover, a lot of people are getting a little bit of a sci-fi type vibe. So basically, a character that's seen a lot of variety. What's your general approach to the series?

Lobdell: I’ve always been fascinated by the stories we’ve never gotten to see about Superboy. That is, when he first appeared he was Superboy. He was flying and using his powers and that was that.

We’re putting Superboy under a microscope. Like the N.O.W.H.E.R.E. scientists who are working on him in captivity, we are determined to see what makes him tick!

(And no, that wasn’t some pun about him being a cyborg or some such! He is still part human/part Kryptonian – still one half Lex and one half Kal.)

Posted by gambitsprincess

i can not wait for this comic, i love tim and his new sexy wings lol
Posted by -Vigil-

Tim is sixteen? Ha! I said they'd make him younger than he was before the "relaunch"!

Posted by DEGRAAF

i was most surprised by this interview when he stated Wondergirl will be the most powerful member of the team. I always figured Superboy was the most powerful

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt

Wonder Girl is more powerful than Superboy? Ugh, he's going to be weakened.

Posted by BlackDove

Teen Titans is definatly a buy for me although it disappoints me that some of the elder Titans won't be included.
Posted by danhimself
@-Vigil- said:
Tim is sixteen? Ha! I said they'd make him younger than he was before the "relaunch"!
only by like a year
Posted by Jekylhyde14
@Dernman said:
Couldn't they have picked a better name for the organization than N.O.W.H.E.R.E.
I wonder if this organization has any relation to the Men From N.O.W.H.E.R.E. out of Grant Morrison's run on the Doom Patrol. 
Posted by -Vigil-
@danhimself said:
@-Vigil- said:
Tim is sixteen? Ha! I said they'd make him younger than he was before the "relaunch"!
only by like a year
Technically, yes. But Tim SHOULD have been about 19 in the last issue of Red Robin, even though he wasn't. Tim turned 16 what I estimate to be at least a few moths before "1 Year Later" making him about 17-and-a-half, and then a fair amount of time passed (at least for other characters) between "1 Year Later" and now. They didn't need to make Tim an emancipated minor in Red Robin. They should have just had him turn 18!
Posted by Herx
@danhimself said:
did anyone notice that Rose is gaining an eye in the relaunch???
yup :) and Roy Harpers gaining an arm :) this relaunch is going good for them in the missing limbs asspect. 
 
Other than that, these were 3 titles that i was going to pick up anyways, and have already placed my order for them. This only makes me get some more comfort about the relaunch (I've come to terms with it now.... except for the whole non-barry-iris marriage... like it said above, how dose it go for bart now :P) 2 more weeks to go. :D
Posted by Enerjak

I'm a bit skeptical on Red Hood and the Outlaws.  I think it's funny how Roy went from being the new leader of the Titan's to being Jason's lackey. 

Posted by -Vigil-
@BlackDove said:
Teen Titans is definatly a buy for me although it disappoints me that some of the elder Titans won't be included.
Yeah, I'll miss Cyborg, Beast Boy, old-school Jericho, and Geoff Johns's interpretation of Raven. I don't really care for the others, though. At least this way, the younger characters get to shine on their own!
Posted by danhimself
@Herx said:
@danhimself said:
did anyone notice that Rose is gaining an eye in the relaunch???
yup :) and Roy Harpers gaining an arm :) this relaunch is going good for them in the missing limbs asspect.   Other than that, these were 3 titles that i was going to pick up anyways, and have already placed my order for them. This only makes me get some more comfort about the relaunch (I've come to terms with it now.... except for the whole non-barry-iris marriage... like it said above, how dose it go for bart now :P) 2 more weeks to go. :D
the only thing I'm worried about not liking is Superman....I still haven't come to terms with the costume change
Posted by Munsu

Interesting. Seems Starfire is going to be pissed off and hurtful towards Dick at the beginning of the relaunch.  I know Dick is going to be de-aged to around 21 so I guess they didn't beak up all that long ago. Although I do wish Roy's heroin addiction would have been left out of the relaunch. Never really liked that development.
 
Anyway, I don't know what to think of Rose's history being changed so much. I like her character but she probably won't resemble the Ravager I know and like expect in name only, which is a little disappointing. Plus I never liked her and Superboy's hooking up in the current run of Teen Titans and I don't want to see that again in Superboy's own series. Oh well. 
 
And I think it was pretty obvious that they were going to deage Tim a little after deaging Dick and Babs a good 5+ years each. So that wasn't a surprise. I just hope the first couple arcs in Teen Titans aren't too Superboy oriented, but at least so far I've liked the things I've heard about Tim and Cassie. Particularly Cassie since I was never really a fan of hers before.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I hope the series is good

Posted by cagedleo730
@ltbrd: The Young Justice TV show already has a corresponding all-ages comic book that DC publishes. It's better to keep those 2 properties separate to avoid confusion
Posted by pikahyper
@Fhiz said:
If anything, Scott knows how to give a damn good interview.
I totally agree, the man knows just what to say all the time and you can tell he really cares and likes being interviewed. Most of the other DC relaunch interviews come off as dull and they are constantly puffin smoke to get people to buy instead of trying to get people interested.
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Posted by War Killer

Superboy looks EPIC.

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