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Posted by G-Man (30226 posts) - - Show Bio

What happens when you have a story that is too big for a single issue? You could break it down into separate issues but that sometimes interrupts the flow of the story. There has been times where you could see a end point/cliffhanger almost forced upon the story just to set up the next issue. And then of course the first page or two of the second part has to catch readers up in case they missed the previous.

Another solution is to tell the story in an over-sized annual. Today, DC has announced the first giant-sized annual from the "New 52," TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1.

Coming in May, this will be the first of a crossover story that will go affect other ongoing series including TEEN TITANS, SUPERBOY and LEGION LOST. The story will be written by Scott Lobdell, Tom Defaclo and have art by series regular, Brett Booth.

Never at a loss for words, Lobdell had the following to say:

You know how comics used to have cover copy that read ‘This issue has it all!’… then you’d read the issue and, well, it had some but not all? Well this Annual really does have it all! We finally get to see the oft-mentioned Colony – where the N.O.W.H.E.R.E. leader named Harvest has been keeping the hundred or so teenagers (did I say hundred?!) for who-knows-how-long. We get to see the Teen Titans in pitched battle against the Legion Lost (You can understand why Red Robin is skeptical about a team of teenagers claiming to come from the 30th Century, and why Tyroc is scratching his head over the existence of a team that – according to the history progs – is still some eight years away from being formed!). Then there’s the introduction of half the roster of the new RAVAGERS series! It has been eight issues since Red Robin threw down the gauntlet to Harvest, and now we’re going to see if the Teen Titans have what it takes to shut down N.O.W.H.E.R.E. once and for all! Yes, there’s a reason why this story could only take place in an annual – because there is just too much story to be contained in one of the monthly books!

Do I sound excited?! It’s only because I am! And if you think the story is fun – wait until you get a load of the artwork! Brett and Norm and Andrew are firing on all cylinders – and if this isn’t the hottest looking Annual on sale this year, then I will eat my hat! (Of course, I’ll have to buy one first. Who wears hats any more?!)

And finally, I’d have to say we couldn’t have gotten this Annual going – or the subsequent crossover – without the hard work and always insightful insights of Tom DeFalco, the writer of LEGION LOST. The man has more talent in his little finger than he has in, well, his whole thumb!

We’re both honored that we’re being entrusted with the first chapter of a story that is going to give birth to the new RAVAGERS series by Howard Mackie and Ian Churchill, and not only because it is bound to be the most talked about new series of 2012! Its also because this is the best part of the DCNu, creators and characters coming together on myriad titles to create some really awesome comic stories!

Looks like the story is even too big for an annual since there will be ramifications in the other titles. The action all begins this May and will continue in the pages of SUPERBOY #9, LEGION LOST #9, TEEN TITANS #9 and THE RAVAGERS #1.

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#1 Posted by Saren (25212 posts) - - Show Bio

Eh. Rose had better be in it.

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#2 Posted by jsphsmth (1136 posts) - - Show Bio

I am glad to see that DC is going to continue to publish annuals. (Axel is moving Marvel away from them completely.)

It is even better that DC is making the annuals important to their ongoing series, in this case, the NOWHERE storyline.

Cannot wait to read this crossover.

#3 Edited by fodigg (6130 posts) - - Show Bio

What's with the Titan's costumes? Are they doing tron-like themed costumes? I would actually prefer that. Also, I notice it sure looks like Drake is wearing a cape instead of the Falcon wings.

#4 Edited by pspin (891 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds good but now I might have to get Legion Lost and Ravagers to get the whole story

#5 Posted by eter (203 posts) - - Show Bio

The annual will be published before TT Superboy and Legion Lost 9?

#6 Posted by ComicMan24 (147032 posts) - - Show Bio

@fodigg said:

What's with the Titan's costumes? Are they doing tron-like themed costumes? I would actually prefer that. Also, I notice it sure looks like Drake is wearing a cape instead of the Falcon wings.

lol Was thinking the exact same thing.

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#7 Posted by WildStyle (331 posts) - - Show Bio

Uh, are those the Titan's new costumes?

#8 Posted by jsphsmth (1136 posts) - - Show Bio

@eter: Yes. It looks like the annual will be the first part of the crossover.

#9 Posted by Skywarpgold (55 posts) - - Show Bio

All new Legion Lost costumes too??

#10 Posted by KainScion (2973 posts) - - Show Bio

@fodigg: those are his wings. they just hang in the back.

#11 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32078 posts) - - Show Bio
@Skywarpgold said:

All new Legion Lost costumes too??

They look like Future Foundation 
 
@fodigg said:

What's with the Titan's costumes? Are they doing tron-like themed costumes? I would actually prefer that. Also, I notice it sure looks like Drake is wearing a cape instead of the Falcon wings.

It's like a normal cape when he's not using it to fly
#12 Posted by saoakden (1009 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome, I just hope DC Comics doesn't get out of hand with crossovers with this, the Night of the Owls, and eventually the Superman Titles.

#13 Posted by Skywarpgold (55 posts) - - Show Bio

@spiderbat87: Good call! They really do look like the FF.

#14 Posted by jsphsmth (1136 posts) - - Show Bio

@spiderbat87 said:

@Skywarpgold said:

All new Legion Lost costumes too??

They look like Future Foundation

Thank you. I thought that the costumes looked familiar. I just couldn't figure out where I had seen them before.

#15 Posted by ReVamp (22863 posts) - - Show Bio

@fodigg said:

What's with the Titan's costumes? Are they doing tron-like themed costumes? I would actually prefer that. Also, I notice it sure looks like Drake is wearing a cape instead of the Falcon wings.

I was thinking about that. I mean, Tron, really?

#16 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32078 posts) - - Show Bio
@ReVamp said:

@fodigg said:

What's with the Titan's costumes? Are they doing tron-like themed costumes? I would actually prefer that. Also, I notice it sure looks like Drake is wearing a cape instead of the Falcon wings.

I was thinking about that. I mean, Tron, really?

Yea I thought everyone was done with that but then I thought of Superboys NOWHERE costume and it makes sense if the costumes they have on came from NOWHERE as well.
#17 Posted by ReVamp (22863 posts) - - Show Bio

@spiderbat87 said:

@ReVamp said:

@fodigg said:

What's with the Titan's costumes? Are they doing tron-like themed costumes? I would actually prefer that. Also, I notice it sure looks like Drake is wearing a cape instead of the Falcon wings.

I was thinking about that. I mean, Tron, really?

Yea I thought everyone was done with that but then I thought of Superboys NOWHERE costume and it makes sense if the costumes they have on came from NOWHERE as well.

I like your thinking. A lot.

#18 Posted by Herx (374 posts) - - Show Bio

Well this a deffinate buy for me...... seeing as i follow all 3 of the series that are being crossed over in this annual.

#19 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29499 posts) - - Show Bio

@fodigg said:

What's with the Titan's costumes? Are they doing tron-like themed costumes? I would actually prefer that. Also, I notice it sure looks like Drake is wearing a cape instead of the Falcon wings.

I think those are the wings folded back, instead of an actual cape.

#20 Posted by BlackArmor (6134 posts) - - Show Bio

@fodigg: The wings turn into the cape, you can tell it's the same one by the lines

#21 Posted by Duo_forbidden (1160 posts) - - Show Bio

@fodigg said:

What's with the Titan's costumes? Are they doing tron-like themed costumes? I would actually prefer that. Also, I notice it sure looks like Drake is wearing a cape instead of the Falcon wings.

@ComicMan24 said:

@fodigg said:

What's with the Titan's costumes? Are they doing tron-like themed costumes? I would actually prefer that. Also, I notice it sure looks like Drake is wearing a cape instead of the Falcon wings.

lol Was thinking the exact same thing.

Eh, the costumes are a bit too "Tron" for my taste. Next thing you know, their next adventure will be in some cyber plane.

I don't know if I will check out this crossover. It may be a bit too big for me lol.

#22 Posted by pikahyper (11360 posts) - - Show Bio

any guesses on how much these new annuals are going to cost? standard $3.99 isn't bad but I got a feeling they will be $4.99 or more...

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#23 Posted by Outside_85 (8009 posts) - - Show Bio

Will wait for some actual information before stirring my excitement...or disgust.

Btw, isnt Lobdell still doing that Q&A thing from 2 months ago?

#24 Posted by BatClaw89 (144 posts) - - Show Bio

Loving DCnU!!! can't wait for crossovers 

#25 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (8838 posts) - - Show Bio

I am not a big fan for annuals but if I hear good things about some of the annuals from my favorite new 52 series I will pick it up.

#26 Posted by Mbecks14 (2068 posts) - - Show Bio

The new 52 Titans make me so sad :(

#27 Posted by Skaddix (3109 posts) - - Show Bio

Legion should beat the titans easily. Titans beside robin have a fe weeks at best, legion has years

#28 Posted by HotSauceCommittee (345 posts) - - Show Bio

Ugh crossovers

#29 Posted by RedOwl_1 (1664 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow Looks cool but I'll wait the artwork preview (if they give it). The most probably thing is that I'll pick it, of course just of see Red Robin (Hell I love that guy)

#30 Posted by Adnan (1037 posts) - - Show Bio

Animal Man Annual was announced too, by the way. I would've thought people would be more hyped about that than TT Annual

#31 Posted by jsphsmth (1136 posts) - - Show Bio

@Adnan said:

Animal Man Annual was announced too, by the way. I would've thought people would be more hyped about that than TT Annual

I am just as hyped to read the history of The Red and The Green vs the Rot in the Animal Man Annual.

#32 Posted by zackattack529 (1404 posts) - - Show Bio

well i like the idea that the annuals are coming out but i wont be getting this one or animal man, maybe if they have a green lantern or flash annual ill pick it up (for a reasonable price of course)

#33 Posted by Video_Martian (5631 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks cool & interesting, gonna check this out... I also wanna see a Flash or Aquaman annual! :)

#34 Posted by CombatSpoon86 (830 posts) - - Show Bio

More interested in ANimal Man Annual

#35 Posted by The Stegman (22722 posts) - - Show Bio

I tried getting into Legion Lost...and LOSH..but they failed to actually reboot it...so i was just as lost reading it as in the pre Flashpoint title

#36 Posted by iLLituracy (13537 posts) - - Show Bio

The Titans turned into a sausagefest, apparently.

#37 Posted by HombreMan (101 posts) - - Show Bio
#38 Posted by bdanko (18 posts) - - Show Bio

raven better be in it

#39 Posted by The Impersonator (4911 posts) - - Show Bio

This kind of news is getting nowhere. Nah! Just kidding. It's all good. =P

#40 Posted by Skaddix (3109 posts) - - Show Bio
#41 Posted by danhimself (22210 posts) - - Show Bio

I love Teen Titans but I'm really disappointed that I have to read Legion Lost

#42 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Darn, crossover. ::sigh:: Looks like Im gonna have to get LL, Ravager, TT and the annual now. Shucks. I like it but darn, had no idea it was even coming.

#43 Posted by BlackArmor (6134 posts) - - Show Bio

@danhimself: @RedheadedAtrocitus: They claim the books are relatively independent so you don't have to get all of the titles effected

#44 Posted by notarandomguy (316 posts) - - Show Bio

@ComicMan24 said:

@fodigg said:

What's with the Titan's costumes? Are they doing tron-like themed costumes? I would actually prefer that. Also, I notice it sure looks like Drake is wearing a cape instead of the Falcon wings.

lol Was thinking the exact same thing.

the wings ca turn into a cape, they're not like batman beyond's wings :p

#45 Posted by ArtJoker (521 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks like FF vs. Tron

#46 Posted by Skaddix (3109 posts) - - Show Bio

@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

Darn, crossover. ::sigh:: Looks like Im gonna have to get LL, Ravager, TT and the annual now. Shucks. I like it but darn, had no idea it was even coming.

Indeed summer is annoying.

#47 Edited by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio

I so excited about this crossover. Scott + Tom = perfection!

#48 Posted by LordRequiem (1308 posts) - - Show Bio

Teen titans looks to be shaping up as one of the most interesting of the new 52, with the whole new Superboy and such.

#49 Posted by Thunderscream (1809 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm really not into the Tron look

#50 Posted by ChaosAgentLoki (33 posts) - - Show Bio

@jsphsmth: I know, I'm quite excited for it as well. Hopefully it will be awesome.

By the way, Marvel, this is how you do a crossover without causing more event fatigue.