Scott Lobdell Wants YOUR Questions: October 2011 Edition

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Posted by G-Man (36715 posts) - - Show Bio

As you know, Scott Lobdell is the writer for Superboy, Teen Titans and Red Hood and the Outlaws. Recently, Scott asked you guys for questions and said he would answer. It turned out you all had a lot of questions. He answered them in three chunks since there were so many. You can read them here, here and here.

Here is a message from Scott:

Dear Comic Vine!

It is that time again -- to take questions directly from youse guys!

I only ask two things:

While you are free to post whatever questions you'd like -- please keep them down to a question and a single follow up. It is a problem when you imbed five or six (or even three or four) questions into one question.

And secondly, because no one wants me to get fired (Right?! Um... RIGHT?!) I'm going to ask Tony to pick out the TOP TWENTY POSTS (interview questions) for me to answer. (Those first 145 questions turned out to be way more labor intensive than I could justify in terms of schedule!)

As always, I'm sure you guys are going to be awesome.

So fire away!

Scott!

Ask your questions below in comments. Please keep them clear and to the point. Try to focus on his current books and not stuff like "What did you think about The Avengers trailer?" We'll close this off Friday, October 14 at midnight PT. Scott will take the twenty questions we select and we'll post his answers next week. Come up with some good ones and try to skim through any previous questions so we don't get a bunch of repeated questions over and over.

#1 Posted by JimmyOlsen1 (153 posts) - - Show Bio

Will Conner and Cassie be together again?

#2 Posted by LordRequiem (1318 posts) - - Show Bio

Is Superboy's suit going to remain as this nifty red and black attire or will he eventually return his previous, pre-52 costume?

#3 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (13408 posts) - - Show Bio

 
 Will Caitlin gain her powers anytime soon if at all? Maybe we can see a new Gen 13 with Superboy on the team?
 
 
Completely Off-topic :Do you know if any of your colleagues will be using The Creeper any time soon? 

#4 Edited by BlackArmor (6141 posts) - - Show Bio

are tims parents alive and was captain boomerang the one who killed them
Follow up:Did Tim still almost kill Captain Boomerang in vengancare in Red Robin #26
 
and a coment: bring back tim's cowl (but i like the wings and the computer moniter thing good job on that and the easter eggs in number 1 actually everything you wrote in all of the books except tims domino mask was amazing im going to collect all 3 series)
 
Thanks for listening and long live cowls

#5 Edited by fodigg (6146 posts) - - Show Bio

Question: Why should we like your memory/sensory-deficient version of Starfire?

Follow-up: What would you say to those who did not like her in the first issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws?

(btw, Superboy was awesome.)

#6 Posted by Red Rum (357 posts) - - Show Bio

Will comedy-based characters like Ambush Bug be in the new books?

#7 Posted by Lvenger (20716 posts) - - Show Bio

What's the deal with making Starfire forgetting or pretending to forget her time with the Teen Titans? With no disrespect to your writing ability Mr Lobdell it seems quite strange to me just how Starfire can forget her time with the TT given Marv Wolfman's run on the New Teen Titans.

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#8 Posted by TheCrowbar (4286 posts) - - Show Bio

Does Jason have a crowbar in his arsenal?
 
 
No but seriously, How does Jason even have any friends? What about him makes him endearing enough to have "Outlaws" hanging around him?

#9 Edited by batflasharrow96 (445 posts) - - Show Bio

Will Teen Titans be dependent of Superboy in future issues in terms of story arcs?

Why do you prefer having Roy childless? His entire character is based off Lian. She is kind of his replecement drug and gives him hope in the world.

#10 Edited by darkrider (456 posts) - - Show Bio

are we going to see a crossover between the teen titans and the red hood and the outlaws in the future

#11 Posted by philBetaGamma (1 posts) - - Show Bio

After writing such a poignant story, featuring Collosus' self sacrifice in Xmen, do feel any anger or animosity 2ward Joss Whedon 4 arbitrarily bringing Peter back?

#12 Posted by sinful (149 posts) - - Show Bio

Why starfire?

#13 Posted by fodigg (6146 posts) - - Show Bio

@batflasharrow96 said:

do you prefer having Roy fatherless? His entire character is based off Lian. She is kind of his replecement drug and gives him hope in the world.

I think you mean "childless."

#14 Posted by Sanderkatz (5 posts) - - Show Bio

Whats up with Jason's helmet/mask/red hood? I know he's had a couple different ones in the past, but this one seems to convey facial expressions.

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

Given the criticism regarding your treatment of Starfire, does it affect how you will be writing the character in the future?

#16 Edited by Or35ti (1101 posts) - - Show Bio

Who the heck is Dustin? :) I'm talking about when Roy asks Starfire is she remembers Dick, Garth, Dustin, Vic, Lilith, and Gar. And where are Wally and Donna? lol. You rock btw :D

#17 Edited by Mbecks14 (2068 posts) - - Show Bio

Dear Scott,

When will the Titans get new looks? When will they interact with the Justice League?

Mike

#18 Posted by taraquino (10 posts) - - Show Bio

We saw some authors referring some old stuff of Titans, like Bette Kane on Batwoman. So, as you said before, their history are intact, right? At least the most of them! I wonder if you or DC could give us some peace about their history? Important characters like Jericho, Lilith, Argent, etc are alive or around?

Who is Dustin?

We can hope to see some nuances from old Kory on this Kori?

Thanks and cheers from Brazil.

#19 Posted by cagedleo730 (235 posts) - - Show Bio

@BlackArmor:

Scott has previously mentioned that Charcoal Girl is a completely new character like Bunker & Skitter. I just want to know who the 8th member is.

#20 Edited by GothamRed (2564 posts) - - Show Bio

What brought about the change to Starfire's character in Red Hood and the Outlaws?

on another note...

You mentioned the Titans (or at least the New Teen Titans) in the first issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws, and showed modern Teen Titans forming in Teen Titans, how do those two versions fit in with each other in continuity? Is it possible that Tim knew about the first team from Dick before making his team?

sorry if that's too much I tried to contain myself.

#21 Posted by cagedleo730 (235 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheCrowbar: Who says that Roy and Starfire are his friends. It seem they're more like colleagues. You don't have to be friends with co-workers. They are mercs-for-hire.

#22 Posted by IronHerc (94 posts) - - Show Bio

In Teen Titans will you plan to add other heroes eventually like Blue Beetle or Static?

#23 Posted by natejoseph09 (136 posts) - - Show Bio

Hi, i consider you the best writer Gambit has ever had, do you see yourself ever writing him again?

#24 Posted by cagedleo730 (235 posts) - - Show Bio

@Lvenger: Her actions will be explained in-story. He's ducked questions about it before because he doesn't want to reveal too much spoilers.

#25 Posted by SuperRenegade (10 posts) - - Show Bio

How do you respond to allegations that your portrayal of Starfire is sexist, and how is this version of Starfire more conducive to the new 52's status quo?

#26 Edited by Simzak8168 (2 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm going to preface this by saying I intend absolutely no disrespect to you or your titles. Not 100% happy about Titans, but it looks good so far. Excited to see where it goes. Love what you've done with Cassie. Same goes for Superboy.

My question, though, is this: Why did you completely disregard every story ever written about Starfire (and, to some extent, Roy), change her name, and make her, well, a very obscene word and a completely different character?

I love the Titans (especially Beast Boy and Raven. Sad they're not here). I've read every issue of NTT/NT and, most of Johns' run, and almost everything since then. Everything you've done has gone completely against everything Starfire is. Everything Marv and George worked so hard to create, sculpt, and mold into a strong, yet vulnerable, amazing female character. Tamaraneans are ruled by their emotions, are quick to fall in love, to hate, to get excited, to get depressed etc. Why do you hate everything that she is, or was? Why do you hate Starfire?

Thank you! :)

#27 Posted by TheCrowbar (4286 posts) - - Show Bio
@cagedleo730 said:

@TheCrowbar: Who says that Roy and Starfire are his friends. It seem they're more like colleagues. You don't have to be friends with co-workers. They are mercs-for-hire.

The dude went after Batman. I wouldn't want to be within a hundred yards of him. And Roy and Jason seem to be friendly.
#28 Posted by cagedleo730 (235 posts) - - Show Bio

@Simzak8168: He's not gonna even get close to hearing your comments. As for getting rid of Titans history or your perception of what's been erased, there is something called Editorial that makes decisions that are over his head.

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

Hey Scott,

Thank you for answering my questions from before! Hope all is going well for you at the moment. I'll relegate my time to just one question and ask you...regarding Prodicus, was a major inspiration for his creation the King Shark character? Thank you in advance! Keep up the great work on Superboy!

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

@jsphsmth said:

Given the criticism regarding your treatment of Starfire, does it affect how you will be writing the character in the future?

^^^ THIS!

#31 Posted by BlackArmor (6141 posts) - - Show Bio
@cagedleo730
He said one of them isn't new i'll try to find the quote but if i can't i'll withdraw my question
#32 Posted by cincyducksfan35 (129 posts) - - Show Bio

Scott,

What is Tim Drake's motivation in this series? Red Robin ended with him seeking vengeance against the man who murdered his father and it seemed that he was willing to let captain boomerang die, almost as if Tim would grow up to be a Batman who took calculated risks and could make life or death decisions unlike Bruce.

Thank you!

#33 Posted by nomadicxnightmare (142 posts) - - Show Bio

Can I haz Raven? She is seriously missed... 
 
Also when can we expect to see Fairchild powered-up, kicking ass and taking names?

#34 Edited by Maxwell Lord the fourth (1320 posts) - - Show Bio

In Superboy #1 it is said that his awareness was in every atom of his body;does that mean his whole Body can process information and thus be used for calculations and storage;in short;does he have a Super Intellect ?Also;does sunlight affect his metabolism in one way or another like it does for regular kryptonians ?And last one:Will Rose meet the Teen Titans or the Outlaws ?

#35 Posted by drfeelgood91 (8 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm going to put this bluntly, will Starfire remain a whore?

#36 Edited by BlackArmor (6141 posts) - - Show Bio
@IronHerc
Last time he took questions he said he wanted to add some new charecters like aqualad specifically but said he had no plans to add Blue beetle and static in particular
#37 Posted by EnSabahNurX (2301 posts) - - Show Bio

@Simzak8168 said:

I'm going to preface this by saying I intend absolutely no disrespect to you or your titles. Not 100% happy about Titans, but it looks good so far. Excited to see where it goes. Love what you've done with Cassie. Same goes for Superboy.

My question, though, is this: Why did you completely disregard every story ever written about Starfire (and, to some extent, Roy), change her name, and make her, well, a very obscene word and a completely different character?

I love the Titans (especially Beast Boy and Raven. Sad they're not here). I've read every issue of NTT/NT and, most of Johns' run, and almost everything since then. Everything you've done has gone completely against everything Starfire is. Everything Marv and George worked so hard to create, sculpt, and mold into a strong, yet vulnerable, amazing female character. Tamaraneans are ruled by their emotions, are quick to fall in love, to hate, to get excited, to get depressed etc. Why do you hate everything that she is, or was? Why do you hate Starfire?

Thank you! :)

O_O based on some of his interviews starfire was being evasive about her past with the titans(makes sense when you reread it with sarcasm from jason's comments about tameranians and change star's tone to "stop bringing them up"). I have a hard time believing jason slept with her because it seems against jason's character.(not like she was with bruce)

I'm assuming this is a more emotionally jaded starfire, who might have done something bad so she joined red hood's group(says earth doesn't want her there) or had a falling out with the titans(her friends). Scott mentioned how past titans existed(roy confirmed it with his questions), so they must have disbanded paving the way for the new titans. Not to mention her slavery past is going to get played up(the trauma is unresolved)

He even mention her relationship with dick existed but he won't dwell on it.(was already confirm by jason to have happened in issue one, because roy was worried star would be pissed that jason had ties to dick, insert jason's sarcastic response)

O_O obviously he doesn't hate starfire(hate is harsh), sounds like sarcasm didn't translate well in the issue because we(me included) focused on the details instead of the context because we were too focused on what was still relevant.

Still, i find starfire's look to be bad, i can make like around 3 tweaks to it to make it less ridiculously slutty and bring it down to stripper warrior-ish lol

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#38 Posted by Superlad93 (46 posts) - - Show Bio

Hey there mr. Lobdell, let my start by tell you that I've been really enjoying your work & that i think you're a wonderful writer. I look forward to more of your work.

Superboy powers Q: I see from your interviews & the actual comic that this run will have a fare bit to do with his powers (I've never been one to dwell on powers but you handle it in the most non-obnoxious way, thank u lol) so my question is are his powers solar based & will normal superman weaknesses effect him??

Power Q 2: i would like to know if you view Superboy as the most powerful teen on earth??

Superboy relationship Q: From what you have told us in interviews: it doesn't seem like Superboy will have very much of a relationship with Superman or the new Super-family outside of his name & DNA....so my question is do you or any other writers have plans to go into the relationship of Superman & Superboy, & if not (just so i can have something to think about lol) hypothetically how would you play their relationship out, would it be the brother brother way, uncle nephew way, father son way (this way is my personal favorite...so no pressure lol) or maybe the original & clone way (please no lol)

Random Q: was that Kryptonian Superboy was speaking/thinking in issue #2 (really good issue btw)

Relationship/ last Q: I've noticed that the Superman/Superboy relationship has somehow always been a taboo one & it seems to never be truly defined....so my question is why do you think its been like this??

I hope this wasn't too long (i don't ever really do this lol) but thank you in advance for this we fans truly appreciate it.

#39 Posted by SpiritGoat (25 posts) - - Show Bio

Will Tim like boys

#40 Posted by doordoor123 (3721 posts) - - Show Bio

I think I got all of my questions answered last time. Thanks anyhow!

#41 Posted by kylesleeps (1 posts) - - Show Bio

First off, thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to do this again.

Now, I was wondering if you were disappointed with the reaction that you've gotten for your treatment of Starfire in Red Hood and the Outlaws? If so are considering making any changes to your interpretation of the character as a result?

That being said, I thought your Teen Titans seems like an interesting direction and I really enjoyed Superboy I thought it was one of the best of the New 52.

#42 Posted by ArrowQuivers891 (6 posts) - - Show Bio

I would just like to start off by saying that I really, truly enjoyed both Superboy and Teen Titans and will continue reading them.

My question is simple: Do you plan for Fairchild to be a fixture in Superboy or are there bigger plans for her in the New 52? (Not to say that being a mainstay in Superboy would be minimal, but...oh, you know what I mean.)

#43 Posted by tbpinkfloyd (126 posts) - - Show Bio

Is Starfire going to mature at all? She's less human and more a living blow-up doll so far.

#44 Posted by Shieldbearer (84 posts) - - Show Bio

Scott,

First of all, LOVING Red Hood and the Outlaws! Don't let anybody change your mind about how you are doing it, it is fantastic!

Will there be some game changing elements in Red Hood and the Outlaws that will bring big attention to them from the rest of the DCnU?

Thanks,

Shieldbearer

#45 Posted by ComicFan_13 (24 posts) - - Show Bio

Will there be any other characters to join the Outlaws? 

#46 Posted by Primmaster64 (21138 posts) - - Show Bio

Will I get to see Superman or/and Batman guest star in any of the books? And will Jason get a girlfriend?

#47 Posted by punkpuppy3 (178 posts) - - Show Bio

Is the eight member of the titans a boy or girl? How long is the N.O.W.H.E.R.E.arc? Love your books by the way :)

#48 Posted by Cyfin (5 posts) - - Show Bio

First off, I just want to say that I absolutely love all three of your books! You're dealing with two of my favorite characters in all of comics, Bart Allen and Jason Todd, and it's good to see that they're still everything I love about the characters, but you're also managing to breathe a new life into them in ways I didn't expect.

So, anyway, my question. You said that hormones will be raging in Teen Titans, and so Cassie will be having romantic relationships with Connor and Tim. I'm just wondering if Bunker will be in a homosexual relationship as well, and if so (you said we were allowed one follow-up!), will it be with a new character from his hometown or something, or an established character we already know? I'm hearing a lot of rumors that he may end up with Bart, since not much has been said about his love life, and I could see that working.

#49 Posted by Skaddix (3117 posts) - - Show Bio

Can we get any hints on this top secret 8th Teen Titan?

Any plans for another female to join the Outlaws?

Are we going to see a Gen13/DV8 ? I honestly think DV8 would make great teen agents for N.O.W.H.E.R.E not a more brutal bunch of teenagers around. Plus Threshold vs Superboy in a TK battle would be great.

#50 Posted by RareCheshire (190 posts) - - Show Bio

What is Essence's relationship with Jason? What exactly are her powers and abilities and when will we see more of her?

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