Monday, July 24, 2006

Unexpected Announcements

One of the most surprising things to come out of the San Diego Comic Con (at least for me) was the announcement of a Terra miniseries.

It seems so completely and utterly random. Why is DC giving a character who hasn't had any major exposure recently a limited series? Are they trying to drum up some enthusiasm for the character? Perhaps she will be appearing in Teen Titans.

Perhaps the recent upping of Slade Wilson has also elevated all his tag-alongs. Deathstroke (The Terminator!) has been on a huge upswing lately. It seems to have served him better than his years as a "grim/gritty antihero." Nobody wants that.

On point: I have no problem with the idea of a Terra miniseries. Especially considering the creative team involved. Plus, the character really does have a lot of questions surrounding her. They've been there for years. The current Terra is a complete and utter enigma. Is she the original? Is she a clone? Someone else entirely? It's always been a mystery. Except that nobody seemed to care about finding the answer. Until now.


At 2:11 PM, Blogger Kevin Melrose said...

The timing doesn't quite sync, but ... the version of Terra that appeared in the Teen Titans animated series was fairly popular, plus there's the announcement of the Judas Contract direct-to-DVD movie. So maybe DC is setting her up for a larger role in the comic-book universe?

At 8:32 PM, Blogger adoglookingup said...

DC really seems to be aiming at a younger (and new) audience.

I wasn't able to get a copy of the Flash v3 #2, so I could be totally offbase, but if Bart really does become the main character I think a large part of the justification for the change will have been to get kids that read Impulse however long ago (who are now in their early 20's) to start buying a regular book that might have had an aging audience. Teenagers and post-college/pre-child adults have the most disposable income, so it makes sense that they'd like to try and change the demographics of a title in one fell swoop by taking a popular teen character (80 solo issues and about as many appearances in team books), aging him up to match the age of potential readers (in this case via a major crossover event) and then launching a title for him and hoping that the new audience is there. If you look at it that way it's very easy to see similarities to how Wally got his own book (popular teen character is 'matured' by the sacrifice of his mentor). In this case DC even hedged their bets by stashing Wally away rather than killing him off entirely.

Again, I haven't seen issue 2 and I'm clearly no expert, but it seems like the crises have been about changing reader demographics as much as simplifying the mythos for new readers.

And this Terra book (and Robin's recent uniform change?) seems like just another way to try and tie-in Teen Titans viewers (and Justice League viewers) with thier DC comics source.


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