'Teen Titans' redesign 'meant to be drastic'
Published Jun 12 2011, 14:04 BST | By Tom Ayres DC Comics
artist Brett Booth
has claimed that the drastic new look for Teen Titans
was an intentional decision to try and make the series stand out from the rest of DC's revamped titles.
Following the conclusion of Flashpoint
, DC will relaunch its entire comic line
, rebooting many character origins and designs.
The cover to Teen Titans
#1 suggests that the title's team members will be among the most affected.
The new series will be penned by former Uncanny X-Men
writer Scott Lobdell with artwork from Booth and Norm Rapmund, and features a cast including Teen Titans
mainstays Robin, Superboy, Kid Flash and Wonder Girl, as well as two new unknown characters.
"I was sort of told they wanted the new designs to be different," Booth told Newsarama
. "Scott wanted really different so I went about attempting to do that. Each character sort of evolved on its own."
Perhaps the character who seems to have changed the most is Tim Drake, who remains under his Red Robin alias but now appears to have wings as part of his costume.
"Scott wanted wings [because] he wanted the character to actually not get left behind all the time," Booth continued. "The wings are more for gliding; he has some small jets on his back that can give him short bursts of power."
The artist explained that Superboy's design included gloves as a nod to the character's look during the '90s, and that Wonder Girl had been the hardest look to decide on.
Booth refused to reveal any details about the two new characters, but suggested that fans should look out for several Easter eggs in the series' first issue.
In addition to Teen Titans
, DC is also launching several other titles starring its younger superheroes including Legion of Superheroes, Legion Lost and Static Shock
#1 launches in September.