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Sunday, July 06, 2008 

Winick may be taken off of Titans

In The Beat's latest sales analysis, besides the news that DC sales are down still, I think there's signs that the "creative" team on the current Titans volume may be getting replaced:
...DC seem to have decided that the book needs a change of direction; or that’s what I infer from their delay and resolicitation of issue #5, whose description, creative team and cover image have been changed. Issue #4 has also been pushed back a month, meanwhile.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that they’re changing their minds in this fashion recently. Since last month alone, a new round of impending creative changes on Titans, The Flash, Batman and the Outsiders, Robin, Supergirl and Green Arrow/Black Canary have been confirmed, and there are rumors that Legion of Super-Heroes is in for a new writer as well - all titles which had been manned with new creative personnel only recently.

Now, for all I know, there may be a good reason for this type of management. But surely, they’re aware that things look beyond ridiculous at this stage, right? For that matter, this doesn’t seem like a particularly comfortable environment for creators to work in, either.

Whatever’s going on at DC right now, it doesn’t inspire much confidence that they know what they’re doing.
Indeed it doesn't, though if they do get rid of pretentious writers like Winick, that'd be a positive step. And yet at the same time, they're right that DC has otherwise made it uncomfortable, and near-impossible, for a lot of writers to work with them, because of editorial mandates that make it impossible to do anything inspiring with their cast.

The sales for Titans have dropped considerably since the debut issue, and with the way it's been panned for its threadbare story that inexplicably brings back Trigon with considerable holes in the continuity structure, I guess that's why they decided they'd have to replace Winick. If they do, that'll be a blessing. On the other hand, if they were bring back writers like Chuck Dixon, and assign him to the books Winick's been writing, that too would be a step in the right direction.

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