DC Makes It Official - Titans New Series Replaces the Justice League
The Titans are replacing the Justice League as the premiere superhero team of the DC Universe in a new series releasing this March.
DC announced that a new series, simply named Titans, picks up after the events of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths and Nightwing #100. Tom Taylor, also the writer of Nightwing, will write the series while Nicola Scott (Wonder Woman: Historia, Earth 2) illustrates. Scott's cover art and a variant for Titans #1 by Simone Di Meo (Batman/Superman: World's Finest, Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods) reveals that the series will star the classic Teen Titans lineup of Nightwing, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, the Flash, Donna Troy and Beast Boy.
"The Dark Crisis is over and the Justice League is no more," DC's description of the new series reads. "Now, a new team has to rise and protect the Earth...TITANS! The time has come for the Teen Titans to grow up. Each member joined as a much younger hero certain that one day they’d be invited to join the Justice League. Now they’re not just joining the League...they’re replacing it! Are the no-longer-teen heroes ready for the big leagues? Danger lurks around every corner as superheroes and supervillains alike challenge the new team before they’ve even begun. Will the DCU ever be the same?"
From Sidekicks To Leaders
The Titans' ascension from a side team working in tandem with the Justice League to a complete League replacement marks the group's biggest evolution since Marv Wolfman and George Perez's work on The New Teen Titans. Still considered the ultimate Titans run, Wolfman and Perez's book reinvented the classic sidekick crew for a new era, served as one of DC's top sellers of the '80s, and frequently drew comparisons with Marvel's X-Men in terms of importance and popularity.
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths set the scene for the Titans' return to prominence by having the Justice League disband after a near-death experience at the hands of Pariah and his Dark Army. Nightwing #100 continued these story threads and featured Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman personally approaching Dick Grayson, asking him to take the lead in elevating the Titans to their new role. The issue ended with Nightwing and his teammates overseeing the construction of a Titans Tower in Blüdhaven.
The Titans' rise to the top of DC's ranks is one of the main pillars of "Dawn of DC," DC's newest story arc initiative, which kicks off this year. The first issue of Titans hits comic book stores on May 16.