June 1, 2011
dcu:

Read Johns and Lee spill the beans about yesterday’s universe changing news from DC Comics HERE.
While most of the creators and books to hit shelves in September are still “hush-hush”, CBR has a list of some of the books we will be seeing:

A new title starring Superman written by Grant Morrison.
Birds of Prey #1 - This new ongoing series will not feature the  work of longtime “BoP” writer Gail Simone. In fact, many  tried and  true approaches to books will be getting a second look at DC  in  September.
Teen Titans #1 - The new start for the teen team will be written by “Red  Robin” scribe Fabian Nicieza.
Justice Society of America #1 - Only one of a number of  current titles  that will welcome a creative team shift, the future of  the original  superhero team will apparently not involve current writer  Marc  Guggenheim.
Wonder Woman #1 - Don’t expect the recent changes from writer  J.  Michael Straczynski to stick when the Amazing Amazon sees another  new  #1 hit.
Green Lantern #1 - Even with a new #1, Green Lantern remains  in Johns’  hands, and readers can expect the effects of major crossovers  like  “Blackest Night” to stay in place moving forward.
Hawkman #1 - While fans have known a “Hawkman” series by James Robinson  has been in the works since the writer mentioned it on a panel at New York Comic Con, Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston has been reporting the rumor that the book will be drawn by “Batman & Robin” and “Outsiders”  artist Philip Tan.
Aquaman #1 - No surprises here. The already announced series  featuring  the sea king by Johns and Ivan Reis will be part of the  relaunch wave. 

This list gives us some clues to the type of DCU we’ll be seeing. Looking forward to see what other details emerge today…
 

FYI, FabNic has posted a message on the DC message boards that he will not be writing the new Teen Titans #1. 

Don’t believe anything based on rampant fan speculation.Don’t believe anything based on a unsubstantiated comic book web-site “reporting,” since often what you’re reading is just a big game of internet telephone (this site said this, then another site picked it up and butchered parts of it, then a 3rd site picked it up from the 2nd site and butchered it further, etc.)Prime example: I am not writing Teen Titans.So then, don’t believe anything specific until you hear it specifically from a verified DC source.

dcu:

Read Johns and Lee spill the beans about yesterday’s universe changing news from DC Comics HERE.

While most of the creators and books to hit shelves in September are still “hush-hush”, CBR has a list of some of the books we will be seeing:

A new title starring Superman written by Grant Morrison.

Birds of Prey #1 - This new ongoing series will not feature the work of longtime “BoP” writer Gail Simone. In fact, many tried and true approaches to books will be getting a second look at DC in September.

Teen Titans #1 - The new start for the teen team will be written by “Red Robin” scribe Fabian Nicieza.

Justice Society of America #1 - Only one of a number of current titles that will welcome a creative team shift, the future of the original superhero team will apparently not involve current writer Marc Guggenheim.

Wonder Woman #1 - Don’t expect the recent changes from writer J. Michael Straczynski to stick when the Amazing Amazon sees another new #1 hit.

Green Lantern #1 - Even with a new #1, Green Lantern remains in Johns’ hands, and readers can expect the effects of major crossovers like “Blackest Night” to stay in place moving forward.

Hawkman #1 - While fans have known a “Hawkman” series by James Robinson has been in the works since the writer mentioned it on a panel at New York Comic Con, Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston has been reporting the rumor that the book will be drawn by “Batman & Robin” and “Outsiders” artist Philip Tan.

Aquaman #1 - No surprises here. The already announced series featuring the sea king by Johns and Ivan Reis will be part of the relaunch wave. 

This list gives us some clues to the type of DCU we’ll be seeing. Looking forward to see what other details emerge today…

FYI, FabNic has posted a message on the DC message boards that he will not be writing the new Teen Titans #1. 

Don’t believe anything based on rampant fan speculation.

Don’t believe anything based on a unsubstantiated comic book web-site “reporting,” since often what you’re reading is just a big game of internet telephone (this site said this, then another site picked it up and butchered parts of it, then a 3rd site picked it up from the 2nd site and butchered it further, etc.)

Prime example: I am not writing Teen Titans.

So then, don’t believe anything specific until you hear it specifically from a verified DC source.

May 10, 2011
fyeahlilbitoeverything:

Tim, you don’t need to try so hard. We get it. You are 100 percent hetero. :P

 DC Comics: desperately trying to get you to believe that Tim Drake is in no way shape or form queer. And if you try to read something else into it, they will make sure to crush your soul.
Red Robin 23 preview! via CBR

fyeahlilbitoeverything:

Tim, you don’t need to try so hard. We get it. You are 100 percent hetero. :P

 DC Comics: desperately trying to get you to believe that Tim Drake is in no way shape or form queer. And if you try to read something else into it, they will make sure to crush your soul.

Red Robin 23 preview! via CBR

(Source: fyeahlilbit3point0)

March 31, 2011
"I think most 17 year olds would find Cass attractive (in a borderline masochistic way), but I don’t think that Tim thinks of her as a potential girlfriend. I think he’d be too scared to think of her that way.
And even if he did, he certainly won’t after the two things she does to him in #25"

Fabian Nicieza gives some, um, cryptic information on Cass’s appearance in Red Robin starting in #25. He was asked whether Tim finds Cass hot. (Why is that even a question? Yes, Cass is hot, No, he’s not attracted to her, she’s not his ~type~ should be the answer…) 

I am, um, a little nervous…

(Also, that link is to a DCMB thread. Just a potential warning)

March 15, 2011
Red Robin 21 preview

You know how Fabian Nicieza was like “Tim’s not gay!”??

Well, this preview page from Newsarama isn’t exactly clear on that front. I mean. For real. 

NOPE. NOT GAY AT ALL. 

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March 3, 2011

Soooooooooo OK. On the DC message boards for Robin, Fabian Nicieza is answering questions. 

And someone started a thread about their belief that Tim is gay. And a bunch of jerks came into the thread and were like nuuu he’s not, he’s had girlfriends, blah blah

SO I was like OK, but, etc., and pointed to thefallenblue's post of the Babs/Dinah moment, giving the link, and talking about the lack of prominent gay male characters in the DCU, etc.

And Fabian replied to the thread and said that people would read subtext into anything or find evidence of whatever they want, but that Tim is not gay. 

And after reading that I was just So Bummed. And then I went back and tried to politely talk to him, not even saying a “why not” at all, but just pointing him to Devin Grayson’s comments and left a message and then I went back to the board and the entire thread was deleted

So yeah. And before anyone starts with a “well, in canon, Tim has only dated women and never expressed an interest in men,” so Not the Point.  

So. IDK. Drowning my disappointment in martinis.

February 21, 2011

gailsimone:

Georgethecat: gailsimone: Who’re you supposed to be, T-Shirt And Jeans Girl?:…

gailsimone:

Who’re you supposed to be, T-Shirt And Jeans Girl?: Regarding Cass and Renee

fyeahlilbitoeverything:

fyeahlilbitoeverything:

gailsimone:

Guys, I KNOW you all want to see them return in a big way. I do, too!


It’s just not always easy to negotiate these things,…

Generally it simply means the character is being used elsewhere, or is in the planning stages of being used elsewhere. That is what I believe is the case right now, which is why I said this could be GOOD news. I just don’t know, I didn’t ask in this particular case.

Occasionally, but rarely, a character will be held back because DC or Marvel feels the character needs a break until they can bring them back in a big way…such as Aquaman, Hawkman, those sorts of situations. I don’t believe that’s what’s going on with Cass, I think it’s that she’s already earmarked for usage somewhere else.

Look, there’s nothing sinister here. Imagine that there’s a table, a big round table with hundreds of people sitting around it, and each person wants to color something. And in the middle, there’s a big basket of crayons, with one of each color. Imagine trying to coordinate that. That’s what’s going on at DC and Marvel every day.  You want to color something burnt sienna, damned if someone doesn’t get that particular crayon two seconds before you reach for it.

Sometimes you can share, and take turns, and sometimes someone decides to draw a huge pink elephant and has to have the pink crayon for the entire coloring session.

That’s what the companies are like with the characters. No one is deliberately trying to keep the characters away from readers who love them. But sometimes, the color you want is in other hands for a while.

I hope that makes sense!

That does make sense and thanks for answering thoroughly, Gail. I appreciate it.

I do know Fabian Nicieza has taken over re-introducing Cass and will be continuing to do so in issues 22-25 of Red Robin, if I recall correctly. So that’s my guess as to why she might be “taken.” I have a lot of faith in Fabian, he’s a wonderful writer and I don’t think there’s anyone better who Cass fans could ask for in re-introducing the character. He seems to get all of the Batfamily, including Cass and Jason, two characters a lot of writers don’t seem to “get,” and I’ve noticed he remembers to include them, if even just in a brief mentions.

January 11, 2011
More on Cassandra Cain

Well, not really. I asked a bunch of questions and didn’t get any answers. C’mon Fabian, give me something to work with!!!

Hi Fabian! 

Myself and other fans have been eagerly anticipating what’s next for Cassandra Cain and I know you’ve said your plan is to lay a solid ground for her and get her established in a supporting role in Red Robin. :)
Can you divulge to us any more of those plans? Will she be working as an operative of Tim’s? On her own? Will she be working as a Bat(wo)man for Batman, Inc.? Should we look for an interview soon with CBR or Newsarama about your plans for her? 
I guess as fans we are excited to get any information and confirmation with regards to what is happening soon and for the future for Cass. 

Thanks again! 

In order: 
No 
No 
No 
No 
No 

:-)

— fn 

Ahhhhhh why must you be so cryptic, my heart it is breaking…. 
OK, OK, I have the utmost faith you’ll do right by her, so I’ll just be eagerly awaiting the next issues of Red Robin.

I just said no a lot there. 

Some of those might have been maybes. 

— fn 

I just replied with an: Ahhh you’re killing me. Which ones???

November 17, 2010
FabNic answers some q’s on Cass and Jason

Questions from me! 

»So I’m just going to start off with the questions: I think one of the concerns from fans is that this Cassandra appearance was “a bone” thrown to them. So having said that, will we see more of her in Red Robin? Or, if you can say, at all? « 

I’m honestly not in the bone-throwing business. I put Cass in Red Robin because I wanted to stake a claim to the character, try to establish a status quo for her and use it to seed down-the-road Red Robin stories. 
As I’ve said before, here or elsewhere, I can’t even remember which, I currently plan to have Cass appear again in RR in the Spring. 

» I was fairly disappointed as a fan not to be able to read both her and Jason’s reactions to Bruce’s return, since their reactions to his “death” seemed so extreme. Do you have any idea whether we’ll see Jason in the pages of Red Robin soon —- or anywhere else for that matter, if you can say or hint? « 

I don’t know the current plans for Jason. I’d have him appear in Red Robin in a second if I could. I’ll probably have lunch with my Bat-Bosses in early December and get an update then… 

— Fabian 

Oh FabNic, you are such a class act. <3

September 25, 2010
FabNic drops some hints about the return of Cass Cain

Up at Newsarama here! 

And as clever readers of the title have guessed, December’s Red Robin #17 may see the return of yet another Bat-character: former Batgirl Cassandra Cain.

Nrama: We’ve seen the upcoming solicitations for Red Robin, and the announcement that the comic will have a surprise guest star when Tim’s in Hong Kong in Issue #17. Anything you can tell us about who he’s meeting?

Nicieza: Someone he knows in Hong Kong.

Nrama: Very funny.

Nicieza: Seriously, it’s not too big a secret or surprise if you’ve read the book — the character’s name was listed on one of Tim’s computer screens, but because of who this character is and what’s gone right and wrong for this character the last few years, we want it to be a quiet reintroduction into the family of titles through a no-pressure opening scene. I think it’s a really good scene the character appears in, and Marcus To absolutely knocked the scene — and the entire issue — out of the park. I mean, a moon shot who gave this kid steroids knocking it out of the park!

I have plans to bring this oh-so-mysterious character back to the book again a few months from now, but for now, let’s just let it play itself out in print rather than on message boards (for a change of pace).

August 7, 2010
Jan and Cindy Brady: The relationship between middle brothers Tim Drake and Jason Todd

A fan recently posited that in order to be a fan of Jason Todd you must not like Tim Drake and vice versa. 

I think that’s absolutely not true. I happen to like both characters and know of many others who do as well. In fact, I think once you become a fan of these two middle brothers, you can see there’s a lot of potential, sadness and complexity in their relationship.

As we know, Tim came into the fold only after proving himself worthy of being Robin, but had to prove himself to a man who had just lost his son/soldier in battle and was deeply, deeply grieving. As Tim starts out in the Robin role, he often talks to Jason’s memorial case, telling the ghost that he thinks his predecessor’s a hero and talking out the clues he’s currently working on. Still early on in his career, Tim tells Nightwing on a “train-training”* outing that he thinks about Jason all the time. That’s enough to make a new Robin and young teen crimefighter insecure, isn’t it? 

And then along comes the Hush storyline and a faux Jason** kidnaps Tim. Jason calls Tim an “imposter, a pretender.” Jason taunts Batman by threatening to slit Tim’s throat. However, none of the Batfamily knows that this was actually the real Jason in that moment. (It should be noted that it’s really hard to place current Jason in proper context in this scene as it was written to be Clayface and only retconned to be actual Jason years later.)

The next time Tim and Jason meet is in Teen Titans tower, where Jason goes out of his way to prove Tim’s worth. Tim knows what Jason has been doing and tells him he’s been cleaning up Gotham the ‘easy way.’ They fight and Jason has some really good moments in this, but now in terms of their relationship, all Tim has ever seen is violence from the predecessor he used to idolize. So, talk about fallen idol for Tim, right? 

Then we come to Robin, as written by Fabian Nicieza. Jason reaches out to Tim and Tim rejects the kind of questionable way Jason wants to save Gotham. Then when they meet again in the Batcave so Jason can see Bruce’s last message to him, Jason reaches out to Tim again. And once again, Tim rejects him. Now, remember: at this point, Bruce is gone, believed to be dead. In a very short span of time, Tim lost his father, his girlfriend (Steph), and two of his best friends. (Steph, Kon and Bart are all back now…) And now he’s lost the man who was his not only his father figure, but also his adoptive father, mentor and idol. Tim was not really in a good place to accept Jason reaching out, which is what makes their relationship a really sad one. Because then Jason fell apart completely and we have the events of Battle for the Cowl, in which Jason stabs Tim with a batarang and Tim beats Jason with a crowbar. (I know, don’t even get me started. Those weren’t funny, but rather terrible echoes of how Jason was killed and Tim’s dad was killed).

Yet, still, despite all of the goings on and everything that’s happened, Tim still refers to Jason as the Jan Brady of their family. And calls himself Cindy, to boot. Which shows, yes, Tim still continues to view Jason as very much a part of the family.

Recently I asked Fabian Nicieza, writer of Robin and now Red Robin about his thoughts on Tim and Jason’s relationship. I feel Fabian has written both characters (actually pretty much all the Bat-characters) well, and he will hopefully continue to write Red Robin for some time. The question I asked is here, and here’s what Fabian said in reply:

I think since the depiction of their relationship since Jason’s return has been handled by so many different writers, many of whom were missing the pulse of Jason’s difficult character to write (a pulse only Judd, IMO, has his finger firmly on), making the entire run of their relationship is pretty hard to judge. 

I think Tim thinks that Jason has been dealt a really raw hand. I think he would have given Jason the benefit of the doubt a lot more than he might now. The truth is, I tried to write a moment where Jason MIGHT have taken the right course when he went to the cave to hear Bruce’s last will in #183. Right then and there, Jason was asking — as much as he could — to stick around and maybe work things out — but it was Tim who rejected him. 
Had I a chance to write Battle for the Cowl, I think I would have stressed that aspect of their failed relationship (along with Tim and Dick’s conflicted lack of trust and guilt) a bit more than simply a “fight” for the cowl. 

As it is, it’s hard for me to discuss too much since I don’t have “control” over Jason and can’t really dictate the terms for his development on his own, much less within the Red Robin book. 

I look forward to the chance to write him again in Red Robin, but I don’t know right now when that will be. 

— fabian 

Fabian knows these characters really, really well. I mean he’s pretty much a self-professed Tim Drake and Dick Grayson fanboy (Though I think he likes all the Batkids, and he certainly seems to write them well). It’s interesting that he brings up Tim and Dick’s “guilt” in regards to Jason. I think that guilt can be equated to the fact that they too want to “save”*** him and want him back in the family, but perhaps feel as though they aren’t doing enough to achieve those means. They’re just sort of pushing it aside and making it so that Jason is Bruce’s problem, not theirs. 

And yes, I absolutely wish Judd Winick, who was initially supposed to write Battle for the Cowl, or Fabian could have written it. I think we could have gotten a much better characterization on all three boys and perhaps, a much better story in general. 

So now Tim is wearing Jason’s old Red Robin costume. He put it on in order to see things from the other side. So it will be interesting to see where their relationship goes from here. 

*Dick actually took Jason on a “train-training” outing, too, in Nightwing: Year One. 

**Initially it was believed to be Clayface the whole time, but then we later learned through a retcon in Batman Annual 25 it was the actual Jason and Clayface switched later on. On a sidenote, I remember reading Hush a few years ago and being relieved it wasn’t Jason as I didn’t want Jason to be a villain. 

***Jason on the other hand would laugh and say, “Be saved? Be saved from what?!”

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