DC’s solicitations yesterday revealed what seemed to be a cover for August’s issue of Teen Titans, but which DC’s The Source blog revealed to actually be the first page of #72…a coffin with the Titans’ logo on it. Now, leaving aside the fact that several of DC’s recent cover solicitations have featured formerly-dead Titans on the cover, thus calling into question the real “staying power” of deaths in the context of this team…I have to ask who’s left? I mean, it seems to me that just about any character that the average reader cares about on this team has been killed and/or brought back. I’d be willing to bet that if you go all the way back to Infinite Crisis, there’s been at least one Titan killed every six months…and so many killed in “event” stories that you could probably average it out to about one a month. With that kind of track record, and only about 1/3 of them being brought back from the dead, one has to wonder how The Titans will recruit new members.
Cyborg: We want YOU for the Teen Titans.
Some Random Teenage Hero Without A Monthly Comic Of Their Own: No way!
Cyborg: That’s the kind of enthusiasm we like to hear! High five! [Raises hand]
Some Random Teenage Hero Without A Monthly Comic Of Their Own: No, I literally mean that. “No. Way.” I’m not coming within 500 yards of that tower. I don’t need to be cannon fodder! Doesn’t matter how good I am, how powerful I am–I’ll end up in a pine box the next time some alien goes after whatever random hero I’m supposed to be a young proxy for!
Cyborg: …Oh. [Left hanging, waiting for the high five]
They’ve come to the point with Titans deaths that it’s almost like the X-Men/Force/Factor/whatever deaths of the late ’90s. It’s hard to take them seriously anymore becuase you know that before the mourning period is even over–sometimes before the coffin is lowered into the ground–the character will either come back or somebody else will die to trump it.