As a fan, the Marv Wolfman/George Perez New Teen Titans were my X-Men. When the masses were trying to show me Canadians with claws, I was trying to sign them to The Judas Contract.
Now, the book that has always been about change and making a mantle your own is about to do just that itself, this time boosted by Scott's formidable writing and the artistry of Brett Booth.
While it's hard not to worry about where Wally West has raced off to or where the most human of comic characters has gone with the absence of Donna Troy, I am feeling excitement towards the new crop of fresh and familiar faces, as I imagine the Titans fans before me did when they saw Raven rising out of that cover in place of Aqualad.
While the reboots of Wonder Girl, Kid Flash and Superboy in this series make it sad their recent adventures and relationships are heading for the can (as well as the idea there was ever a 'Young Justice'), having dissed X-Men: First Class prior to watching for a similar level of continuity fiddling, then singing it's praises after actually seeing it, I'm prepared now for a reoccurring motif.
How the histories of Starfire and Arsenal in Red Hood and The Outlaws (also a Lobdell book) and the soon to be role reclaiming Dick Grayson in the pages of Nightwing reveal their involvement in the refiggered Titans legacy also makes me itch, but it's now one I am eager to see unfold rather than scratch pre-September.
Geoff Johns has stated the open end of the League's first arc allows for Cyborg's Wolfman/Perez era to occur before the second arc ignites. Scott, for his part, has declared previous Titans groups did exist before those in issue one and that they will be respected. Surely as one of DC's Holy Grails New Teen Titans has to be chief among that?
Previously, I never thought Titans was in need of such a reboot and found myself initially skeptical - yet most of us knew the franchise wasn't in the best shape. While my mind lead more towards a reunion of the core Titans by a reliable team, this bigger wave making move has already succeeded by making more people talk about the team then retried roads would've, before even a whole issue can hit!
While I won't be following him onto Red Hood or Superboy due to budget, one of my personal DC 52 highlights is seeing Scott Lobdell at DC.
I fell for his style on Generation X, then Alpha Flight, Fantastic Four (of course), The Darkness and the highly over-looked mini-series The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix. But had you ever told me Scott would be writing for the other side of the fence, I would've referenced high flying bacon.
See? Everything about the Titans deals in 'change'. Writers and readers included.