DC Comics announced to retailers the night before Emerald City Comic-Con that the Earth One line would be receiving a major boost after not being seen in 2013. First up is Teen Titans: Earth One, coming from Jeff Lemire and Terry & Rachel Dodson on November 19, 2014. Then 2015 will definitely see Superman: Earth One vol 3 from J. Michael Straczynski and new artist Ardian Syaf, and Batman: Earth One from Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette’s Wonder Woman: Earth One is also still in production, but doesn’t have a release date (or even a definite release year) announced yet.
In an extended conversation about the line with CBR’s Albert Ching, co-publisher Dan DiDio said the Earth One line is “very important” to the company for its unique “style and pace” compared to their monthly comics.
As for each book, DiDio stressed that Teen Titans: Earth One was a case of finding the perfect creators, and that Lemire’s experience in graphic novels allowed them to produce that on an accelerated timetable. it is “the only Earth One book you’ll see in 2014,” though, and will start what they hope to be a “one a quarter” release, implying that Superman: EO v3, Batman: EO v2 and Wonder Woman: EO will come out one every three months or so after Teen Titans in November. The co-publisher praised Shane Davis for “setting a really high bar” on Superman, but said that the artist was under contract with another company when they wanted to go into production on the third volume and Ardian Syaf “seemed the best choice.”
DC Comics is also “considering a couple of other key franchises” for Earth One treatment, but want to get these four out first.
In a second interview with writer Jeff Lemire, the writer revealed he’s actually “been done with this book for over a year.” The book is exciting for him, going back to his graphic novel roots and telling “one big story with a beginning, middle, and end – almost like a film.” The big twist to this version of the Teen Titans is that they won’t be sidekicks - and in fact, “in this world, adult superheroes don’t exist yet. There is no such thing as a sidekick.” Lemire said that choosing the team was “one of the hardest things to decide,” but ultimately went with a roster of Cyborg, Changeling (aka Beast Boy), Starfire, Raven, and Jericho. While he didn't mention her as on the roster in the interview, Terra is very clearly on the cover DC Comics released, as well.
While he didn’t talk much about the story with those characters, he did hint that Starfire has “a lot of mystery all around her” that is central to the book, and that Raven is also “key to the plot.” Jericho, perhaps the most surprising member, will have the link to his father.
”Jericho has always been someone that I really liked in the Wolfman/Pérez stuff. His power set is really cool, and I loved his link to Deathstroke – we'll just leave that as a hint,” the writer teased. “Will we see [Deathstroke]? Yes. Is he the archenemy? You'll have to wait and see. He's different in this world, but he's there. It's not the Slade Wilson you're used to. He has different motivations than the DCU's version of the character -- completely different. Where he goes may actually be the most surprising.”
Lemire also teased that he has a planned trilogy for the story, and hopes to be approved to do the second and third volume provided the first is successful.