As Greg Pak takes over Teen Titans this month, he'll be focusing on the background of Cassie Sandsmark, the current Wonder Girl, and her connection to Wonder Woman.
Since DC's "New 52" initiative relaunched their comic book universe in 2011, the family of female characters with "Wonder" in their name have been rebooted — with new origins, new powers and new relationships.
Cassie, who's one of the powerhouse characters in Teen Titans, is no exception. No longer portrayed as a daughter of Zeus (as she was in her former incarnation), the character now gets her abilities from a powered armor and has a different dad -- with Wonder Woman now portrayed as Zeus' child.
How does that tie the two characters together? And how does that affect Cassie and the Teen Titans? Pak will explore the question of Cassie's background in "Who is Wonder Girl?" The storyline that starts later this month in Teen Titans #17. Newsarama talked to the writer to find out more.
Newsarama: Greg, you're leaving Action Comics after March's issue. Is that to make way for you to work on Teen Titans?
Greg Pak: Yep, yep, I'm doing a storyline for Teen Titans after Action Comics.
Nrama: It's quite a switch from Superman to a team of teenagers. Are you continuing the team that's currently in the book? Picking up from where December's issue left off?
Pak: We've got the same team, but we're doing a story that really focuses on Wonder Girl.
It's actually called, "Who is Wonder Girl?"
There have been some interesting hints about Cassie Sandsmark's background in the "New 52" and her relationship to another prominent DC character with "Wonder" In her name.
Nrama: Yeah, she's related to Wonder Woman now, isn't she? In the "New 52"?
Pak: We're going to explore that in this storyline.
And also, we'll see how that reverberates with all the other members of the Teen Titans.
It's a fun challenge. I actually haven't written that many team books during the course of my comics career. I'm always eager to jump in to new challenges, and this has been a fun one.
Nrama: Were you a fan of the Teen Titans? Or did you have to play catch up to learn about them before you started your story?
Pak: Both. I grew up reading comics when Teen Titans was one of the most exciting series in comics. So I was definitely aware of them. I actually loved and treasured the Teen Titans/X-Men crossover book that they did back in the day.
So yeah, I've known the Teen Titans a long time.
This is a new variation of the team, of course, with a different group of characters.
But we have some old school characters that people will recognize, including a Robin — actually Red Robin — and we've got Raven and Beast Boy among others.
Nrama: You said earlier that you're doing a "storyline" for Teen Titans. Does that mean you have something else lined up after that?
Pak: After that, we have secret things on the agenda that I can't reveal yet.