Thanks! "who goes where" changed several times. I even originally thought of doing Kid Flash holding Raven, a la "Terror of Trigon". But then I thought Judas Contract as the NTT's Dark Phoenix saga, so this made more sense.
I originally had Wonder Girl and Nightwing in back of Deathstroke, but that felt wrong. I brought them to the forefront. Where WG is is where Wolvie was in the original -- I tried Starfire there and then Raven there and neither worked.
I also started to add the trade dress like a cover homage, and then decided it was all distracting from the drama of the piece. Let the image speak for itself. I think it's much stronger that way.... it's a story about loss and loss of innocence.... and I wanted to capture how each of the Titans reacted to this loss. (Even Deathstroke, who cried when this whole thing fell down)
I think the final placement of everyone worked out for the best!
Wow! Thanks for telling me that. It's always good to hear the story behind the making of art.
If I recall that time in the Titans correctly, having Wally there would not have made sense, as he was not with the Titans at the time (which is why he was not abducted with the rest of them). Jericho first showed up in canon in this story, so he and Raven had not really met yet, but this is good foreshadowing for their future relationship. Therefore, I think it was a good choice on all counts.
The image does speak for itself. For those of us who know that story well, no words need to be added.
The whole Terra affair was bad for Slade Wilson, as Wintergreen would attest.
Well done! I always look forward to your art. Have a great weekend.
Awesome! The Perez Titans are rivaled as my favorite take only by the original Nick Cardy bunch, and this is a fantastic take on them!
Did you ever notice that the figures of Cyclops and Phoenix on this cover are almost exactly the same (the tilting of the head and all) as the Suoerman and Supergirl on the cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7?
The Pieta was a sculpture by Michelangelo depicting Mary holding the dead body of Christ. It has been the inspiration for countless comics as seen here... goodcomics.comicbookresources.… (And for the record, the X-Men cover predates Crisis by 6 years)
Thanks, that was really interesting! I have realized that this was the inspiration for all of the "holding dead teammates" covers. However, I still think that the two takes are EERILY similar, down to the stances and the tilting of the heads. I wouldn't want to think that he was directly SWIPING the cover, but it can't be a coincidence.