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TEEN TITANS #1 by Craig
October 15, 2011, 3:47 pm
Filed under: Comic Reviews, DC Comics | Tags: , , , ,

Like Justice League before it, Titan Titan’s #1 acts as an introduction to the Super-powered team – just a little younger. There are actually quite a lot of similarities between these two books, but TT does seems to come across with a little more heart.

I’m pleased to see that Scott Lobdell had done what I hoped he would when I read Superboy (see my review here) and linked these two books together. Both appear to be running parallel to one and other, so it’ll be interesting to see how the stories progress in each of the titles. Since he has his own title though, Mini-Supes doesn’t take centre stage in TT, instead it’s left to Red Robin to shine. No longer with his own series (as there’s plenty of Bat-books out there now) Teen Titans appears to be one of the only places you’ll get your Tim Drake fix – and it’s a good place to be.

Maybe it’s the big kid in me talking, but I quite enjoyed TT. It was exactly what I was looking for, a team book that doesn’t take itself quite as serious as Justice League. Similar in theme to JL, the book deals with the public’s reaction to superheroes, and in this case, how much more annoying they are when they are teenagers. Demonstrated by Kid Flash at the start of the issue, it’s obvious that these kids don’t know what they are doing, so who better to lead them than Timmy, since he’s had plenty of training from the best of the best.

Like Superboy, this title looks like it’s going to be pretty angsty, which is a nice relief from the extreme violence and graphic nature of titles like Red Hood and Voodoo, but it certainly isn’t going to be a “book for kids”. This is helped along nicely by the art from Brett Booth, someone who’s learnt a lot from his past working in Wildstorm with Jim Lee. His work is far from sloppy, with many pages rivalling what Lee has done in Justice League – check out Wonder Girl’s first costumed appearance as an example!

There’s a lot of promise for this book, and it’s a great accompaniment to Superboy. So long as the story stays interesting, I’ll keep this one on my pull list for now.

Craig @hastiecraig


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