Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Review the DCnU: Teen Titans #1

Teen Titans is one of the books in the DCU that has seen many different incarnations of the team.  So it comes as no surprised that the team is being put together as a part of the new DCU.  What is odd though is the team is part of the new universe but this is the first time that many of these heroes are going to have met, erasing the countless relationships, friendships, and stories that fans have loved over the years, not to mention the further complicating of the fact that some of the character's history is not meant to have changed the much.

Teen Titans and characters
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by Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth


Teen Titans and characters
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I was curious to see what DC had planned to do with the Teen Titans under the DCnU banner being that pretty much a majority of the history of characters was going to be erased or changed.  The idea that many of these characters no longer have the relationship with the people that they were once sidekicks to is sad to me.  Sure Tim Drake is still the former Robin, but apparently in this universe Kid Flash is not related in any fashion to the Flash and Wonder Girl has never ever met Wonder Woman.

Teen Titans and characters
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Scott Lobdell followed a very similar pattern that he did with his other book, Superboy.  Essentially Lobdell loads the reader down with a ton of dialogue and material to read in hopes of feeling in the reader on what all is going on.  In this case most of the narrating is done by Tim Drake aka Red Robin.

Lobdell though does tie-in his two books together, introducing Superboy's potential role as well as establishing who N.O.W.H.E.R.E. is and what they have to do with all the teenage metahumans running around.

Teen Titans and characters
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Teen Titans and characters
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This first issue though really only introduces us to three of the Titans; Red Robin, Wonder Girl, and Kid Flash.  The book has a very fast paced action sequence mixed in with the intense amount of reading that is presented.  There is some established chemistry between Red Robin and Wonder Girl that is being set up. 

Booth's artwork really didn't do much to wow me.  The artwork is OK, but its nothing stellar or anything that sets it apart.  I do however like the new costume designs of some of the characters, specifically Red Robin's.  This is a far better get up then what they had him wearing prior to the DC reboot.  Here his outfit actually looks nice and instead of a cape he is now sporting actual wings.  Kid Flash's outfit seemed practical as well.

Teen Titans and characters
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I am looking forward to the story moving forward as some of the things that took place in Superboy are explored in more detail here.  Seeing where it appears that they are planning on going with the book is going to be an interesting read I can tell

GRADE OF NEW TITLE: The book really doesn't deserve a high rating.  I give the book a C+ simply because of the fact that while the book didn't give us much it wasn't horrible either.  The artwork, new costume designs aside, was really just sort of bland.  The story would have been better if Lobdell hadn't tried to force so much reading into it.  I think the book might have flowed better.

Teen Titans and characters
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WILL IT SUCCEED: The Teen Titans are one of the most popular books in DC and the team has been around for a long time seemingly long enough to have had enough different incarnations in the past that all four Robins had at one point served on the roster. This book has its fanbase and no matter what people are going to buy this book, its just one of those titles that will sell regardless.  The book is decent enough and has an intriguing enough of a first arc that its sure to wrap its hooks around a few readers to keep them coming back for more.

SHOULD IT SUCCEED:  I think it should. The book is not overly impressive but it does make for a good quick read.  The Teen Titans are popular characters and I think that regardless of being rebooted or not the characters deserve their chances to shine.

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