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Review: Teen Titans #1
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by Kenneth Rocafort and Dan Brown
The Teen Titans are back! Can Red Robin and the crew redeem themselves after the incredibly less than stellar run by Scott Lobdell and become the awesome team we know they can be? Meh, kinda the same really…
Kenneth Rocafort and Dan Brown knock this book out of the park with the art. I’ve always been a fan Rocafort’s work and this was the main reason why I decided to give this title a shot. He does not disappoint at all. Pfeifer also has the voices of the characters down decently well. Red Robin sounds like Red Robin and the same with most everyone else. This is, of course, with the exception of a few instances that will be explained below.
I’m not a fan of Will Pfeifer’s script at all. The Teen Titans are not good heroes in this book at all. It’s not even the “I’m just a teenage hero and I have no idea what I’m doing” type bad. In fact, the team was incredibly well organized and efficient. The issue is that there are more than a couple situations of people dying or almost dying that just don’t sit with me very well. Yeah, I get those people were also the bad guys, but I guess I still operate under the belief that a real hero makes sure everyone comes out alive or at least does everything in their power to do so. That does not mean throwing people off high speed buses and then not caring whether or not they survive. I also didn’t care about the villains at all. They had a very murky motivation that seemed pretty stupid honestly. One final problem with the script is the boardroom scene. It interrupts the action of the book and just ruins the flow of everything that follows.
I really wanted to like this book. I’m a fan of Rocafort’s work and the Teen Titans really needed a reboot after Lobdell’s fiasco with the title. Unfortunately, if this title continues with the same quality as this issue then it may need a reboot of the reboot. Teen Titans no go!
Overall: 2.5 Talking Bengal Tigers out of 5
Taylor: The Wicked + The Divine #2
All-Star creative team Keiron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie are back with the second issue of their new indie book, The Wicked + The Divine. Issue 1 did a lot to establish a captivating premise, a rich mythology, and engaging characters, and I’m excited to see them carry over that momentum into this second installment. And with Gillen and McKelvie in charge, I have confidence that the results will be outstanding.
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #2
story: KIERON GILLEN
art / cover: JAMIE MCKELVIE & MATT WILSON
JULY 18 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
Diabolically divine pop-god Lucifer is in trouble. She offers superfan Laura an unprecedented deal if she helps. It’s a bargain. A Faustian bargain, and they always turn out so well. Who knows who Laura will turn to fulfill it? We do. Clearly. It’s our comic. You can know too if you buy this fine pictorial narrative with your human money coins.
Gaumer: Teen Titans #1
I’m not even ashamed to say it: My name is Gaumer, and I’m a Teen Titans fan. But, I also have to admit that it’s been a whole lot of crap from this team of heroes since The New 52 began, and even though I’m still not getting Cyborg on my favorite union of underage uber-folks, finally, Beastboy is back. Yes, I know that he’s “been back” but now he is REALLY back! I can take or leave Bunker, but the rest of the Titans make for a great team, and Kenneth Rocafort’s art alone is worth the price of admission. Can’t wait for this one!
TEEN TITANS #1
Written by WILL PFEIFER
Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
BATMAN 75 variant cover
1:25 Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Raven, Bunker and Beast Boy step out of the shadows of the adult heroes of the DC Universe to offer bold, exciting and sometime dangerous ideas on how to protect a world full of superpowered teenagers – any one of whom could be the next heroic figure or major villain!
Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?