Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Teen Titans Rebirth #1

   The usual schtick for the first issue of a team comic is to show us how the team comes together.

   But for this Rebirth issue, the Teen Titans are taking a different approach - it introduces each hero individually.

   And what an odd team it is, including a brash, self-centered Changeling (what, he's going by Beast Boy again?), a definitely-not-teenaged Starfire,  a mysteriously young Raven, the "I have no idea how old he is) Kid Flash, and the son of Batman version of Robin.

   And that's all you get here in the story written and drawn by Ben Percy and Jonboy Meyers.

   There are some nice character beats and a few good twists, but it's a pretty thin slice.

   The problem seems to be the fact that there are two "Teen Titan" comics now - one starring the classic team, now grown into the Titans, and a (mostly) younger group of heroes.
   So the trick is in how you divide up the characters. Cyborg is off to the Justice League, and the classic team is now grown up (at least in terms of years). This book gets the pint-sized version, though I have no idea why Raven is just a child - yet camp able!

   I really think DC would be better advised to focus on building one great comic, using these amazing characters - a street version of the Avengers).

   The series isn't bad, and it's way too early to make a judgement - but here's hoping for clearer storytelling in the future, and maybe a joke or two.

Grade: B-


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