Review: Teen Titans #1

Written by Scott Lobdell, Art & Cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund

Solicitation Info (from Previews): Tim Drake, Batman’s former sidekick, is back in action when an international organization seeks to capture, kill or co-opt super-powered teenagers. As Red Robin, he’s going to have to team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and the hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash to stand any chance at all against a living, breathing weapon with roots in another world! They – along with a few other tortured teen heroes – will be the Teen Titans in this new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDC.A.T.S, Uncanny X-Men) and artist Brett Booth (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)!

Bias: I’m rather excited about this title. I’m curious to see how the global conspiracy kidnapping super powered kids fits in to the DCnU. Unfortunately, Red Hood and the Outlaws has dimmed my enthusiasm somewhat, as both titles looked pretty and have the same writer. Hopefully he does a better job here than in that title.

What I liked: The artwork was great – a lot more refined than the previews indicated it would be. The story begins with Red Robins investigation already underway – but this allows the story to get right to the meat of starting to gather the team together, which is a definite plus. Mostly, this was an introduction to some of the core characters, and to show us that there’s a bad guy organization tracking down the teen heroes.

What I disliked: I’m getting old. I know this because this comic felt like a teenie-bopper, shown-on-the-CW action TV show. In other words, it was well done, but was decidedly not my thing.

Verdict: I’m dropping this title.

As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.

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  1. Red Robin wasn’t treated badly, though when he first showed up I wasn’t so sure. When we first see him, he’s in a penthouse in the Lex Towers, which means he was working for Lex Luthor (I thought maybe he was just “borrowing” the penthouse, but then, he had a picture of him and Batman on the counter – I somehow doubt that Lex Luthor keeps that there). I’m not so sure he’s still working for Lex, though, given that Lex probably wouldn’t agree to his penthouse being blown up… My favorite bit with him was when Wonder Girl asks, “You were homeschooled, weren’t you?” His internal response? “What does that have to do with anything?” (Brilliant strategist and computer hacker, but not so good with the social skills, this one.)

    Kid Flash kinda got dumped on: he tried to help out at a house fire, only to make the situation worse, get blown out of the building and knocked out, and then accused of ducking his responsibility (the firefighters and reporters both assumed he just ran off rather than face the consequences of his actions). Poor kid’s got some bum luck, but that fits Kid Flash. His costume is scrapped together (unlike what we see on the cover), but that’s got me wondering: who is this Kid Flash? Is he Wally? Bart? The comic never tells us. He certainly doesn’t seem to be from the future, but there’s really no telling with the limited information they’ve given us so far…

    I couldn’t decide if Wonder Girl was acting like Superboy when he first showed up (pre-Flashpoint Superboy, I mean), or if her belligerence was due to a falling out with Wonder Woman (causing her to want to distance herself as far from the name as possible). I’m hoping it’s the latter…

    I think mostly because he has his own title to indicate what’s going on with him, Superboy only showed up for one page (the very last one), and didn’t have any dialogue at all.

    The other characters on the cover haven’t yet been introduced in the comic, so there’s nothing to discuss about them, though upcoming covers show them, so we know they’re soon to join.

    As for the mysterious, hooded woman from Flashpoint #5, she appears on the far right of the top panel on page 18.

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