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Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day #1

Posted: Monday, May 19, 2003
By: Josh Stone

Writer: Judd Winick
Artists: Ale Garza (p), Trevor Scott (i)

Publisher: DC

The Titans and Young Justice are offered a large sum of money to work for a company called Optitron. The company wants the Titans and YJ to work for them so that they can get major tax write-offs. While all this is going on a robot thing is hopping from place to place draining the energy of other cyborgs. So, as the two teams are discussing the offer made to them the femme fatal robot teleports into the same room and attacks Titans member Cyborg. After a huge battle that leaves many heroes incapacitated, the robo-chick teleports away.

This book was great. Itís been too long since Iíve last read a Young Justice title and even longer since Iíve read anything about the ďTeen Titans.Ē Okay, it really wasnít that long for YJ, but it felt like it. I was a big fan of the Young Justice (I really miss Lilí Lobo) and was quick to have my local comic shop pull this title for me. Now I canít wait for the next issue, two weeks is too far away. DC has no problem putting out Green Lantern and Green Arrow comics back to back, why canít we get some continuous Titans/Young Justice action? Itíll be well worth the wait though.

Judd Winick delivers another great script with this book. To be honest, I never really knew who he was until I read his Exiles stuff, now he is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. Iím really excited for the Titans series to come out now. The dialogue in this issue was great, even the cyborg chick had good dialogue. Okay, maybe that was a bit of a stretch with the cyborg, but the writing was really good. Winick has a real knack at writing witty super-hero books (which just happens to be one of my favorite genres), and he proves it with this issue.

Likewise, the art was outstanding. Ale Garza is a very talented artist. I am really only familiar with his work on the new Gen13 series, but am a fan based on that. I really like his drawings of Nightwing, itís some of the best Nightwing art Iíve ever seen. I canít wait to see more of his art in the up coming issues, I really got to keep an eye out for his name now. Heís turned into one of those artists who Iíd buy a comic just because they are involved. Truth be told, there are not that many of those artist on my list, mostly writers sell comics for me.

Final Word:
A very well written and well illustrated comic. If you like YJ or the Titans, then youíre really going to enjoy this book. Sadly however, there is now Lilí Lobo, I kept out hope that just maybe theyíd bring the little guy back, but such was not the case. Either way, great book, on itís way to being a great mini-series.

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