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Teen Titans #1

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2003
By: Jason Cornwell



Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Mike McKone (p), Marlo Alquiza (i)

Publisher: DC

Plot:
As the various members of the recently disbanded Young Justice (Robin, Superboy, Wonder Girl & Impulse) find themselves being contacted by former members of the New Teen Titans, we see the offer is made to these young heroes to gather on the weekends to spend time together & learn how to be a better heroes, under the guidance of the older members of the Titans (Cyborg, Beast Boy & Starfire). The issue ends with the four younger heroes accepting the offer.

Comments:
Following in the wake of what I found to be one of the more shoddily constructed miniseries ever put out, this book had a bit of an uphill battle to fight, as in essence the material had to detail why these characters would agree to come back together after the miniseries had made an active effort to break the group apart. Basically this opening issue does a fairly decent job of conveying the sense of discomfort, and reluctance to get back together, and there's also a wonderful little moment between Robin & Superboy that does a very strong job of reminding the readers that Young Justice was more a gathering of friends than a team that assembled to wage a war on crime. Now the principal members of that group have gotten back together, as Robin, Superboy, Wonder Girl & Impulse are brought into the fold, and they are joined by three members of the Wolfman/Pérez era who were largely inactive for the better part during the previous Titans relaunch, and since I'm a big fan of both Cyborg & Beast Boy, I have to say I'm delighted to see them active in the DCU once again. I do have to say that Beast Boy's little exchange in the garden with Wonder Girl was a bit creepy, given she is shown the still be in school and as such is still a minor. Still, with a cast littered with so many characters that I'm delighted to see as active players, this book would have to work really hard to leave me disappointed.

Mike McKone has never really convinced me that he's a reliable monthly artist, as even during his recent run on the "Exiles" there was a few too many guest art issues than I would like to see. However, his art is very strong when it comes to it's figure work, and his work tells the story in a very easy to follow manner. In fact one has to love the scene where Superboy decides school simply isn't for him, and the double-page shot of San Francisco is every bit as impressive as one would hope it would be. The new Titans Tower is also quite strong.

Final Word:
I'm a bit worried when ever writers start using the word mature when they desribe their plans for Impulse, as while I realize every character has to grow up, Bart's ability to rush blindly into a situation without giving it much thought has always been one of his more endearing qualities, and I'd hate to see this character aspect lost completely, especially if it's replaced by a serious-minded angst filled rountine that results from his impulsiveness having been the cause for another's suffering. Still this opening issue does have Bart in a rather happy mood, that is somewhat tempered by the moodiness of his teammates. I also have to make mention of this issue's 30 page count, for what I'm guessing if the book's regular price, as it's always nice to get the feeling that you're getting more bang for your buck. The book also does some strong work playing up the idea of why these characters are being brought together to form this new team.



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