The GeeksverseTeen Titans #1

Teen Titans #1
Published on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by

Written by: Scott Lobdell
Penciled by: Brett Booth
Inked by: Norm Rapmund
Colored by: Andrew Dalhouse
Lettered by: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Art: Brett Booth w/ Norm Rapmund & Andrew Dalhouse
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Editor: Bobbie Chase

Like Justice League, Teen Titans appears like it’s going for the slow build as by the end of this issue we only have two Titans together and they haven’t even formally agreed to be a team. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does leave a lot to be desired and the publisher is banking on people being interested in just these two characters and the cliffhanger ending which isn’t really much of a cliffhanger.

When does Titans take place? Is it present day? Which leads to lots of other questions and loads of confusion. Was there a prior Titans team? Why did Tim Drake stop being Robin and become Red Robin?

And how did he get the mask on well he was falling?

This wasn’t Lobdell’s best work. The plot is fairly by the numbers and very cliched. Red Robin basically pulls the “come with me if you want to live” and “together we can surive, alone we can’t” concept straight out of the book. There are a couple of funny moments, the home school joke being the best, as well as some genuine decent moments. But overall there’s alot of cliche to the story. Lobdell is definately not trying to forge new ground with this title.

Lobdell’s Red Robin is decent. Tim still has his confidence and but a bit more “devil may care” and “swashbuckler” then prior to the new 52. Previously Tim Drake was very serious, almost Batman-like in his seriousness. There’s alot more Nightwing to this character then prior incarnations. Fabian Nicieza was originally announced as writer and I find myself wishing that he had been on the project as I think it would have turned out better.

I’m a huge Brett Booth fan. I’ve always loved his work since his first work way back in Stormwatch (original series) #4 and 5. This issue had the same clean and energetic pencils I’ve come to expect. Good and solid work.

There was a very weird panel though, when the fake “cop” goes to attack Cassie. It’s the one where the mysterious woman shows up. The trees appeared out of no where and it looks awkward. I have a feeling that the issue had already been drawn and then they were told they had to include the woman and the end result just looks odd.

Teen Titans #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

Very cliched story with excellant art. I’m a fan of most of the characters so I’ll be sticking through with this one even if the story wasn’t really enough to grab me.

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