The GeeksverseTeen Titans #3

Teen Titans #3
Published on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 by

Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Scott Lobdell
Penciled by: Brett Booth
Inked by: Norm Rapmund
Colored by: Andrew Dalhouse
Lettered by: Dezi Sienty
Cover Art: Booth w/ Rapmund & Dalhouse
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Editor: Bobbie Chase

This issue introduced a new character in the DCU. His name is Bunker and he’s already gotten some press. Bunker is homosexual, but more than that and what has gotten the press, was that he was going to be flamboyant. I’m already picking up Teen Titans, it got added to my pull, but the introduction of what could be a very controversal character got my attention.

Depending on how the character was handled, Lobdell who has already gotten alot of heat for his Starfire portrayal in Red Hood, could fall under even more fire. So how is Bunker?

We don’t get much of a case study in this issue. There are hints of his flamboyant personality, very small hints, but there’s nothing that really jumps out as all that out there. Except for a couple of words use, exquiste being one of them, there really isn’t anything that would even let us know that Bunker was gay if it already hadn’t been announced. When he says “Do you think something this exquiste- this perfect- happened by chance?”, that really is the only line that stands out to me that would identify him as gay. There are plenty of straight guys that would say something similar, but the wording would be different.

So with the brief example we have, Lobdell does a good job with Bunker. There’s enough examples that show off his personality, upbeat and kind of sassy, but nothing over the top. I was afraid that it would have been over the top, but so far Bunker works and if the rest of his appearances follow this one, he should end up being a good role model character.

The rest of the issue is pretty good. We see the various future members of the Titans moving the plot along. Really, the entire issue is set-up, moving the pieces along the board. But Lobdell does it well.

It’s highlighted by a two page spread showing off Kid Flash and has to be one of the better pages showing a speedster I’ve ever seen. Excellent use of all that a comic book has to offer: dialogue, art and lettering. Using the dialogue, one long sentence broken up over many different moments, shows us how fast KF is as he darts around the room doing various things. The layout of the art is great as Booth chooses to start KF off in the middle and move him around the page, further heightening the appearance of speed. Finally, the lettering does a great job, using numbers and arrows to direct us around the page. It’s a little unorthodox, the numbers and arrows, but the finally page is very well done.

Lobdell does good showing off bits of the personality of his cast. Each gets a little moment to shine and we get to know a little bit more about them. The appearance of the villian is a bit odd and feels very forced into the story. The villian’s dialogue is very corny, and Lobdell seems to know it, using Red Robin to poke a little fun. But aside from that short sequance, and Lobdell makes up for it the next page, the overall issue is well paced and laid out.

I’ve been a huge fan of Booth’s ever since his first work in Stormwatch. He does a great job with the characters, handling the different abilities as well as movements very nicely. It’s obvious he’s having some fun on this title as there are a couple of chuckle moments. The Wonder Girl page is a bit off though as the action and dialogue don’t lay out right. There’s too much dialogue between the two action panels, so it forces a set-up middle panel that ends up being jarring to the sequance.

Teen Titans #3 receives
4 out of 5

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