Wow, when you get behind, you get behind. I’ve been doing so many Marvel comics lately that I realized I have DC titles I need to review and one of the first ones I took a look at was Teen Titans, only to realize that, as I write this, I’m 12 issues behind! I did a review of the first 5, so expect to see a bunch of reviews for this title as I catch up.
Anyhow, Teen Titans was one of my favorite titles, probably my favorite DC title, back in the 80s and although it’s gone through a lot of ups and downs, and I’ll explain a little of that below the fold, I try to keep up on it, maybe just for nostalgia purposes, so here goes my take on the first arc of this new(est) incarnation.
While I was generally happy with the first story arc, I must say this was a little underwhelming and maybe that’s because I’m only reviewing two issues. The story continues in the Teen Titans Annual, which I’ll be doing a separate review of in a couple of weeks. This seemed to be a bit of a step back, where the Titans get to celebrate their victory and we get to see more of the character side for Raven and Beast Boy. I’m not complaining about that, I like Raven and Beast Boy, but honestly, not much interesting happens in these two issues. It’s clearly just a set up for the annual.
There is just too much talking here and not enough action. I’m not sure if Will Pfeifer just likes to write dialogue for the Titans or what, but they’ve got too much to say about essentially nothing and I find that problematic. I mean, the characterization is fine, but this is all tell, no show and nobody tunes in to a superhero comic to see the characters chat about the weather. And unfortunately, Kenneth Rocafort doesn’t bring his A-game, the artwork is lackluster and dull, which combined with a boring story, makes for a real slog through the issues.
That said though, I’m going to keep reading the book, after all, it’s clear this was just filler to get to the Annual and maybe after that, things will pick up again. If the first arc hadn’t been so good, I might feel distressed about the title, but after a really good start, I’m willing to be a bit lenient.