Teen Titans #1 Review

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.


Teen Titans #1 was not what I expected. Now, I hope the sniffers out there can forgive me, but my only exposure to the Teen Titans had been through the TV show. This wasn’t what I got. First of all, Teen Titans has been the beneficiary of a proper reboot.

The first issue deals with the unfortunately named Red Robin (Yum), also known as Tim Drake. Drake, who was the third Robin, begins the process of assembling a team of young superhumans. These teen titans, if you will, are being assembled to combat the shadowy force called N.O.W.H.E.R.E., which is hell-bent on kidnapping young superhumans. I know that forming a team of kidnap targets to fight the kidnappers is a bit convenient, but it works here. The comic is helped out by the wonderful pacing and interesting (so far) characters. It’s true that the four I’ve seen so far are kid versions of regular DC heroes. There’s Red Robin (Yum), who is a young Batman, Wonder Girl, who is a young Wonder Woman and hilariously hates the name Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, who seems to have the same powers as the Flash, and Superboy, who is completely original and not the young version of any superhero.

The plot is pretty standard stuff, but well done, and the same can be said for the art, which is regular superhero comic art. Like I said, the writing was good and serviced the story well. There are no real surprises here, except for one. This book was written by Scott Lobdell, and there were no terribly slutty, bendy female characters and not a hint of vaguely misogynistic female sexuality. In short, there was nothing offensive in this comic. I don’t know if Lobdell is a good author who wrote one bad comic, or a bad person who can write the occasional good comic. I hope Lobdell isn’t a Card-carrying misogynist (see what I did there?), and this book seems to support that hope.

I don’t think that Teen Titans reinvents the wheel, and I don’t think it needs to. It is an interesting story, with the potential for some cool group dynamics. I think I might stick around and see where this one goes.


Last modified on Friday, 21 June 2013 01:34

Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

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