Review: Teen Titans #9

TT_Cv9_54ff2be05517b4.02293876On the run with Superboy, the Titans must uncover the truth behind the Boy of Steel’s crimes – or they all might end up serving time with their former teammate.

What the hell is going on here? I stopped reading Teen Titans long ago, and did check out the first issue of the latest volume, but stopped after that.

With story by Will Pfeifer, and art by Kenneth Rocafort, Teen Titans #9 attempts to move along the story that’s been going on in the series, and also trying to catch up new readers as to what’s going on at the same time. That’s a tough thing to juggle too, and while there’s a little success, overall the issue is dragged down by what’s come before, it’s just not new user friendly.

Superboy is accused of genocide, the team of Red Robin, Bunker, Gar, Raven, and some character named Chimera are hiding out. But, heroes do what heroes do and are found out. In rushes Star Labs and their team of Wonder Girl, Power Girl, Kid Flash, Klarion, and Guardian? What happened that caused the split with Wonder Girl and Kid Flash? How did Klarion get on this team? I missed all that, which just made me more focused on what I missed than what was in front of me.

The concept though seems interesting and fun. The team’s on the run, being hunted down by friends, accused of something they may or may not have done. It’s nothing new plotwise, but there’s still something about it that makes it work.

The art is pretty solid. I’ve been a Rocafort fan for quite a while now. There’s absolutely issues in his style, but for me it’s appealing and has a very distinctive look to it. He does especially well when it comes to motion and getting the eye to move, something I’ve loved of his since he did Velocity years ago. Most of the issues is his classic style, there’s some spots here and there that the art was off, Power Girl’s pose at the end is an example.

The issue might have been more entertaining for long term readers, but unfortunately I’m not one. It felt like I was thrown into a sequel, and had no idea what happened in the previous film. Overall, not a bad issue, but not one that gets me excited to jump into it.

Story: Will Pfeifer Art: Kenneth Rocafort
Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review