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Review: Titans #1

TNS_Cv1_dsAfter an old ally returns to the team, the Titans set their sights on a dangerous enemy with the power to change reality itself! But the Titans have never faced a threat this massive before, and with so much on the line, will they be able to stand united as a team? Or will their past mistakes be their undoing?

I wasn’t a fan of the Teen Titans when they headlined their own series in the past. I never read them, and because of that the friendly banter and history just isn’t there for me when it comes to these characters and this group. And because of that, much of the comic is a “meh” for me.

Written by Dan Abnett, I feel like this series plays a lot towards people who have a history with these characters and groups and who’ll enjoy seeing the band get back together. Without that, the comic bounces around a bunch, repeating a lot of what we know, but also moving the story along in a rather odd way. They now know some things of their past, so it gets them to follow leads that just don’t mean a whole lot to me. There’s a return of a classic villain though that is a cool reveal and I hope we see more of that as we move forward.

The art by Brett Booth with inks from Norm Rapmund is decent to look at and it matches the tone of Abnett’s writing quite well. There is a bit of 90s feel to it that I’m mixed on, but it fits the comic, so I’m not going to knock it too much. It’s just a bit of a throwback in some ways when the comic might benefit from an artist with a bit more of a kinetic feel.

If you’re a fan of the Titans, you’ll probably enjoy this first issue. For those who enjoy the greater mystery of who changed the world, this series may be key. For me, it’s just ok and was missing that special something that gets me excited to come back for more.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Norm Rapmund, Brett Booth
Story: 6.7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.8 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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