So this month we did not get a continuation for our current Teen Titans storyline based in the present time. This one, we travel five years into the future, along with every comic this September for Future’s End! Now that the over dramtic-ish opening is over, onto the review!
I loved this issue. It’s tied at #1 for me, tied with Batgirl (let’s face it that one was awesome) and honestly it shocked me altogether. I did not see that all of the heroes except for Heretic (shocking he’s even on a hero team after what happened with Damian) and the newest member, Animal Girl, whose real name is Alexia Santos. While not a whole lot is known about her, I honestly thought she was Maxine Baker (Animal Man’s daughter) in disguise.
The Good: The best part about the comic was seeing a few characters we haven’t had a chance to see in the New 52 yet, like Klarion, the Witch Boy. He may have been announced to have his own series starting next month, but getting the character in this one-shot was a bit of a treat. Then there was Tempest, who might have been Garth, the first Aqualad? They didn’t really clear that up. And then there’s Jesse Quick, one of the original Speedsters, who is Kid Flash on Earth-2. I don’t remember her fathers name, though I just read the JSA Blackest Night comics and I know he was in there. This comic show’s three Earth-2 refugee’s going against a man against Earth-2 people in general, trying to get them off Earth-0 as I can tell. After their first attempt is unsuccessful, they go again, and this time you learn that the current Titans foe Algorithm (you know, the robo girl Bunker blew up) is still around, and is still causing them problems! The art is wonderful, and even for one issue, the team seems to work together extremely well.
The Bad: Not a whole lot for this area. I did feel like the issue was rushed, but it was a One-Shot comic. I’m upset that the original Titans only had a mention from Algorithm and nobody else. Also a tad upset that Alexia wasn’t Maxine in disguise, because she seems to have (as far as I know) the same powers as both Maxine and Buddy. So it would have made sense. Also, why bring in Heretic, and not the Robin known as Duke from Batman and Robin: Future’s End? And if it was Garth, why did he go from regular Atlantean, to La’Gaan from Young Justice?
I really liked this issue though, wish I could be seeing more of this team though, but I’m glad next month will be back to our regularly scheduled Titans!
Rating: 8/10. The art was great, the characters worked well together, and the story was really nice for a single issue. Will Pfiefer seems to really understand the characters he writes. Andy Smith did great at depicting the characters he was given to draw in this comic as well.
So going along with my usual picture segment, I think first will be Klarion, the ‘Don’t call him Witch’ Boy (Didn’t we have this ordeal with Cassie also? xD)! I’ll get them out as soon as I can, and then I’ll decide who’s next from there!
A while back, a woman named Janelle Asselin wrote an article (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?id=52103&page=article) complaining about the New Teen Titans #1 cover shown here:
Now, I am all about freedom of speech, and I am not bashing what she has written about the cover in general. Even the parts about Cassie. Yes, I am a guy writing this, so my opinion is obviously going to be biased on the males side. But I’m not some creepy old fat guy sitting here behind this keyboard. I’m 19, and I’m of an average teenager. I love Teen Titans. I watched the show growing up. One of the reasons I grabbed these comics at all. Seeing a new team and new troubles excites me, being a teen myself (though I suppose most consider me a young adult at 19). But I like how Cassie looks. No, it is not because of the ‘breasts that are obviously implants’. When i look at this cover, I am actually looking at her face and her hair. The art is amazing and detailed very well. Yes, I do understand Mrs. (Ms?) Asselin’s point of view on the fact that Cassie is highly over sexualized on this cover. There’s no question to that. But sadly, that is what most teenagers (I am not one, I swear) want nowadays.
Honestly? I had hoped after the whole fiasco, and people threatening her (seriously people, freedom of speech. No need to be dicks) was done that the complaints would be done. I hope too much though. WordPress did their own review (http://dccomicsnews.com/2014/08/21/review-teen-titans-2/) of Teen Titans #2 (lot of the same points I made actually) and on their page posted this:
Sorry for the terrible quality, but the text says it all really. People are still not over this. In Mrs. Asselin’s article she wrote talking about the cover, she wrote “A secondary problem is that no girl with breasts that large is going to wear a strapless top for anything, much less a career that involves a lot of physical activity." My argument:
Everyone’s favorite Amazonian Princess/Demi-Goddess has been wearing this get-up for years and nobody has said a single word about it just because she’s an older woman compared to Cassie being a teenage. I’m sorry, but where does that matter in comics? Soon all the characters will be rebooted again and nobody is going to care again unless their complaining about the fact that they’ve got to start all over once again. And then in a few years we’ll be having the exact same problem we do now. Teenage girls now wear much, much less than Cassie does, and people don’t blink an eyelash or give it a second glance. Why not? Some girls I have seen are dressed much worse than Cassie’s suit! I just see it to be unfair that everyone keeps complaining about one comic book character, a fictional person, and how their outfit is drawn. Yes, by standing up for that character, I am no better. But it’s ridiculous to see this kind of stuff when you’re just trying to enjoy your own comics.
Yesterday gave us another comic book day, and in return, a new Teen Titans! Everyone should rejoice!! I sure did! To start off with the good, this issue give you two ideas of how the Teen Titans are affecting the city of New York.
Cassie had a little group of followers who go around, helping women who are nearly mugged. They then recruit the female they saved, who may possibly have a bigger role in these comics, as when is reintroduces her it says “No known superhero identity….yet”. I’m really hoping these girls get more time in the series, and even get to meet their hero, Cassie.
Then there’s Raven. She ends up finding a poster do a band called Dark Mistress, a tribute band for her. She goes to the concert, and stands there, listening to the band which loves her, and all she does is smile. While this is only a one page scene, it’s not something we usually see with Raven. The smiling part that is. She’s usually alone it seems like.
Also there’s Bunker and Gar. To start off, seeing Gar making the Grumpy Cat face once, is priceless. But we get it about three times in this issue. Then we see Bunker starting to develop more as a character compared to how little he did in Lobdell’s extremely forgetful run. His powers are developing, and he’s getting far better at using them. We see him using small psionic bricks, in order to stop an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs, along with using a tiny brick to make an androids head explode!!
I also really like the ‘Chirper’ twitter knock off. It’s funny, and a great way for news about the TT to spread, especially since people are always on social media sites.
For my final happy part about the issue was seeing Cassie’s mom, Helena Sandsmark near the end. At first I thought it might have been Angela/Arella, Raven’s mother, but then I realized she had glasses and was watching the tv, which was talking about Cassie.
As for the bad, I don’t have a whole lot here. My main issue was how little time Raven and Tim got, and how Cassie wasn’t in the comic at all. Though we did see Tim doing some pretty awesome upside-down standing, it’s confusing as to why he wasn’t at the fire scene. And as to why Raven or Cassie didn’t show up either. It’s true that they weren’t needed, but seeing them would have been nice as well.
Also, the S.T.A.R. Labs scene with Monarch Black, and Josiah Power. Though I did like them working on solving a crime, I don’t see the point in it, and felt like it was just pages that could have had the Titans instead.
Overall, I think the comic deserves a 7 out of 10 due to how much good there was, but to even out the bad, it does lose a few points. As always, Kenneth Rocafort had visually stunning work in this comic, so I think I’m just going to assume he’ll do amazing work whenever I review Teen Titans, unless I feel he did poorly, which I don’t see happening.
How did you feel about the issue?