DC This Week: Titans x3, Supergirl

I know people have been saying terrible things about Titans #1, and I expected going in that I wouldn’t like Ian Churchill’s wank art, but I didn’t expect to be completely confused by page 2.

Titans #1 cover

What confused me? That this #1, labeled First Issue, says it’s “Part Two” of the story “The Fickle Hand”. I went and asked KC where part one might be — because of course we aren’t told in the comic itself, and why would anyone expect to be able to start with a #1 issue? — and he told me it was in the “tasteless snuff bookTeen Titans East Special. I looked it up, and it came out before Thanksgiving last year. So part one appeared five months ago. Yeah, that makes sense. That in itself made me throw the comic aside and not bother.

Instead, Tiny Titans #3 is much more my speed. It’s funny! I like the short stories (by Art Baltazar & Franco) that end up adding up to more as you read more of them. Oh, and it’s great to share with others. There are references that an older DC reader can explain to the newer, younger, but they’re not necessary to get the gag.

Tiny Titans #3 cover

For instance, take the standout piece this issue, in which Rose Wilson brings her little brother to school for show and tell. For those of you who don’t know, her brother is Jericho, with the ability to possess those who look in his eyes. He’s absolutely adorable as a toddler (but then, Jericho was always quite a good looker), with a huge face with little eyes and smile. And the possession effect looks like a kid drew it, with these huge green circles and rays emanating from his eyes.

Even better was the second issue, with a one-page almost wordless strip featuring Kid Devil. I don’t know why he’s part of the gang, since his look is creepier than most of them, but if all they’re going to use him for is a hot plate, I guess it doesn’t matter.

Completing the Titans Triumverate, why did no one tell me that Teen Titans Go! #52 featured the H-Dial? It’s a great story, with new superheroes showing up who have similar powers to the team. And writer J. Torres made a wonderful nod to the rich DC history by naming Beast Boy’s opponent Changeling and Kid Flash’s Jesse Quick and Robin’s the Protector. I can envision parent and child reading this together, with daughter being impressed that Mom can tell her more stories about why those names are meaningful.

In other comics, I’m intrigued that Supergirl is actually tackling something unusual to superhero comics. She promised a dying child she’d cure cancer. After all, in the real world, that’s what fantastic heroes with amazing powers should be about: something to believe in when all hope is lost. And who needs that hope more than a kid with an incurable disease?

Issue #28 starts off with Wonder Woman telling her she’s an idiot, which is a reasonable response. It nicely captures both the naivete and energy of the younger hero, making her seem like a realistic teen for once, as well as putting into words the reader’s response. Who else but an adolescent would ask

What if we’ve all been wrong? What if we’ve all been fighting crime and saving dozens — when we could have been saving billions? Saving everyone?

I can’t wait to see how writer Kelley Puckett gets out of THIS one! And that’s precisely the reaction I should have when reading serial adventure fiction. The guest star, a forgotten DC hero, was a neat surprise, too. Perfectly chosen for the storyline. And big thanks to Drew Johnson and Ray Snyder for concentrating on the storytelling and not flashing various bits of Supergirl’s anatomy at the reader.

4 Responses to “DC This Week: Titans x3, Supergirl”

  1. Pedro Tejeda Says:

    Titans seems to be more of a Winnick “Real World” trashy relationships book in the same vein as his previous Outsider Run is like.

    The very interesting thing DC has done is front-loaded Ian Churchill, an artist that used to be a fan favorite on the book, when Joe Benetiez, who I personally think has a more palatable style, will be doing the rest of the ongoing.

    I really love the last issue of Supergirl. It took sometime for Drew Johnson to understand what Puckett was getting at in regards to the script. The previous issues told a similar story but failed to convey it visually well.

    I am also happy to see that Tiny Titans was too insider for you. The general reaction has been mixed. I think David Brothers sums it up well here.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Did you typo? Tiny Titans wasn’t too insider for me. I liked the multiple levels. And yeah, Supergirl was a very pleasant surprise. With Booster Gold going in directions I don’t care for, I’m glad to have another book to look forward to.

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  4. Pedro Tejeda Says:

    I meant it wasn’t too insider. Sorry. Also, even though Titans was not my cup of tea, in it’s defense it was supposed to follow the other issue much quickly but kept getting delayed.




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