- Posted by Johanna on April 15, 2008 at 11:31 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics
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.
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 book” Teen 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.
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.