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Teen Titans TP Vol 02 Family Lost
Teen Titans TP Vol 02 Family Lost
by Various
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Brilliant!, 9 May 2013
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The second Teen Titans trade, while not as good as the first, is still a consistently fun read and packed with the same stellar writing and artwork. Geoff Johns does a great job once again pulling aspects from the Titans' diverse and epic history to craft a tale that is wholly original and fresh.

We get introduced to a bunch of old Titans characters, and Johns manages to portray them all in a way that is both consistant to their history, but adds new depth and personality to them; Raven gets a much more tactful and sympathetic portrayal here than she has in recent times, giving her some genuine respectability.

The interplay between the team is just great. Everyone has a very distinct personality, each exemplified by Mike Mckone's awesome artwork. It has that same lax, cartoony vibe as the last volume, adding to the fun atmosphere of the book.

Where the book falls down is in its length: It's barely half the size of the first book, and that means there is less room for the story to breathe, making for a somewhat fast, yet thin on the ground, pace. In addition, the conclusion is a trifle rushed, but is left open enough to transition into the next volume fairly smoothly.

I was seriously considering docking two stars for the criminal lack of value for money, but the book's emotional core is its saving grace. We get a truly fascinating insight into Raven's inner turmoil and the twisted psychology of Deathstroke, all of these making the characters' personal ties very palpable and real to the reader. By the end, Raven has gone from being a stale, stagnant character to a real emotional highlight.

Given the wonders Geoff Johns is doing with the rest of the cast, I look forward to seeing what he does with my favorite Titans member, Beast Boy, in the next volume, but THIS progressive little gem gets the seal of approval.

Teen Titans TP Vol 01 A Kids Game
Teen Titans TP Vol 01 A Kids Game
by Geoff Johns
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Extreme Teens!, 17 Feb 2013
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As a teen myself, the Teen Titans are the very symbol of self-empowerment. This book wholeheartedly embodies that Teen spirit and embraces the youthful, kinetic energy that charges the essence of the Titans. What really struck me was how well the characters are portrayed. Each member has their own insecurities, vices and traits that make them deeply relate-able from the starting gate. The concept of the Teen Titans is presented in profound and philosophical way, and offers some insight into the fallout of Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day.

The villain is a strangely sympathetic peace of twisted human nature. Everything Deathstroke does in this arc has a kind of surreal, chilling logic to it.

The artwork is simply sublime, simultaneously intricate and simple, it meets in that perfect middle ground between cartoons and anime, and doesn't let over complex artwork distract us from the story.

If the 2003 animated series was your first encounter with the Teen Titans, I say check this book out, it's visually distinct but has the same optimism to its storytelling to create something so energetic. In addition, it also features the addition of Superboy and Kid Flash for all you Young Justice fans. I would recommend this to those either new to the team, or comics in general, as it really showcases the energy of the medium and adds a lot of depth to what could have been a title plagued by mediocrity.

Geoff Johns knows all that's needed to make a book great is some TLC, and if you're just into comics for some genuine high-octane fun, pick up a copy and just enjoy.

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