on 19 August 2015
You could consider this a follow-up to the previous Teen Titans series, but you certainly don't need to have read it to understand what is going on. Some prior knowledge and maybe a TT Cartoon marathon is all you need to understand the context and history of the characters, and it's certainly worth it.
This is by far one of the most delightful reads in recent memory, and it certainly washes the bad taste of the New 52 Teen Titans out of my mouth.
on 17 February 2013
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.
on 13 January 2016
I have been wanting to expand my Teen Titans library for a long while (only having major exposure to the new 52 stuff and my own browsing of websites) and found that most people agreed to either start on this run or the '80s New Teen Titans run. Safe to say I ordered both.
This volume defied my expectations and had decent art and an okay story (mainly being a 'form a new team' style story, as expected) but the main draw of this series are the characters. Each character is fleshed out within the 150 or so pages decently, with many references to past events (if you get confused, just try to look up what they're referencing online) seeming to have led to the characters being who they are now.
So I definitely recommend picking this one up (at a decent price!) and seeing how you feel about it.
on 15 February 2015
Bought as a gift for my 14 year old daughter. As such, I haven't read it and so can't really comment on the story quality. I flicked through quickly and can say that the artwork is superb. It arrived in very good time which I was pleased about. So why have I given it 5 stars? Because I didn't hear ONE SINGLE WORD from my daughter for THREE hours while she read it. THREE WHOLE HOURS!!!!!!! When the next occasion to buy her a gift rolls round, I will definitely be getting Teen Titans TP Vol2!
on 7 August 2007
I am over joyed that the Teen Titans wer brought back with a good creative team behind it.
The last attempt at The Titans was ok but was missing something. This is just how it should be. The sidekicks getting a team back together. Young Justice but better.
I love the idea that Teen Titans is kind like a training ground for younger heroes, instead of learning with thie grown up counter parts.
I've always been a huge fan of The Teen Titans so when I saw this graphic novel I had to pick it up.
With a line up like Robin, Kid Flash, WonderGirl, Starfire, Raven, Cyborg, Beast Boy and now Superboy this is going to be a team to watch.
This first volume delivers everything is should. A new Titan's Tower, a new rason for being a team, a great line up, And Deathstroke The Terminator being the big bad for the whole first volume. Along with a few nods to what is to come.
Geoff Johns need no real introduction to a comic fan, his work on JSA and Flash (to name but two) has shown him to be one of the greatest writers, reminding me a little of early Chris Claremont. He writes with a real love a passion for the characters of the DC universe. It is just a joy to read. Characterisation is just spot on, infact some of the characters seem more fleshed out here then in other titles.
Mike McKone proved that he was an artist to watch with his flawless work on Exiles with Judd Winick (now writing Outsiders, it seems he has some how improved on his own excellence with the smooth lines he brings to this title.
The guest art of Tom Grummett takes you back to the early days a makes you slightly judge the two.
This is certainly on par with Marv Wolfman's classic run, and this title looks like it can only get better and better.
on 22 May 2010
Even Young Justice has to grow up some time, and they've grown up in style.
After a battle that claimed the life of the original Wonder Girl Donna Troy, Young Justice has disbanded and none of its members are interested in being part of a team. Superboy's living with the Kents in Smallville, Robin's focused on working with Batman, Wonder Girl is trying to get back into school after her identity has been exposed and Impulse is trying to earn the approval of the Flash. Suddenly all of them get invitations from original Teen Titans Cyborg, Starfire and Beast Boy to join a new generation of Teen Titans and the start to this new team is anything but smooth, as they learn new truths about themselves, gain new skills and powers, all the while being hunted by Deathstroke the Terminator, who's got a grudge against the Titans.
This is a great origin book, it shows how the super powered kids have evolved from their days in Young Justice and how they have to adjust to working in a team with their new mentors. The fight scenes are well drawn, the new costumes are very cool and there's enough levity to keep this book from getting too serious. Add cameos from the Justice League and this is a great buy, ideal for any Young Justice readers