Young Justice – Teen Titans
Hello. My name is Field, Lyle Field.
Teen Titans is the final New 52 title from the Young Justice branch that I am reviewing. The one thing that makes this incarnation of the Teen Titans different from the previous incarnations is the fact the New 52 Teen Titans is the only version. Hence the history from all previous incarnations (since 1964) is now null and void. Is it a good thing? Yes and no.
Yes—in the sense of its freshness of the New 52 style without the historical baggage of the previous incarnations.
No—in the sense of the loss of character development and stories that has banded the previous incarnations of the Teen Titans that has produced some of the key historical changes to the DC Universe prior to the New 52. It is kinda weird that Dick Grayson was never a member of the Teen Titans.
The Marv Wolfman/George Perez and the Geoff Johns/Mike McTone versions of the Teen Titans will always be my favourite incarnations… bar none. Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund’s version has the potential to be as well.
Scott Lobdell’s scripting writing on Teen Titans is much better than his work on Superboy, which tells me (including his past work over the last 20 years) is that he is a much better writer with ensemble casts than solo characters. Lobdell’s narrative elements and development of key characters is excellent, however his pacing and timing, from a monthly perspective, are his weaker components on the title. Another factor that Lobdell is excelling with Teen Titans is keeping NOWHERE plot aspects parallel to the Superboy title so that you do not have to get both titles if you don’t want to.
The art team of Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund is awesome. They have drawn a variety of panels and slash pages in a very balanced way that makes it a very exciting title. I believe when DC reprints the inaugural story arc into trade format later on this year, the Booth/Rapmund will even be better and faster pace than a monthly format.
With the exception of Red Robin, all the Teen Titans are basically brand-new characters even the New 52 versions of Kid Flash/Bart Allen and Wonder Girl/Cassie Sandsmark. This adds to their freshness that is making the New 52 DC Universe evolving into potential greatness.
An interesting twist is The Superboy as the Teen Titans greatest foe; however I predict that will change to him becoming the Teen Titans greatest member in the not too distant future.
I am looking forward to guest appearances by Static Shock and members of the Legion of Super-Heroes (from Legion Lost) in the next few months. I also like to see guest appearances by Nightwing, Cyborg, Blue Beetle, Supergirl and members of the Justice League.
What I am curious is whether or not Deathstroke will play a major role in the future of these Teen Titans like he did to the previous incarnations. With his daughter, Rose Wilson, an agent of NOWHERE, it is a strong possibility. I guess time will tell.
The New 52 Teen Titans, a very strong potential to becoming another great incarnation of the Teen Titans legend.
Next, time to turn out the lights and focus on the Dark titles of the DC Universe.
Until next time… I’ll smell you later.http://pokupo.com/2012/01/24/young-justice-teen-titans/ComicsTeen Titans,The New 52,Young Justice