Rating: 3.5/5 – The Art Makes Up for the “By the Numbers” Storytelling.
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
For the most part, I’ve enjoyed the number one issues of most of the new DC series more than I have the Rebirth issues that precede them. Although I would not say I didn’t enjoy this Rebirth issue of Teen Titans, I have a feeling that I’ll end up liking the actual first issue more than this one. Like most of the other Rebirth issues, this book serves not necessarily as a true origin book, but as a way to give readers a look into the Titan’s thoughts and personalities. Writer Ben Percy and artist Jonboy Meyers have put together the most popular and iconic of the Teen Titans team members, even though they may not be the characters you remember.
Ben Percy starts the issue off with Beast Boy throwing a party and unfortunately for him, overusing his humor with a girl he’s trying to impress. While we get plenty of insight into the character through his words, we also get just as much insight through his internal monologue. That same formula is used throughout this first issue as each of the team members, including the New 52 Wally West is explored in similar fashion. Whether it be Raven at a museum or Kid Flash running through the streets, the common theme is that each are being hunted by an unknown assailant that doesn’t reveal himself to the very end. Although the ending was exciting and did catch me off guard, the journey to get there did feel by the numbers. For a reader that may be new to the Titans, it might connect more than it did for me even with the fact that I stayed away from the Titans for most of the New 52.
I absolutely loved the art though. I haven’t seen Jonboy Meyer’s art since his brief tenure on Spawn and I think this definitely outshines that work. His pencils are crisp and kinetic, especially his pencils on Kid Flash. These pencils look much cleaner than they did on Spawn and his colors are as they should be, much brighter. The full page Flash splash and the last page revealing the team’s assailant really stand out and have me looking forward to the future of this title. Although this particular issue may not be the most exciting of Rebirth issues, it shows potential for the series and serves as a wonderful showcase of Jonboy Meyer’s art. Now let’s get this series started!
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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