Writer: Scott Lobdell, Tom DeFalco, Fabian Nicieza
Artists: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Ig Guara, Ale Garza
Some of you may not remember this, but there was a time when Teen Titans was the premier superhero book on the market. Predominately during the ‘80s and parts of the ‘00s, this title was a top-seller, enjoyed massive critical acclaim, and competed with the X-Men to be the most popular comic team in the industry. Unfortunately since the launch of DC’s New 52, the book hasn’t only been a let down, it’s also been an absolutely horrendous chore to read through.
Instead of focusing on the complex character dynamics from the book’s better runs, writer Scott Lobdell throws one listless plot line after another while never firmly crafting a voice or direction for the title. Where the book was once filled with personality and epic stories like “The Judas Contract,” 2012 saw the Teen Titans get involved in the dreadful “The Culling” crossover, and a few bland character origins (Teen Titans #0).
These issues have all been overly-wordy and filled with monotonous exposition, while robbing the characters of their personalities. Often times they’re just mouthpieces that tell us what the plot of each issue is, without ever letting us know what makes them tick. This makes the title read like a throwback to the ‘90s, and if you know your comics, you’ll understand why that’s not a good thing.
The book isn’t unsalvageable, though. If Lobdell can better understand these characters and write them with a true team dynamic, there is hope. The art has been decent, but there needs to be one consistent illustrator who can work for an extended run with Lobdell so they can build chemistry. Until that happens, we suggest reading up on the Marv Wolfman/George Perez Teen Titans from the ‘80s.