I will preface this with: I read a lot of teen books. If you’ve checked out my normal blog Tattoogirl Reads then you already know that. Teen books almost always have some degree of love or a crush or something. It also has angst and moodiness. Teen Titans: check, check, AND check. Not necessarily a bad thing but I just wanted you to be aware.
I actually thought it was pretty cool seeing the younger heroes figuring out how to be heroes and how to also be themselves and maintain their identity (see Wonder Girl). For younger peeps that’s really important, and it’s interesting that they decided to include it as part of the story.
With Teen Titans you get Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Bunker, Solstice, and Skitter as the group by the end of volume one (Issues #1-7). They are all kind of weird and awkward, and because of that a little bit of a relief from all the heavy comics I read (I usually chose Batman comics…). I saw pity parties, crushes, coming-out comments, you know, the whole nine yards for teen intros.
My favorite character was Bunker because he was the least moody character of the bunch and happened to have their weirdest ability (psionic blocks). However, the main problem with him and so far every Latino person in the DC universe that I’ve read about is they shout out things like “Caramba!” and “Madre de Dios!” That kinda gets old. I have never met a Hispanic person (from another country or born in the US) that did that. At least not when they were speaking to me. But then again, when I was in Japan I would occasionally curse in English randomly when I would stub my toe or something. I don’t know; it just seems like stereotyping.
This one was easy for me to get into, but I don’t know how it would be for other noobs. To read and enjoy Teen Titans it’s not necessary to read Superboy, but if you wanted to get the whole story you do need it. I kept referencing back to Superboy Volume 1 when fights would suddenly break out.
All in all, I liked it. Not the best thing I’ve ever read, but I’ll still continue it. I’ve heard it gets better later in the series too. Also, the art was really nice.
In the real world Tattoogirl is known as Mai Byers and is a store manager at a video game store. She loves all things nerdy but has only recently gotten interested in the American comic book scene. She writes the column Point of Entry and reviews books and comics incessantly. It’s not just a clever name, she has 30 tattoos. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org