Comic Book Review – Teen Titans #1
Teen Titans #1
Writer: Will Pfeifer
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
Colorist: Dan Brown
Letterer: John J. Hill
I’ll be honest, I hated absolutely Scott Lobdell’s recent run with the Teen Titans. I did not like the way he wrote the characters, characters that when I was a teenager meant a lot to me (and still do) because they were so relatable. I did not find that with Lobdell’s run, it was extremely disappointing and they never really felt like a team, or family – which is what the Teen Titans are to me. I was very worried for this series because if it was anything like that, I knew I would not enjoy it. Turns out I was pleasantly surprised with this issue.
The characters were well written and all had their shining moments. They really felt like they worked well together and that they have really come into their own as a team. It was refreshing to see this since it was lacking with the last run. I really enjoyed how Red Robin plays the leader role so well, it suits him. The issue was nicely balanced with character interactions and action. A new baddie is introduced and looks like she will be quite a handful for our Teen Titans. And it looks like S.T.A.R. Labs is going to play an integral role in at least the opening arc. Overall I liked the issue, it was fun and I look forward to where this series is going.
Even though this issue is a new #1, it is assumed that you read all of the previous volume. Since I unfortunately had, I was familiar with all the characters and their back stories. For someone who is picking up this issue because they enjoyed the Teen Titans/Teen Titans Go! or Young Justice on television, they should be familiar with a few of the members. One that people would be unfamiliar with is Bunker, who actually plays a sizable role in this issue and has an outburst at the end. Again, if you didn’t read the last volume, you wouldn’t know that he is gay. Now it becomes pretty clear during the scene at the end of this issue, but not knowing that little bit of information would’ve made the scene feel very awkward.
The artwork for this book is fantastic; Kenneth Rocafort is someone whose art I consistently enjoy. And to be honest he was the main selling point on this book for me. He did the art for Teen Titans Annual #3 which closed out that volume and I really liked the way he drew these characters, so it was a nice little teaser. He always has some of the greatest page layouts that make for a really fun read.
Rating: 5 (out of 7) – Off to a decent start and has great art. I have high hopes for this book.