I’m a fan of the Teen Titans, especially the latest incarnation that went from 2003-2011 and as this relaunch makes it seem their entire history may be erased, I wanted to give them a farewell starting with issues 1-7 (also collected in trade form as “A Kid’s Game” or the soon to be released Teen Titans Omnibus 1). Like usual, beware of spoilers.
First, I want to point out that I could be wrong when I state that the current teams history is being erased and we won’t know for sure until at least the new Teen Titans #1 comes out on the 28th of this month.
Geoff Johns begins the Teen Titans with Superboy skipping class and Superman soon finding him to bring an end to it. Before ushering Conner back to school though, he relays an invitation from Cyborg that the Teen Titans is starting back up. Superboy states his unease at joining a team again due to the death of two people while he was part of Young Justice which includes Donna Troy, but tells Superman he’d think about it. A similar message is sent from Batman to Robin (Tim Drake), while Jay and Wally in Keystone are arguing over if they want Impulse (Bart) to take part in it. Jay is for the idea, while Wally is against it thinking Bart is too immature. This is actually the moment we find out Bart can actually remember everything he reads at super speed which shocks both Jay and Wally as they soon forget if they do it. Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark) actually has her invitation given by Starfire for Wonder Woman refused to do it.
They head to the new Tower in San Francisco Bay and we get a very awkward moment of Beast Boy hitting on Cassie which just seems wrong to me. To be honest, I hate Beast Boy the majority of the time in this Teen Titans run, but I’ll get to that more in later reviews. All the new members soon arrive, and we can easily tell that there is an unease between them. They then go to bed save Robin who apparently never sleeps and Conner who just can’t sleep. This is the moment another nice bit of info gets passed out, and that is Conner’s human genes actually came from Lex Luther. Superboy of course doesn’t want to do anything but ignore it, though Robin steals a bit of hair to do his own testing to verify it.
A lot really happens in the first seven issues that it’s too much to get into detail on all of it so I’ll rush through the major points. Bart recovers and goes through the entire San Fran Library to become Kid Flash. We find out Deathstroke is really being controlled by Jericho who was thought dead. Wonder Girl gets her lasso from Ares, and Raven is brought back to life and sadly not given any clothes (I’m not sure if Raven nude is really needed, even if blood is technically covering her) until she tries to escape and asks the Titans for help.
This is a great issue, but my favorite part really has to be when Wonder Woman shows up to try and force Cassie to leave. This soon causes Kory to appear who soon blasts Wonder Woman starting of course one big fight. This only escalates when the rest of the Justice League (Batman, Superman, John Stewart, and Wally West) shows up and the fight escalates between all of them. This goes on until Nightwing actually appears to put a stop to everything.
Geoff Johns does fantastic writing here. All the characters feel like they act and behave like who they are while the story doesn’t have any dull points. Everyone working on the art does a great job as well and combined with John’s writing this makes for a really great story of the start of the new Teen Titans team. This story in fact is one of my favorites of this TT group, if not my favorite and I highly recommend people read through this.