Boy, did I love the last issue of Teen Titans Go!. This series is all kinds of fun for all ages. It’s like Shrek (one of the good ones that is) as it mixes in silly humor for the kids, but more subtle or high brow humor for the parents.
We delve into issue #18 and answer the question: is it good?
Teen Titans Go! #18 (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? The DC summary reads:
The Teen Titans…stars of their own TV series? But which Teen Titans TV series will it be? Each of the Titans has their own idea…and one of them might just be your favorite!
Why does this book matter?
This entire issue is basically the Teen Titans riffing off each other’s idea of what a TV show about their lives would be like. Each character has their own idea complete with distinct art that conveys a different type of series entirely. That’s a lot of fun.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Quite a bit. From Robin’s very 70’s animated cartoon style to Cyborg’s 90’s cartoon style to the very gritty Starfire version — each cut away to how the different characters’ shows would look and feel is a lot of fun. Each take tells a bit about the characters too like how Cyborg thinks he does all the work, or how Starfire loves the melodrama and over acting. There’s even a hilarious one panel cut away to Silkie’s dream TV show (he’s a host of a talk show of course). Writer Sholly Fisch delivers multiple stories in one narrative by showing us the TV shows the Teen Titans can come up with. This all leads to the actual show being produced and it’s not what any of the characters were hoping for.
The art by Marcelo Dichiara is quite nice and surprisingly deft at showing different styles. Dichiara will make you believe you’re seeing a 70’s cartoon for instance, or the gritty over produced drama of a 90’s teen cartoon. The My Little Pony cut away is particularly fun and over the top too. Props go to colorist Jeremy Lawson who gives everything the pop or subdued color it needs. It’s bright and fun through and through.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Being one long narrative about the characters’ differing version of the TV show does reduce this issue to one long joke. The last issue was a bit more varied in its humor, but hell, each rendition of the Teen Titans TV show is so much fun it’s barely noticeable.
Is It Good?
The fun is infectious and the story cute and ready to put a smile on faces of all ages.