After a fantastic Rebirth issue and a solid first issue we are now at issue #2.
Can Benjamin Percy and Diogenes Neves continue to bring the goods when it comes to teen team action? Is it good?
Teen Titans #2 (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? The full summary reads:
“Damian Knows Best” part two! Ra’s al Ghul’s forces make their move! But are Damian and the newly assembled Teen Titans ready to take on such a deadly threat?
Why does this book matter?
Seriously, go back and read the Rebirth issue for this series. Benjamin Percy perfectly introduces each character with a wicked surprise ending that sets this “team” up perfectly. The premise of the series has a unique one with a reluctant team building method only Damian could think up. Add in some awesome art and colors and you have a poppy fun series worth a look.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Is that why you’re a bird?
The characters have made their introductions, the trap’s been set and snapped, and now it’s time for the enemy and stakes to be setup which this issue does well. Damian opens this issue and readers are reminded of his complex allegiance to Batman and Ra’s al Ghul. This leads to a breakdown of a rival team tied to Damian’s grandfather with plenty of stats and extra info about each to flesh them out. Percy does a good job establishing Damian’s rocky relationship with family and now, with the Teen Titans. Clearly there’s an interesting dynamic to mine here, especially with the circumstances in how Damian brought this team together.
Teen Titans #2 is also action packed and it’s clear Percy is showing us how this team works when they aren’t on the same page. Damian sees potential in this group of heroes and thus is the natural leader. Problem is, you have to fall in order to get back up and that’s what this issue is all about.
The art by Neves is crisp and detailed. The action is fun and easy to follow and Damian’s conflicted feelings very easy to read. Costumes and clothes look great too (something artists don’t get enough credit for) with appropriate movement and flow that enhances the action. He also draws a mean Bat-Jet (or is it a Robin-Jet?). The colors by Jim Charalampidis and John Kalisz are great too, especially in the opening pages where there’s rain and a red street light city lit up behind Robin.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Though the characters have reason to not trust Damian, it’s a little hard to believe they aren’t at least somewhat trusting of him considering he’s Batman’s kid. This gripe is mostly because we all know the team will right itself and become cohesive, but it’s a minor element that may have been better sold.
They don’t look very happy to see you.
Is It Good?
Teen Titans is fun with a unique take on building a superhero team. Damian and his dynamic with the rest of the team feels fresh and is well worth a look, especially if you like action.