TEEN TITANS: REBIRTH #1
Written by Ben Percy & Jonboy Meyers
Art by Ben Percy, Jonboy Meyers, Jim Charalampidis, & Corey Breen
Published by DC Comics
With DC Rebirth setting sales records left and right, you knew it was only a matter of time before DC Comics launched another Teen Titans book. And here it is, courtesy of Ben Percy and Jonboy Meyers. The results however, are a bit complicated.
As Teen Titans: Rebirth #1 begins, Gar, Raven, Starfire, and Wally West are all living in different parts of the world. For one reason or the other, each one is soon caught off guard, leading to their capture by a mysterious figure.
When they wake up, they discover they are restrained, and their powers don’t work. Soon, the band of heroes come face to face with their assailant, who has his own plans for himself and for these “new” Teen Titans. I think this was supposed to be a surprise, but if you’ve seen any of the covers for this comic, you know who the team’s abductor is.
Anywho, some things in Teen Titans: Rebirth #1 seemed odd to me. I’m not sure how to gauge the age of any the characters, especially Starfire and Beast Boy, who look more like their “Teen Titans Go!” versions rather than the characters I knew in the 90’s and 2000’s.
But I assume they are the same because Starfire mentions her romance with Nightwing. Yet she looks about 14. Gar’s behavior also struck me as odd, even for him. Not only does he look very young, but he’s having one night stands in a pool and playing Jaws pranks on the girl? Bizarre stuff even for Beast Boy or Changeling or whatever they plan to call him now.
The story needs to be a bit sharper down the road, and the characters will need some development. Fixing these issues will be key for this series to survive long term. Is there the potential for some entertaining stories with interesting character interaction? Absolutely, these are good characters that people want to read about. They just need a clearer vision of where the book is headed.
I think out of all the DC Rebirth comics I’ve read so far, Teen Titans: Rebirth #1 is the most disappointing one. I thought for sure this issue would be an easy home run for DC Comics, but it felt rushed..
Maybe my expectations were too high for this comic, who knows. All I do know is that Teen Titans: Rebirth #1 felt like a pain-by-numbers comic. There is nothing in this book I have not seen countless times during my 30 years of reading comics.