Release Day Review: Teen Titans Vol. 1: Blinded by the Light

Teen Titans, Vol. 1Teen Titans, Vol. 1 by Will Pfeifer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Um.
Well, ok…it’s not bad.

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The majority of the storyline revolves around S.T.A.R. Labs, and all of the hi-jinks they seem to be responsible for causing. Intentional and (seemingly) unintentional. Not that the Titans know that.

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Killer A.I., terrorists, mad scientists, etc., all comes back to one guy…Manchester Black.

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I don’t know if you can tell, but the dude doesn’t actually wear a shirt. He just has the Union Jack tattooed onto his chest.
Get it! Manchester! Hyuck, hyuck!
Anyhoo, he’s a bad guy, he works for S.T.A.R. Labs, and he sets a rather elaborate plan in motion to get the Teens to work with him.
Whether it works or not is still up for grabs…

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There are a couple of side stories, as well.
Including, but not limited to, the introduction of their (maybe?) new teammate, Power Girl.
No. Not the one with big boobies.

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He mother worked for (and was friends with) the original Power Girl, and was killed because of that connection. Apparently, PG bestowed some of her superpowers on this kid before she took off for her own Earth. I remember reading about her mother’s death, but I haven’t kept up with Power Girl, so I had no idea she was gone.
Learned something new today…

The other stories were less important, but I’m gonna tell you about ’em anyway.
Raven has this obsessed fan that looks like she’s a bit wacky. She’s a singer who has started writing all her songs about Raven, and is trying to figure out a way to get her spells into the lyrics. Something? I don’t know, because the plot sort of dwindled away.
Then there’s Cassie’s mom, who shows up out of the blue. Not sure what her purpose is, other than to represent nagging parents worldwide.
Cassie also has a large group of girls who dress up like her, and then go around fighting crime. When they can take a break from following Wonder Girl around town, at least. Again, kinda lame, not sure what that one is all about.
Bunker seems to be getting a tad violent. Or maybe just proactive? Whatever, he likes punching bad guys. A lot.

I don’t really know. Ugh. I feel really uninspired to write anything one way or the other about this title. It wasn’t a chore to read, but it wasn’t special, either. However, since this is just volume 1, there’s a good chance it could improve over time.
I did think the art was pretty nice to look at!

If you’re a huge fan of the Teen Titans, check this one out and let me know what you think.

Got this one from Netgalley & DC. Thank you!

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Review: Animal Man Vol. 3 Rotworld; The Red Kingdom – by Jeff Lemire (and Scott Snyder to a lesser extent)

Animal Man, Vol. 3: Rotworld: The Red KingdomAnimal Man, Vol. 3: Rotworld: The Red Kingdom by Jeff Lemire
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

***Green Theme Buddy Read with the Shallows…The Green is more Swampy’s territory, but it’s part of the trifecta with the Red and the Rot, and they’re all here…so ya. Plus Swamp Thing.***


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Well…that was…terrible. Dark and depressing, I won’t be surprised if Buddy Baker becomes a raging alcoholic pill popper. Rot world was a crossover on the Dark-horror edge of the DCU spectrum….Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Constantine, Black Orchid, and so forth. There’s also lots of heroes who appear and get turned into zombies by the Rot…Buddy should have learned the best way to predict the future of your wife is to look at her mother…and they are both enormo-cunts. Like somehow it’s his fault that their daughter has powers? ThE real problem is that they spend more time chewing him out than listening to him or curing that crime against follicles that is Cliff…

The talking cat makes me think of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Swampy is more interesting because his life partner isn’t a fucking cunt. Also, when did she start looking like a librarian? I think they ugged her up on purpose. The art is also terrible. By the end everyone is just a mess of lines and smudges and blechy colours. Not pleasant to look at, way too many thought and speech bubbles and internal monologues.

Oh and to top it all off, even in a book he doesn’t appear in, Batman saves the world and the day. Yup. Also, the Justice League manage to be useless twats as well. I did enjoy Frankenstein showing up…I like a lot that New 52 has a mandate for Frank to be in 33% of everything.

This was also just dumb. I think I went onto autopilot about halfway through the book.

I won’t be rushing to volume 4.

Disappointing for sure. I also hate super kids. What do u think is going to happen if you have kids with a superhero dude? Idiots. Also, who brings there mother in law on a road trip and doesn’t leave her in Wichita? Dummy.

Just not worth it. Lots of DCU grit. But not at all pleasant. No point other than depressing me. Yay.


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