Teen Titans #3 Review

Posted October 17, 2014 by Jean-Luc Botbyl in Comic Books

Written by: Will Pfeifer

Art by: Kenneth Rocafort

Published by: DC

With so many new DC books hitting the stands this month, it’s hard not to get the feeling that the books that kicked this wave off are slowly being forgotten about. With so much hype surrounding the likes of Gotham Academy #1, Batgirl #35, Arkham Manor #1, and even Lobo #1, other books really do start to get lost. Though it may not have the hype surrounding it that other series do, Teen Titans really is a great book, possibly still the best book since the start of this wave. Will Pfeifer balances fun and accessibility with great story telling, and respect for what past writers have done with the members of the Teen Titans (not necessarily including Lobdell)

The driving force behind Teen Titans really is the characters – as should be the case in any team book. Unlike Justice League or Avengers, however, the members of the Teen Titans don’t really have their own books, and so there has to be even more character work. Rather than just having these characters bounce off of one another, and get development that way, Pfeifer has to incorporate smaller scenes into this book – and these are where the book is at its strongest.

A perfect example in this issue are Raven’s scenes at the club. Because of course, Raven is into the underground goth/punk rock scene, and of course, those are the people who love Raven, because Batman is too mainstream, and Superman is too much of a boy scout. It’s in this scene that we get to see Raven interacting with normal people, and it’s not exactly a huge moment, plot wise, but it’s great for her as a character. Another scene that comes to mind from this issue is Beast Boy and Bunker just hanging out at night, and running into a mugger, who tries to mug them. Was that a mistake for him? Oh yes, but the scene isn’t so much about the threat (which is practically nonexistent) as it is about having a few lines of dialogue, and a smaller character moment for Bunker (and Beast Boy as well, though to a lesser extent).

Because of how great these moments are, it’s almost a disappointment when the team comes together to battle the main threat. The spectacle is cool, despite it not quite packing the same punch as sequences in other team books, but it’s not where this book excels. That isn’t to say that these scenes aren’t good, they just aren’t quite as dynamic as other parts of the books are. Visually, the scene where the Titans take down their foe is the most impressive part of the book. Kenneth Rocafort’s art is stunning throughout, but he’s in his element with action sequences, which come alive and pop off the page.

Teen Titans #3 is far from perfect, that much is for sure. But even though it may not be the best book hitting the stands every month, it’s more than just another “Ok” or “decent” book. It’s actually quite good. Even though there are missteps in the plot, there’s a lot of heart to this book, and the characters are an absolute joy to spend time with, despite their own imperfections.

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Jean-Luc Botbyl

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