Monday, May 26, 2008

Reviewing TITANS


This was more a review for TITANS #2, but it applies equally to issues #1 and #2.

This is not very good. Just not very good at all. It's not a blight on society, but it's not a very good comic, either.

I think the thing that's most troubling is the overall tone of the comic. Trigon's evil has returned, which should seem urgent and dire. Instead, everyone is taking turns making snarky comments. Umm, your best friends LIVES are in danger! Some of them may be dead! There's this glib attitude that doesn't feel right, given the situation. Winick should re-read the "Terror of Trigon" arc... or, heck, even watch the fourth season of the animated series. When Trigon is around, it should feel like it may very well be the end of the world.

Argent barely escapes a violent torture, and the Titans seem too distracted to explain to her what is happening. Shouldn't they ALL be worried about their friends? Shouldn't Argent be worried about her teammates? Shouldn't Argent be COMPLETELY freaked and scared? Remember how shaken the New Teen Titans were when confronted by Trigon's evil?

I know some people liked how the JLA is rescuing the other Titans, but I think things like that make it seem all too easy. This is the Titans book, and it should be their mission. When you have the JLA and JSA backing you up, the main threat just seems less dire. It works better when you get a line like "The JLA and JSA are both on missions".

This should be a Titans case, where they are desperately trying to reach each member. Also, they should be recruiting rescued members to help in the Trigon battle. There's no plan or strategy here. There's no momentum to the plotting. There's no pacing. It's just the Titans standing around, panel after panel, spouting lame sit-com dialogue from the 90s.

Trigon's return should be a really big deal with a dark, gloomy air of dread looming. Instead, it's like the Titans are confronting Godiva or something.

Spilling out of that, the humor is too snarky and sarcastic. Gar is one to make silly, dumb jokes to lighten the tension. Here, he makes a borderline-cruel joke about Cyborg. It just seems out of character. When Terra insinuated that Starfire was dumb, Donna was very quick to put her in her place, "We joke with each other, but not like that." Where's THAT Donna?

Then there's the continuity flubs. Shouldn't the Titans be shocked that Trigon is alive at all? They saw him atomized before their eyes. Heck, the Teen Titans battled his reanimated skeletal remains not too long ago. Why is Bumblebee full size? Why does Trigon sound nothing like Trigon? Why does he have more children when it was a huge plot point that Raven was his only living heir?

To summarize: The thread-bare plot was a dull "Everyone is being hunted" affair. The return of Trigon is being treated as a big "whatever." The Titans are all talking like Chandler Bing. This storyline is a big miss. So far, the series rates about C-.

DC needs to step it up, because the Titans deserve a lot better.

9 Comments:

  • At 7:30 AM, Anonymous Truthblade said…

    You don't get it, do you... what DC Comics has become.

    It's been taken over by the "who you know-ers". It's no longer about the quality of the product but, rather, about giving work and money to whatever hack is your good ol' drinkin' buddy.

    Judd Winick is a social-manipulating schmoozer, and he always has been. Dan Didio is just the same. DC Comics is now Corporate Comics, and all decisions made there now are all about promoting suck-ups and Yes Men.

    And, just as in any self-adoring little clique, they have no remorse about hyping up whatever pooplets they'll be putting out for us, the readers, because that's the nature of a clique: it shuts out the outside world, extinguishes and drives out all productive dissent.

    And all that remains is a small cloister of goose-stepping drinking buddies who constantly congratulate each other just how "gosh-darn, awesomely amazing" every craptastic idea that spews forth from their drunken skulls is.

    That's what has happened, and that's why you have all these overhyped crap-tavaganzas coming out of DC, such as the end of "Countdown", where the "end of the world" was just people turning into a bunch of lamely-drawn animorphs, for just a little while.

    Even the "Death of the New Gods" was really nothing more than an excuse to bring them back with some slight variations, such as Darkseid having an omega symbol across his chest.

    "DC" now stands for "Depressing Cronyism".

     
  • At 12:34 PM, Blogger GohanWInner said…

    I agree. Titans is really not good at all. I even feel you were being a little generous not even grading it a D. The story is bad enough, but the art is so bad, especially in issue 2 that it definitely bumps it down to a D no problemo.

    What makes it worse is that I just recently started to read New Teen Titans, which makes the poor storytelling even worse.

     
  • At 8:54 PM, Anonymous uss_titans said…

    I missed Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Thats all I have to say about it.

     
  • At 4:22 AM, Anonymous OLD SCHOOL said…

    HOPEFULLY JUDD CAN TURN THINGS AROUND!

     
  • At 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is very sad what they are doing to what could have been such a great book. What is it with comic companies these days. Marvel comics is just the same as DC. Poor writing. Not much creativity any more. At least in my opinion that is what I am procieving by what I am reading from comic books now adays. The ideas that have been printed have been lame and there isn't much of continuity in comics any more. It seems that writers have the freedom to write what ever they want and it doesn't work. When there is no continuity it doesn't work. it's like trying to put a couple of puzzle pieces together that don't match, it ruins the puzzle, looks horrible and makes no sense. I agree with Truthblade it does seem like they would put good ol' drinkin' buddy on the book that has no idea of the characters.

     
  • At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sucks that it's come down to this. So many people don't know enough and have to be force fed, adding bad writing to the mix makes it worse.

    Also, as a comicvine user, could there be a usage policy for the character bios in the meeting room? Some pages on the site are sadly empty and your work is the best I've seen. Comicvine doesn't allow 'copy/paste' from other sites, but with permission, it may be possible.

    Worst case scenario? I try to write them all up myself and bungle it badly, and BEG the moderators to use the titanstower ones.

     
  • At 12:58 AM, Blogger Lewis Lovhaug said…

    Frankly, Trigon's the only character in the book who actually sounded remotely like his old self, and even that's stretching quite a bit.

     
  • At 2:31 AM, Blogger MetFanMac said…

    Trigon's weakened but he still has "enough power to destroy Earth".

    So why is he having a problem knocking off all the Titans?

    Heck, back when Cyborg turned into the Technis-Cyberion thingy and took over the Moon, he nabbed all of the Titans no problemo, slick and sweet. What, exactly, did he have that Trigon doesn't?

     
  • At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think what would maybe help a little bit is to bring in some more of the characters from the Wolfman/Perez era and do some stories with them.

     

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