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Product Details

  • Series: New Teen Titans
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401233228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401233228
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

One of the most prolific and influential writers in modern comics, Marv Wolfman began his career as an artist. Wolfman has helped shape the heroic careers of DC Comics' Green Lantern, Blackhawk and the original Teen Titans, as well as Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Nova and Tomb of Dracula. In addition to co-creating THE NEW TEEN TITANS and CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS with George Pérez, Wolfman was instrumental in the revamp of Superman after CRISIS. Wolfman has also written several novels and worked on the Superman: The Animated Series and the Teen Titans animated series on Cartoon Network. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Was it worth the wait . . . YES!
It's one final look at the world of the Teen Titans that Marv Wolfman and George Pérez created for us.
Omar Josef Guerrero
By the stories end i not only didn't care who the big bad guy was, i also lost the plot strands entirely.
Matthew Lane

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Omar Josef Guerrero on October 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Finally! After twenty-three years of waiting, Marv Wolfman and George Pérez's original graphic novel is in the hands of die-hard New Teen Titans fans like myself. `The New Teen Titans: Games' was originally Wolfman and Pérez's swansong collaboration to the title which they created to box-office success in the good old eighties. Many thought that this story would never see the light of day had it not been for the efforts of DC's creative team who pulled this off.

Good idea, bad timing
Having worked together for five years or so to make The New Teen Titans DC's number one selling title (rivalling Marvel's Uncanny X-Men), Wolfman and Pérez had to part ways after "Crisis on Infinite Earths". `Crisis', as many comic fans from the 80's would know, is the multiverse-destroying 12-issue maxi-series that changed DC's confusing history. With a new assignment from DC to plot and draw the revamped Wonder Woman, Pérez could only do so much and had to sacrifice the The New Teen Titans which he helped popularize. Wolfman, however, stayed on the series, which was renamed The New Titans after the characters became adults, for some time despite Pérez's absence. The two reunited for a brief run on The New Titans but the magic was never the same as before.
So when DC announced that they would do "The New Teen Titans: Games" graphic novel with Wolfman and Pérez working on the Titans for the last time, fans remembered how good their first collaboration was and started salivating at the thought of an original story in graphic novel form. But due to Pérez's tight schedule and Wolfman going through an extended writer's block, `Games' had to be shelved time and time again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jim Davis on October 23, 2011
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...but it put me off in places.

All 120 odd pages of this book are drop dead gorgeous in the manner that only George Perez at his best can deliver. It absolutely blows you away.

The basic plot is also quite competent. Not hugely original but interesting.

However, the execution was flawed. It was confusing, especially towards the beginning. It relied too much on gratuitous death and mayhem for effect. It also placed the Titans in the position of not so much preventing tragedy but in making the tragedy less tragic than it could have been. This "thousands died but it could have been millions" approach to superhero storytelling that has become the norm since the '80s makes superheroes ineffectual.

Most seriously the plot twist at the end was tiresome when this book was conceived in the '80s and has only gotten more so since. I can't say more without spoiling.

Personal tastes vary, of course, and I am not surprised that others love this book. There is a lot to love. Highly recommended for the art; the story was not prime Titans in my opinion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric K. VINE VOICE on January 27, 2012
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I was soooooooooo looking forward to this graphic novel. The New Teen Titans from the 1980s was (and probably still is) my favorite comic book. It was what got me hooked into reading comics for decades to come. When I heard that original creators Marv Wolfman and George Perez were teaming up to do a graphic novel based on my favorite team (ever!), I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! Sadly, I was a bit disappointed.

The story "Games" was just average. It reads like your basic technological action movie. This was nowhere near the quality I would expect from such masters of their craft. Where were stories like the first ones involving Deathstroke, Trigon, Blackfire, Brother Blood, or Terra?

More disappointing than the plot was the membership of this particular New Teen Titans. Wolfman chose not to go with the original team that burst onto the scene in 1980; he chose to use the team with members from later years. In fact, it was probably one of the weakest memberships. Donna was no longer Wonder Girl, Wally had gone off as the Flash, Terra was already dead, Speedy had already left the team, and Raven was already in her white costume (instead of the original blue).

Most disappointing was the inclusion of Danny Chase. Bleh! Whoever thought this was a good character was sadly mistaken. He's like the annoying Agent Cody Banks of DC Comics...and that's *not* a compliment. According to Wikipedia, "Problematically, the character was often portrayed as an overly snide, egotistical brat.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mint City Comics on October 29, 2011
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The fabled Wolfman/Perez Titans graphic novel finally sees the light of day over 20 years later. Perez has always been a top-notch craftsman and this story is no exception. Highly detailed illustrations and page layout remain consistent throughout this colorful package. Unfortunately the story is something of a mess, obviously rewritten in parts from its original premise. Some shaky motivations and villains out of bad 80s/90s computer and role-playing games tended to make this reader wince at times. Admittedly nostalgia fueled most of my enjoyment of this story, but for those not having lived through the 80s era of Titans, this will probably be a major disappointment.
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Marv Wolfman has created more characters that have gone on to television, animation, movies and toys than any other comics creator since Stan Lee. Marv is the writer-creator of Blade, the Vampire Hunter which has been turned into three hit movies starring Wesley Snipes, as well as a TV series. Marv also created Bullseye, the prime villain in the 2003 movie, Daredevil, and was the writer-creator of the New Teen Titans which was a runaway hit show on the Cartoon Network. It has also been picked up as a live action movie. Marv's character Cyborg, has also been featured on the TV show Smallville, while his Superman creation, Cat Grant, was a regular on the Lois And Clark, The New Adventures of Superman TV series. Many of Marv's other characters have appeared on many animated series.
Beyond comics, Marv writes video games, novels, cartoons, animation and lots more. Marv wrote the direct-to-video animated movie, The Condor, for POW Entertainment, released in March, 2007, and just completed his newest direct-to-DVD animated movie, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract" based on his own comic story. Marv also wrote the novelization of Superman Returns" - which won the industry SCRIBE Award for best speculative fiction novel adapted, as well as co-wrote the "Superman Returns" Electronic Arts video-game. His book "Homeland," the Illustrated History of the State of Israel" was published in April 2007 and has already won many awards including the prestigious National Jewish Book Award. He has also written a novel based on his own comic, Crisis on Infinite Earths which was published in April, 2005. Marv was also Editorial Director for 15 graphic albums for the educational market, targeting high school students who read with a 3rd -5th grade level.
Marv co-created and co-wrote The Gene Pool, a feature length live-action movie. Marv also co-created, story-edited and was co-Executive Producer of Pocket Dragon Adventures, a 52-episode animated series appearing on the Bohbot TV network. Marv has written dozens of animated TV episodes as well as developed and story-edited the animated series' The Transformers, The Adventures of Superman and Monster Force.
Marv has also been Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics, senior editor at DC Comics and founding editor of Disney Adventures magazine. He has also edited and produced educational comics and was given a special commendation by the White House for his work on three anti-drug comics for the "Just Say No" program.
Marv is married to his lovely wife, Noel, a senior producer at Blizzard entertainment, and has a wonderful daughter, Jessica, from his first marriage. Marv & Noel also have a obstreperous Keeshond dog named Elle Dee Deux (L.D.) who is currently chewing on everything that is and isn't nailed down.

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