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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm going to admit right away that I'm a big fan of Donna Troy. She's one of my favorite comic book characters, and I was extremely glad to have her back. Even so, I don't love everything that this TPB contains.

The first half of this TPB is the Titans/Young Justice "Graduation Day" crossover, where Donna dies. This is not subtle storytelling. Despite the fact that it is a team crossover, the entire story centers on Donna and is used as a just a storytelling device rather than a story itself. That does not mean that it is devoid of good parts. The scenes between Troia and Nightwing were well-written, and the funeral scene was extremely emotional. Although the art left something to be desired, particularly compared to the second half of the TPB, the overall package gets the job done and creates a nice set up for the upcoming Teen Titans and Outsiders.

The "Return" part, while not as tight in storytelling, is a fantastic tribute to the character. It is obvious that Jimenez cares for Donna, as he treats her character lovingly. Such superior treatment has not been seen since the early days of Wolfman/Perez. The first issue does nothing but set up mostly unnecessary exposition. Honestly, if you went to the second issue, the only thing you'd be missing out on is the gorgeous artwork by Garcia-Lopez and George Perez, the man himself.

The second issue, however, starts a fantastic build up of why Donna Troy is important. It concentrates on what she means to some of the important members of both the Titans and the Outsiders, from Wonder Girl to Arsenal. It even manages to remark on how his best friend's death affected Nightwing in the ongoing Outsiders without getting too far into depth and angst. And it isn't only Donna Troy who Jimenez respects with the writing--all of the characters are well-done, and it ties in well enough to the ongoing series that it would have worked just as well if it had been a crossover extra between them. The man has done his homework and he knows the Titans better than many writers have in the past.

It is not the best story to have been written, but as a character piece that highlights what makes Donna Troy "wonderful" and pays homage to the rest of the Titans, this is a true triumph.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
This volume collects all the issues in which Donna Troy was killed, the aftermath, and her return.

The First part of the volume completely fails at putting any emotion or interest into the storyline. The 2 teams of Young Justice and the Titans are brought together by a cooperation looking for a tax pay off. Then a random robot comes in and tries to kill everybody. Oh, and Donna's been having dreams about a random warrior life which is beginning to like. The groups' main members quickly recover when the meet a random Superman robot that kills the Titan Omen and then later kills Donna Troy in a way that the S-robot could have killed anybody. The heroes of the DC universe then decide to have a funeral where both teams disband but have cliffhangers that unless you buy 2 other books doesn't get resolved. The dialogue in this storyline is very bad and the art looks like it wasn't inked at all. 2-stars for the first part because its random and doesn't let you feel for the characters unless you have a deep knowledge of their histories.

The second part of the storyline is where things start to get better. We see why Donna Troy was such an important addition to the DC Universe. It starts out with Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark) trying to deal with Troy's death, then sees what the other heroes are going through. At the very end it shows Cassie and Wonder Woman helping each other with what's happened and is a very emotional, tear-jerking story. 5-stars, the writing is well done and the art is perfect. Never has a death of a hero felt more important.

The third part of the storyline is a mix of what the other parts had-emotion that makes you cry but randomness. We get to see what the other heroe's think of her return before it's even happened (which I guess means they've just been expecting this to happen for a while now and waited). The storyline is fun but then tries to fix Donna Troy's origins and gets very confusing. It ends with a cliffhanger which to see what's going you have to buy another book (again). The writing is okay except for a piece of dialogue in which Jade is more worried about what her ex is going to think about Donna Troy coming back instead of how Donna will be able to handle the changes that have happened. The art is okay, but is inked by George Perez who even though he is a fabulous artist, in this he makes it look like his own pencils. 3 and 3/4 stars.

So even though the first part is lacking a lot and the third part isn't great, the second segment in which you realize how important this event was raises the book one star.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I loved this book and that's why I gave it 5 stars. I'll do you a favor and tell you how to read it in continuity. Read the first part that collects the Young Justice/Titans "Graduation Day" storyline. Then put the book down and start reading Outsiders: Looking for Trouble and Teen Titans Vol. 1: A Kid's Game. Those are the two books that spin off of "Graduation Day".

Then, around middle of Teen Titans run by Geoff Johns and the Outsiders run by Judd Winick go back and read the second part of the book, the Return of Donna Troy.

That's how I should have read it, but even though I didn't it read like a cool prequel. The Graduation Day storyline is cool, and the funeral is very well done. I found myself clearing my throat to avoid getting choked up. The Return story is epic. Great artwork and just a vast plot that really felt like a big deal.

Good stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
This graphic novel is full of cameos by many heroes other than the Teen Titans, including Superman, Wonder Woman and the Metal Men. It is also packed with action from the first page to the last, with unexpected plot twists that keep you uncertain as to where it will all end.
It opens with an extremely powerful cyborg from the future arriving in a damaged state and searching for a means to be repaired. Due to a misunderstanding, the cyborg is mistaken for a hostile and there are several battles where it suffers additional damage. It manages to release a robot Superman that has been imprisoned due to instability and there is a titanic struggle where Donna Troy is "killed."
However, being the spawn of the Titans, Donna does not truly die and is recast to the location of her fellow god Titans, where there is a battle over a planet possessing an extremely powerful weapon. The Teen Titans are transported to Donna's location, but her mind has been altered and the Teen Titans must battle their old friend and comrade in arms.
With action and suspense on every page, the Teen Titans must battle the god Titans of mythology, with a civilization, a planet and a large section of the universe at stake. This is a great story.
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on November 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
The first part of this book, the death of Donna Troy is okay. It's not great, but it's not terrible. Utterly pointless, but readable.

The second part of this book, the return of Donna Troy, is absolute nonsense. Reading it is like chewing on a pound of cotton candy that has been condensed to the consistency of a brick. It's dense for no reason whatsoever, but when you examine it further, there is no substance. And oh, boy is this dense. Page after page of Donna's inane inner monologue telling us things that we already know and repeating information from two pages ago. This is one of the wordiest comics around considering that so little information is conveyed.

The emotional turmoil and the importance of Donna Troy are not earned, but are instead insisted upon. However, for all of this book's insistence that I care about Donna's plight, I just couldn't find it in myself to even be interested, much less to care. This whole saga should have been skipped, but if they HAD to make it happen, it could have been told much better and in a much shorter book. The Return was only 4 issues long, but it felt like 400. It was such a slog to get through and there was no payoff besides helping to kick off Infinite Crisis.

For a book that is ostensibly about a goddess rediscovering her humanity, there is precious little in the way of actual human sentiment here. Between all the mystical mumbo-jumbo and forced emotional manipulation, I found myself actually caring even LESS about these characters than I did before.

I don't recommend this book at all. If you're reading Infinite Crisis and the books leading up to it, just skip this. It's not worth your time. The important stuff will be repeated in IC anyway.
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on November 24, 2008
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I was never able to get the specials when DC first published the death of Donna Troy and then later her return so I was overjoyed to see the collection here. I did have a problem with how easily they killed her off and the limited amount of grief Superman had considering his robot killed not only Donna but Omen. I've loved the Donna Troy character pretty much since I first read about her (and I won't date myself by mentioning what year I first started reading about her and the Teen Titans).
The artistry was pretty good but I didn't get what the whole *pouting lips* thing was through the first section. It pretty much looked like everyone was acting like they just ate something sour or getting ready to go on a major temper tantrum.
Still over all I enjoyed the collection, I do wish the PTB's hadn't re-made Donna's history and left it as it was with Diana finding Donna in a burning building and her being adopted by the Amazon's and getting bits of their powers. Ah well ...
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on September 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is made from more than one comic title, so the first part, Titans/Young Justice, has some obvious manga stylings. The later part is more straightforward, and involves battles on other planets, laying waste to a world, ancient gods, and a Sun-Eater, to top it all off.

At the core though, is emotion - mostly centred around dead and not so dead girls, and women. With a funeral cameo by Superman and Batman, just because they can.
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on May 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Eh... they killed her off so they could bring her back later. By collecting the stories back to back they only make it look like a stunt. It really goes to show how circular the story telling in these comic book universes can be sometimes. Some nice Phil Jimenez art in the second half at least.
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I get Donna Troy is an important person in DCU, but I don't find her interesting, and I found myself not caring about her death or her resurrection--though I'm still a little unclear on how that happened. It's just not that great of a story.
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on April 17, 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
The Death and Return of Donna Troy is one of the best DC stories I have read. It has a pretty deep plot and I love stories dealing with the Amazonians. The book was in great condition. Great Deal.
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