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New Teen Titans: Games Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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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.
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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.
Over the next twenty-some years, the two men flirted with bringing their story idea to fruition, but nothing came of it. They actually were close to making it happen in the mid-2000's, but once again things fell through for them. Finally, the past few years, they got the go-ahead to make their concept a reality. Thus, this graphic novel was born.
The story begins with a terrorist that is wreaking havoc around the world, and leaving calling-cards for Agent King Faraday, who works for a government intelligence agency similar to the CIA. Not knowing where else to turn, he uses his extensive files to find a way to contact the Titans and convince them to work for him in finding this nut.
As the Titans go about investigating, they find themselves matched against unusual enemies. Well, unusual in that each Titan faces an enemy that seems to be tailored specifically to fight him or her and him or her alone. From the leader in Nightwing/Dick Grayson on down, each one must wage a battle against an opponent who is relatively evenly matched in some way or by some power.
The Titans are at first overwhelmed, but quickly turn the tables, and find the true culprit, and it is a bit of a shocker. One wonders if the villain didn't choose the Titans specifically so that they WOULD lose, and indeed whether the villain wanted to lose.
This was a really fun bit of a post-<i>Crisis on Infinite Earths</i> throwback. Seeing these characters in their '80's clothes, hair styles, and vernacular was really neat. Even the characterization of the cast seemed to designed to have each one be exactly as they were twenty years ago, and not today. As you will see if you compare this and other comics then to those of today, any of these characters can be broadly the same, but different in little ways that add up.
I really loved the added walkthrough where Wolfman and Perez contrast the process of finally creating this tale, and show what changes were made, and where. After twenty-some years, something was going to change. Yet, the fact that the story and characters remained as much the same as they did, and that these two men were able to settle in seamlessly into this role and do these characters correctly, shows their immense talents.
The artwork was terrific. While it wasn't aesthetically pleasing in the way that other works of the time (<i>Batman: The Long Halloween</i>, <i>Batman: Year One</i>, <i>Crisis on Infinite Earths</i>) were, it didn't have to be. It had to evoke the feeling of the comics at the time, and this it did well.
If you are at all a fan of the comics of that period of the late '80's, or a fan of comics <i>PERIOD</i>, you will enjoy this book.
That I was able to actually get a hardcover copy of the book, at such a good price, well it now graces my Library, next to my other grand Perez artwork masterpieces----I am truly a Perez devotee!!
A beautiful cover....beautiful Perez artwork......a sad way to end this incarnation...but, all things being said....Life does indeed go on.......and true to form, they went back to the very beginnings, and ended as they were.....TITANS!!
Long Live the Titans....Longer Life, to Marv and George!!! R.Ruiz :)
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