Customer Reviews: Teen Titans, Vol. 1: It's Our Right to Fight (The New 52)
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VINE VOICEon November 16, 2012
This is not your T-E-E-N T-I-T-A-N-S, Teen Titans. In fact, it isn't even the Teen Titans from pre- New 52. Of the New 52 book, this is one of the most changed. And it's not all for the good.

This iteration of the Titans is lead by Tim Drake, Batman's former sidekick, as Red Robin. Starting with issue 1 we find Red Robin immediately and without explanation fighting against an international organization called Project N.O.W.H.E.R.E. that seems to be seeking out super-powered young people to capture and turn to their side or to kill them.

Red Robin is joined by Wonder Girl, a thief with powers derived from stolen artifacts, Kid Flash, a young Flash with an unclear history, and a couple others as the story goes on (and who I don't want to spoil the story arch) working towards finding other super-powered teens and saving them from N.O.W.H.E.R.E.. And one major obstacle stands in their way: Superboy.

For fans of the Teen Titans going all the way back to the late 1980s, like myself, I find the switch to new characters tough to swallow. I'm especially troubled by where some of the characters went (see Starfire in Red Hood and the Outlaws, for instance). Cyborg as a member of Justice League is a good fit, but the move leaves very little to work with here. But as jarring as the switch is, Lobdel does a serviceable job bring a compelling story even though not historically an actual Teen Titans story.

The artwork is on par with the other New 52 titles, which means frankly that it looks like all the others. In fact, I am hard pressed to see a big difference between most of the artists at DC who all seem to have graduated from the Jim Lee school of art - top heavy, gravity defying women and strong fisted, glaring men on huge full panel or two page spreads - although there are less random lines. It's well done and colored well, but it doesn't stand out.

Teen Titans volume 1 is just another book in DCs 52 that doesn't do much to stand out.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.
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on October 10, 2012
DC Comics knows how to pull in readers of all fans of their different super heroes to other books. They have the recipe down by now. You spread stories out over different titles and put characters relating to them in new books to attract them. "Teen Titans Volume 1: It's Our Right to Fight" is the perfect example of one of those strategies.

The team is made up of Red Robin, Superboy, Kid Flash, and Wonder Girl. Those ingredients practically guarantee that any reader loyal to Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman is at some point is going to pick the series up. In order to keep them coming back, you have to provide an engaging storyline. Teen Titans is doing just that and more.

Tim Drake spent years at Batman's side as Robin, the Teen Wonder. When an evil international organization named N.O.W.H.E.R.E begins capturing and killing super-powered teens, Drake takes on the costumed identity of Red Robin to battle them. He soon realizes it's going to take a team of super heroes to battle this deadly and gigantic threat. Red Robin is joined by Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, and a few other meta-human youth to do battle with N.O.W.H.E.R.E.'s ultimate weapon: Superboy.

Each of the characters in the book is given a chance to shine. Red Robin, Superboy, and Kid Flash get more face time, but the other characters are given enough to do to make them interesting as well. One of the big things that garnered attention from many press outlets when Teen Titans was relaunched for the New 52 was the announcement that there would be a gay character. Strangely, the super hero named Bunker professes this in two panels of a 160-page graphic novel. It kind of makes you wonder what the point of the big announcement was.

Writer Scott Lobdell takes these different characters from their different walks of life and pits them against enemies that force them to pool their unique talents together to fight for the greater good. That's one of the points made in the book. Different people from all walks of life must ban together to battle a common foe or problem. It's a nice thought even if it is naïve. That's what comic books are for. They're to give us an escape from a world where things don't work the way they should and do on the illustrated page.

Artist Brett Booth takes great care in drawing every hero and villain in the book as intricately as he can. This gives the characters a fleshed out and realistic look. Booth's work is at the same time detailed and sparing. His full page panels are dramatic pieces of art that would look at home on the wall of any modern gallery.

The graphic novel collection features seven pages of bonus material. They include promotional images, character designs, cover sketches, and page layouts. It's interesting to see the process of creating a comic book. I think it gives readers a sense of respect for artists and writers.

"Teen Titans Volume 1: It's Our Right to Fight" is an entertaining read. It gives fans of the extended Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash families another outlet to enjoy every month. Writer Scott Lobdell and artist Brett Booth do a great job complementing each other's work on the book.
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on August 15, 2015
I hadn't read any teen titans before and was unfamiliar with the characters. With that being said, I enjoyed the introduction to the characters and enjoyed the explanations that went along with the characters. It would have been nice to learn a little bit more of some of the characters, but I guess that could be another day. I thought it was an enjoyable read and thought the plot kept my interest to see where it was going. Having no expectations going in, I enjoyed it. I thought the art was good, but not great. Some of the art I enjoyed a lot, but some of it seemed a little too basic and lacking. My rating:
Overall 3.0
Art 2.5
Story 3.5
Characters 2.5
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on June 5, 2014
It should come as no surprise based on my headline that there isn't a lot that is resolved by the end of Vol. 1. Having said that it does set up a lot of potential cool storylines that you want to see through. Red Robin, or Tim Drake, is great. I hadn't read anything featuring his character so when I read this I fell in love with this character. Kid Flash is just like his Young Justice counterpart annoying, funny, heroic, and human. Bunker is an fresh faced Robin fanboy and humble hero whose honest love for who he is and what he does is refreshingly sweet. Wonder Girl, Superboy, and the rest are all likeable in their own way, but they really haven't shined as characters yet.
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on April 25, 2016
Teen titans is off to a solid start. this brings together the new team. I love wonder girl and red robin. they make a great team up in the first few issues. superboy is an interesting character and i have a feeling this series will get better as it goes
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on February 29, 2016
This is a good book. It introduces the characters as it goes so it's very action packed from the get go. It seems a little jumpy here and there but overall it's a good title. The Geoff Johns series is by far my favorite but this isn't a bad version either.
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on August 11, 2015
Excellent new take on the most powerful group of super teens!
I'm a big Red Robin fan so this book was excellent. Not to mention all the other awesome characters like Wondergirl and Kid Flash.
You won't be disappointed!
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on August 14, 2015
I've read a lot of the new 52 and so far out of all the series I've read(green lantern, green lantern new guardians, red lanterns, batman, nightwing, earth 2, futures end, aquaman) this one is well just not the best. Its overall pretty mediocre. The writing isn't all too great in parts and the story just kinda leaves you wanting more. I love Tim drake as a character but this story just sorta seems to come out of nowhere just like the organization of n.o.w.h.e.r.e. I don't know. If you're a fan I wouldnt say its not worth reading but at the same time I would also say there are other new 52 comics that are a bit better than this one. Overall its just okay.
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on December 28, 2015
As far as a series introduction goes for The New 52 Teen Titans goes their is not much more that could have been asked: its highly colorful, well written, fun, and beautiful in its simplicity. The character redesigns are all well done (if only a little over-complicated), and does justice to the older variations of the series while being highly original with the addition of many new elements. Its only a shame that the rest of the series after this couldn't hold up as well.
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on October 18, 2012
As an old collector of the original Teen Titans and the 80s new TT comic, I thought this would be a cool stroll down memory lane. Of course everything is different, yet I really loved the great art work throughout and good story. Looking forward to Vol. 2.
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