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Titans: Scissors, Paper, Stone Paperback – May, 1997
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Perhaps Adam Warren's only work for DC Comics, Titans: Paper, Stone, Scissors," is a fun romp set in the far flung future, where a formerly earthbound galactic diaspora has populated the stars. Four undergrads (a disaster survivor, a parasitic alien occupying a host body, an non-believing poly-theistic magician & a young athlete) come together to re-create ancient 20th-century superhero archtypes (DC Comics Cyborg, Starfire, Raven & Nightwing, respectively) to save their university from the imminent attack of WMD's gone wild.
I also recommend his more recent "Empowered" paperback series (super-hero parody, with tons of fan service), published by Dark Horse Comics & his tamer, more scifi oriented "Iron Man-Hypervelocity" and "Livewires" mini-series for Marvel Comics. (My only reservation about the later two titles is Warren didn't provide finished art... instead scripting and doing the page layout for the stories.)
But since this is an Adam Warren book that's only the tip of what's going on. Like his work with the Dirty Pair and Empowered, this book is filled with mad ideas. Look for a guy wearing a leather jacket cloned from his girlfriend's skin cells (ROMANTIC!), an AI based on a 20th century fictional character, bizarre magical rituals and fun future slang.
Also look for any and all superhero cliches to be mocked and skewered.
This is a fun read for any comic fan and belongs on your shelf.
This is, as Miller's and Moore's above mentioned works, an enlightning examination on the superhero's figure, recreated in a distant future by a bunch of weird teenagers. From that distance, Warren's analysis of it gives us a unique perspective.
The story is amazing, breathtaking and mature, and the ending is just great. Warren's take on the characters is great, his Batman gives us the real feel of it in a nutshell.
The art is soooo appropriated for the future setting, kind of manga takeover.
I loved everything of it, and you will too. I'm planning to buy a second copy, and maybe a third one, to keep for the future generations.
Especially interesting was the "appearance" of a current DC superhero and how Warren managed to incorporate him into the new Titans! From beginning to slam-bang finish, this story is well worth your time and money.
This is Warren when he's most intelligent. A great read for the casual reader, this story also offers a highly intelligent, satiric meta-story about the stupidity of super-hero comics (sic!). Well worth the read if you like your comics more intelligent than just mindless action.
The only complaint I can really have about this are the garish colors, but that is a matter of taste.