By: Cynthia Ayala
Continuing from Monday I bring you comic reviews! I’m starting off today with my personal favorite Teen Titans #1, a comic that was cancelled and has been given an amazing re-launch, followed by Robin Rises: Omega #1, a double sized issue by P. J. Tomasi that recaps the journey between father and son and will begin a new journey as Batman faces off against the forces of Apokolips. And rounding up these reviews is Red Hood and the Outlaws #33 that really shows a softer side to the overly sexual powerhouse Starfire.
Teen Titans #1 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 16, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
Blinded by the Light Part 1
One word: AMAZING! This was a great re-launch for the Teen Titans comic series. And that is really saying a lot.
With this new re-launch, the team is together much the way it ended after a small hiatus, same characters and same new designs – except Beast Boy, who has returned to his natural green – but the story has launched these teen heroes into new adventures. There’s no more talk of them being a team, they are a team, they are a singular group dedicated to taking on organizations like N.O.W.H.E.R.E. Red Robin, the oh-so-wonderful (yes I’m in love with a comic character – don’t tell me none of you aren’t in love with Wonder Woman or the like) Tim Drake, has a strong leadership over this group. One of the elements that is missing however, is the teen angst, but that’s good! There doesn’t need to be an overload of teen angst in this comic, and that really worked in favor of this comic, especially with Beast Boy continuing to be his comical self.
Pfeifer did an amazing job bringing this new series to life. He hasn’t undone what Lobdell started back in 2011, but he has given the team a stronger foundation and a better dynamic. Additionally, the pace of the story was fast. It launched into an action packed story that has created this strong mystery, a reason to keep the plot and story going forth without having it drag.
And I don’t think I have to say it, but Rocafort’s artwork is amazing. He is one of my personal favorite artists, and all the reasons why are highlighted on the cover. Wonder Girl’s design is amazing. He was part of the new 52 Teen Titans 2011 series, and his technique regarding all the characters is amazing. His lines and angles are well constructed, and the little things he puts in, the subtle texture, the elegant shading, enhances the visual attention of the reader. Of course, he is partnered with an amazing colorist like Dan Brown whose use of color is amazing, so that is to expected.
I expect great things from this re-launch.
WRITER: WILL PFEIFER
ARTIST: KENNETH ROCAFORT
COLORIST; DAN BROWN
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Robin Rises: Omega #1 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 16, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $4.99)
Red Dawn Omega
My heart aches after reading this issue. I loved Damian, and when Grant Morrison killed him, I was in tears, literal tears. If I didn’t think the arc would someday be worth a lot of money I would have burned it like people did back in the day when Marvel killed Gwen Stacy (I would have been at those bon fires too). But Tomasi, who I’m sure many of you know is one of my favorites, is starting to get my hopes up – in all the best ways.
In this issue of ROBIN ROSES: OMEGA the entire journey Batman has taken with him son is recapped, captivating new readers an old. If you haven’t been reading DC Comics, this is the issue you want to pick up, especially if you are a Batman fan. Tomasi just did a brilliant job recapping the past 2 years of Batman and Robin, picking the pivotal moments in the father and son relationship to highlight the bond and the love and devotion between the characters. Every scene has a meaning, a captivating series of events to bring the characters to life. As the reader reads this issue, from beginning to end, they are thrown into the events at a tantalizing speeds, recapping the events of the past year two years, and building up to the final page that is going to launch into an epic event.
No matter how this ends, Batman will be regaining his Robin, and the dynamic duo will be one again, but while the hope is to get Damian back, that isn’t set in stone just yet, and the journey this issue offers is amazing, from the opening page to the very last frame.
If you are not reading Batman, this is the issue to pick up and get hooked.
WRITER: PETER J. TOMASI
PENCILLER: ANDY KUBERT
INKER: JONATHAN GLAPOIN
COLORIST; BRAD ANDERSON
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Red Hood and the Outlaws #33 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 16, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
Good Will Hurting
Woo! This was a very Kori-centric issue that finally gave Kori some depth again. This isn’t the first time this has happened to her character, but every time the writers actually develop her character, they return her to the lackluster stoic character that may be the muscle on the team with her extraordinary powers and strength, but her personality has never really shined, and considering she has such a dark past, there is so much there to empower her character. And finally, someone is using her dark past to give her character depth and make the readers really feel for her character.
In this issue, Lobdell has brought history to the character of Kori, showing a softer side of her character that hasn’t really been seen in the new 52. Her character has so much heart, and readers are able to see it in the opening pages of this issue as she leads slaves to safety. And then, flash forward, Lobdell shows why this latest incident has affected her so much. It’s such a breath of fresh air. We get it, she’s a hot character, but she’s so much more than that, and it’s nice to see this issue highlight by developing her character and showing what affects her the most.
All in all, it was a very good issue in regards to artwork. Silva and Yackey were also good choices for the illustration, especially in the first few pages recounting the past. The color usage was bright and colorful, showing the brightness in her youth, and Silva’s design, his texture and lining were both expressive and impressive, This really was an impressive issue.
WRITER: SCOTT LOBDELL
ARTIST: RB SILVA
COLORIST: MATT YACKEY
PUBLISHING: DC COMICS