Comic Name: Teen Titans (Volume 4)
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Brett Booth
# of Issues: 7
Release Date: 2012
Reprints Teen Titans (4) #1-7 (November 2011-May 2012). A group called N.O.W.H.E.R.E. has an agenda. It is collecting superhuman youths for a nefarious plot, and Red Robin is out to stop them. Gathering a group of superhumans targeted by N.O.W.H.E.R.E., Red Robin and his new Teen Titans are facing off against N.O.W.H.E.R.E. Unfortunately, N.O.W.H.E.R.E. has its own watchdog in its creation Superboy, and Superboy could be more than a match for the Teen Titans.
Written by Scott Lobdell and art by Brett Booth, Teen Titans Volume 1: It’s Our Right to Fight was part of DC Comics’ New 52 relaunch. The series was released to largely negative reviews.
New Teen Titans was one of my favorite DC books and one of the only reasons I would read DC as a kid (being a Marvelite). I always give the Teen Titans a chance and with the New 52 relaunch, the series was definitely on my radar. I read the first issue and instantly was disappointed.
In the New 52 world, this is the first Teen Titans team (allegedly…there were other references in other books that indicated it wasn’t). This means all the back history I liked and enjoyed about the team was gone. Things change and this is acceptable, but Lobdell’s writing on this title is awful.
The series reads like a ’90s Image comic. Characters like Skitters and Bunker scream ’90s. I don’t mind Tim Drake as Red Robin, and I always like Wonder Girl. The jerky Superboy (who also has his own title running parallel to this) had potential, but Lobdell did make him pretty unlikable…I also wish that Solstice had just been Raven.
The only thing I did really like about this volume is that Danny the Street is back and that was a unique choice. Danny was a creation of Grant Morrison for his run on Doom Patrol and was almost a joke in his “abilities” and “power”. It was a unique decision to include him in this book and I do commend that.
Teen Titans 1: It’s Our Right to Fight is kind of sloppy and disorganized With a clean slate after Flashpoint, I hoped DC would really, really do something great with the Teen Titans that have been floundering for years. Unfortunately, Teen Titans continued to be a mess. Teen Titans 1: It’s Our Right to Fight was followed by Teen Titans 2: The Culling which included issues also collected in The Culling: The Rise of the Ravagers.