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Series: Teen Titans: Rebirth #1
Published by DC Comics on June 20th 2017
Genres: Comic, Graphic Novel, Superhero
As a part of DC Universe: Rebirth, the son of Batman, Damian Wayne, joins the Teen Titans!Amazon •
The Teen Titans are further apart than ever before...until Damian Wayne recruits Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and the new Kid Flash to join him in a fight against his own grandfather, Ra's al Ghul! But true leadership is more than just calling the shots--is Robin really up to the task? Or will the Teen Titans dismiss this diminutive dictator?
The team will have to figure this out fast, as a great evil from Damian's past is lurking around the corner, ready to strike at the team's newest leader and destroy the new Teen Titans before they even begin!
The newest era of one of DC's greatest super-teams begins here in Teen Titans, Volume 1: Damian Knows Best! Written by Benjamin Percy (Green Arrow) with spectacular art by newcomer Jonboy Meyers.
Collecting: Teen Titans 1-5, Rebirth
“No mammal but the bat can fly. What happened, fifty million years ago, that made it trade out its arms and take wing? I think the bat made a choice. Genes don’t simple change. They have to be switched on. Triggered. It could have gone on living as it was born. But instead it approached a precipice-and dared to leap-and won its future.”
Unfortunately, I have to start off with a warning that the artist changed before the completion of the first graphic novel. If you’re a stickler for having the same artist, or at least trying to find a replacement with the same style, I wouldn’t pick this one up. The art after the first issue makes thirteen year old Damian look like a pudgy eight year old with a receding hairline.
That sort of proves a bit of my next point about the writer. *sigh* I hate bashing on books or comics, but this is just so choppy and not thought out. I admit I haven’t read any of Benjamin Percy’s works before, and I’m not quite sure he knows very much about the Batman universe.
“I had a choice. Follow In the footsteps of the world’s greatest crime lord or the world’s greatest detective…and I chose the Batman!”
There are props to be given for mentioning Batman as the world’s greatest detective; I think some people keep forgetting that, and it’s a simple enough sentence, but anyone who knows Ra’s al Ghul knows he is no crime lord. We’re not talking about a maffia here; we’re talking about the League of Assassins.
Now, Damian is a character, I’ve learned, people either love or hate. Usually there is no in between. For me Damian is one of my top Robins! Sadly, he has poorly characterized here. Is Damian arrogant? Yes. Is he a bit of a bully? Of course. But one thing the Son of Batman, the Grandson of Ra’s al Ghul does NOT do is throw a tantrum like a three year old.
On the good side, kidnapping the teen titians does sound like something Damian would do instead of approaching them individually and asking, and the titians’ reactions to Damian were entertaining. But again, Damian asking for the original Titan Tower to be built is NOT Damian’s character. He’s too much like his father, and grandfather for that matter, and would see that giant “T” as atrocious and prefer to keep a base hidden and well protected.
The art in the beginning is fantastic, but as the art changed so did my opinion. There are a few high points revolving around jokes (Alfred is and will always be the best), but it’s not enough to keep this comic out of the dirt. As much as I hate to say it, but what Damian Knows Best does not have my seal of approval.