Teen Titans Year One
I love me some YEAR ONE books. I love me some BATMAN: YEAR ONE, JLA: YEAR ONE, ROBIN: YEAR ONE, and NIGHTWING: YEAR ONE.
However, this is a case where two great tastes don’t taste great together.
When TEEN TITANS YEAR ONE came out last year, I didn’t purchase it. I was trying to save money and I felt like I could skip this one based upon the promotional art. I know at least one person who enjoyed it, so I tucked away in the back of my mind to read it someday. While at the local library last week with my kids, I saw the graphic novel of TEEN TITANS YEAR ONE on the shelf. I decided to give it a try.
The story was fun and light-hearted; the art was fresh and quirky. However, I’m having a very difficult time accepting this as the official YEAR ONE story for the Teen Titans. If this is just a fun comic, with no implications for the greater DC Universe… fine, I’m sure there are folks out there who loved this. However, accepting this tale as the Teen Titans actual beginning is just unfair to these characters. This reads more like a script for the Teen Titans cartoon than something that should be the ancestor to the Wolfman/Perez Titans.
If looking at this as official DC continuity, then the characterization of the teen heroes is WAY off. All of them are far too socially awkward. Wally acts like Bart. Donna is way too naive. Aqualad looks freakish and acts just plain embarrassing. In fact, I don’t think Kid Flash or Aqualad contributed a single useful thing in the entire comic. <<insert Aquaman/Aqualad joke here>> Regardless of your opinion on Aqualad, he did contribute to the original Teen Titans adventures and wasn’t useless.
Again, if the comic was just for fun and doesn’t have any bearing on the DC Universe proper, then it’s okay. It’s just not my type of story.