Oh, you. You just couldn’t let me go, could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are incorruptible, aren’t you? You won’t kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won’t kill you because you’re just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever.
Weekly Ones is a weekly post written by me, Drewtos, where I review one brand spankin’ new #1 issue. First impressions are everything. This week I’m diving into Teen Titans #1 published by DC Comics and written by Will Pfeifer (Red Hood and the Outlaws) with art by Kenneth Rocafort (Red Hood and the Outlaws, Superman).
Marvel Comics’ most recent incarnation of Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen, which ended in January 2014 with issue #15, was an amazing achievement. It had a perfect blend of humor, drama, and action. Young Avengers was a great example of how to do a teen superhero book right. So, after living through Scott Lobdell’s dark, depressing run on Teen Titans, it would make sense for DC to follow in their rival’s footsteps. The cover for Teen Titans #1 makes it seem like DC is going for a similar “fun” approach. The use of social media also reminds readers of how Young Avengers very cleverly featured alternate versions of Tumblr and Instagram through out its run. Does Will Pfeifer’s Teen Titans #1 aim to mimic Gillen’s Young Avengers? It’s too early to say.
It might be a little unfair to compare the two books, but seeing the cover for Teen Titans #1 automatically made me think of Young Avengers. That being said, this first issue is definitely fun. We get to see each team member—Wonder Girl, Beast Boy, Raven, and Bunker—use their unique abilities in an attempt to rescue a school bus filled with children held hostage, while Red Robin leads them. While the issue reminds us of all their abilities, it doesn’t take too much time fleshing out the characters backgrounds. Pfeifer may be assuming most readers have read Lobdell’s previous run with that these characters or these character have been featured in plenty of other media already, and no in depth introductions are needed. He wouldn’t be wrong to assume this. Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Beast Boy, and Raven have been staples in the DC Universe for years now, but Bunker, a creation of Scott Lobdell, is still a fairly new character.
One of the last few panels does remind us of the prejudices Bunker has to deal with and I’m always glad to see DC, or any publisher, shed light on the issues of gay rights in a respectful manner, while not becoming too preachy about it. While social commentary is appreciated, Teen Titans is still a book about teen superheroes and fans should have fun when reading it. As far as writing goes, I think Pfeifer has the potential to whip out a series that’s better and funner than Lobdell’s run.
As for the art, I might be a little biased. I’m a huge fan of Kenneth Rocafort’s art. His style is so unique and looks a lot different than DC’s typical house style. Months before Teen Titans #1 hit the stands CBR writer Janelle Asselin criticized Rocaforts cover, specifically his rendition of Wonder Girl, pointing out her breasts are the “size of her head” and they were “popping out of her top.” Despite the backlash DC Comics received after Asselin’s article, the final cover remains the same but features Facebook-esq face-tagging over the character’s faces. Perhaps to distract? While I agreed with Janelle Asselin on the outrageous breast size and impractical costume (some straps would be nice), I can’t say I don’t love the interior art in this first issue, but I would understand if some readers will still have a problem with Wonder Girl’s getup.
Teen Titans #1 is a refreshing first issue. I’m definitely interested in seeing where Will Pfeifer and Kenneth Rocafort take this series. I hope it remains a fun comic, and avoids becoming too dark and depressing like Lobdell’s run. I say check it out.
P.S. - I don’t hate Scott Lobdell. His run on Red Hood and the Outlaws was awesome.
'Prison Break' Alum Wentworth Miller Cast In 'The Flash'
Wentworth Miller / Captain Cold
The Flash has added another villain to appear in its premiere season. Wentworth Miller, who played the lead role on FOX’s Prison Break, has been cast as Leonard Snart, also known as Captain Cold. This news broke during The Flash panel at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour.
In the comics, Leonard Snart/Captain Cold is the leader of The…
Comics Signed by John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson
Got to meet John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson a yesterday, July 17th at midtowncomics. Here’s what I got signed.
- Superman #32 signed by John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson
- Batwoman #33 (Klaus Janson Variant) signed by Klaus Janson
- Gambit (1997) #1-3 signed by Klaus Janson
- Iron Man #149 (Reprint) signed by John Romita Jr.
- Kick-Ass Vol. 1 HC signed by John Romita Jr. & Mark Millar
Look into his eyes and tell yourself he’s just a man.
Tell yourself he can’t know the things he says he does. He can’t know your fears. But he has Alfred. He has your friend. And his eyes…
…you have studied the human eye. There are six eye movements that reveal motive, then fifteen variations of each one.
On everyone else you face—even the most hardened criminals—the pupils contract or expand depending on emotion.
Happiness, laughter, affection. The pupils open.
Fear, anger, hatred, the pupils close.
But not his. His pupils stay fixed, tiny points of blackness, the eyes of someone who hates everything, everyone.
Eyes that let in no light, that see through the darkness, stare into you, each pupil a tiny black pearl fixed in space.
A bullet coming at you. Eyes that say he’s more than a man, eyes that say he knows you.
No… you know what he is. Tell yourself the truth. He’s just a man who fell into a vat of chemical waste. He’s just a man…
Weekly Ones is a weekly post written by me, Drewtos, where I review one brand spankin’ new #1 issue. First impressions are everything. This week I’m diving into Grayson #1 published by DC Comics and written by Tim Seeley (Revival, Batman Eternal) and Tom King (A Once Crowded Sky) with art by Mikel Janin (Justice League Dark).
Dick Grayson, the hero formerly known as Nightwing, is now a secret agent. Those of you who read Nightwing #30, the final issue of that series, are aware of the reasons why this is. If you don’t know, basically Dick Grayson is pretending to be dead by order of his mentor Batman, so he can go undercover and infiltrate the spy organization known as Spyral. Those of you who read Grant Morrison’s Batman, Incorporated should be aware of this organization. The reason Batman wants Dick to infiltrate Spyral is because Spyral is trying real hard to uncover the secret identities of major superheroes and that’s not good for business.
When I first heard that DC was turning Dick into a secret agent I’ll admit I was a bit apprehensive. The idea that Nightwing, one of the coolest heroes in the DCU, was going to no longer be Nightwing struck me as odd. Granted, I loved when Dick became Batman back in the pre-New 52 days. What really made me hopeful for Grayson is the fact that Tim Seeley, who’s be doing great work on Revival from Image Comics, and Tom King, who’s apparently worked for the CIA, are writing the series.That coupled with the very clean and nicely colored artwork from Mikel Janin and we have a book that fans of the character should enjoy.
While he isn’t Nightwing anymore, Dick Grayson is still Dick Grayson. Seeley knows the character well enough to write him in a way that doesn’t make him feel foreign to avid Nightwing readers. The first issue feels like an action packed Bond-esq spy romp at times, as it should, but of course takes place in a world of superheroes. The first issue even features a surprise visit from [SPOILER ALERT] Midnighter and also features the new revamped version of Helena Bertinelli, who was formerly Huntress in the pre-New 52 days. Currently, Huntress is Helena Wayne, the daughter of Bruce Wayne from Earth 2.
Being a fan of Helena Bertinelli/Huntress in the past I’m definitely interested in seeing where Seeley and King take this new incarnation of the character. From this first issue she definitely feels like a character I can see myself siding with, but I still need more. Luckily, Grayson #1 does what every good first issue does and makes me want to pick up the second. The ending, while not that unexpected of a twist, can mean major ramifications for the DCU.
Grayson #1 is good, but not great. Although, it does have the potential to be great. The art is pleasant to look at and the writing/dialogue is on point. While I might miss seeing Dick jump from rooftop to rooftop as Nightwing, I’m open to reading this latest era of his life. To Nightwing fans, I say give it a chance. If you don’t want to, don’t fret, I’m sure Dick will be back in red and black (or blue and black) tights eventually.
This preview for Robin Rises: Omega #1, which is supposedly the first part of Robin’s triumphant return, shows a lot of pre-New 52 events. Writer Peter J. Tomasi and artists Jonathan Glapion and Andy Kubert recap events from Final Crisis, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, and Grant Morrison’s run on Batman and Robin. Pretty interesting.
Robin Rises: Omega #1 hits stores shelves this Wednesday, July 16. Check out the preview above and full solicitation info below.
Art by: Jonathan Glapion, Andy Kubert
Cover by: Andy Kubert
Variant cover by: Cliff Chiang
Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Series: ROBIN RISES: OMEGA 2014
U.S. Price: 4.99
On Sale Date: Jul 16 2014
Volume/Issue #: 1
Trim Size: Comic
Page Count: 48
The hunt for Robin is over, and the battle joined! But Batman’s family feud with Ra’s al Ghul is about to erupt into something bigger when it’s interrupted by the forces of Apokolips! This epic story continues in this month’s BATMAN AND ROBIN #33!
(via DC Comics)
Lucy Griffiths Off NBC’s ‘Constantine’
Back in March 2014 it was announced that True Blood alum Lucy Griffiths would star opposite Matt Ryan in NBC’s upcoming series Constantine. In a surprising turn of events, the creators of Constantinehave decided to move in a different direction and write Griffith’s character Liv out of the show. Rather than recasting the role they have decided to bring…
'Batgirl' Gets a New Look and Creative Team
In recent weeks DC Comics has announced a slew of upcoming change-ups to their line of comic books. From new titles like Gotham Academy, Deathstroke, and Lobo to new creative teams on Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, and Catwoman, a lot of these change-ups are expected to hit this October.
Also shifting gears this October is Batgirl. Currently written by Gail…