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Posted July 9, 2013
The <i>DC Comics</i>
“New 52” iteration of the young superheroes known as the Teen Titans continues with <i>Teen Titans, Vol. 2: The Culling</i>
. I must start by stating how this is a very bad title. The first two issues of this collection are a part of the cross-over event known as “the Culling”, but that is it. The issue seems to be split into three parts: the end of the Culling event, a weird adventure with Kid Flash that I can't possibly figure just <i>where</i>
it fits into the <i>Teen Titans</i>
comic or the larger <i>DC Comics</i>
universe, and an adventure with Superboy, Red Robin and Wonder Girl that ends with what seems to be a lead-in to the Batman family cross-over, “Death of the Family”.
The best story was the Wonder Girl two-parter, which told her origin story, and made some movement on the attraction between her and Red Robin. In fact, the volume was enjoyable over all, but it still had some issues. The stories were so disjointed and were used to complete or contribute to story arcs for other titles. In other words, it had the same problems I identified in my review of <i>Batgirl, Vol. 2: Knightfall Descends</i>
that that comic had, but without the same overall theme tying everything together. Well, maybe one could push it and say that it had the trust and feelings of the new team learning to work together as a theme, but that would be a stretch.
What saved this volume was the artwork and the fact that, even slightly messed up due to editorial mandates, the writers of the comic know their craft. They can tell a terrific tale. They really establish these superhuman (and in the case of Red Robin, super-trained) characters as real people you just naturally find yourself wanting to root for. And as for the artwork, well, it is gorgeous, with the characters drawn beautifully.
This book should have been a great volume of comics, but it's disjointed structure just made it a bit of a mess, and not nearly as good as it could have been.
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