By Will Pfeifer, Kenneth Rocafort and Dan Brown
The New 52 launch of the Teen Titans was met with a lot of criticism. Much of it stemmed from bad storytelling or irrational characters, or just random nit picking. Now we have Will Pfeifer trying his hand at writing the team of popular sidekicks and he’s off to a solid start so far, but continuing to tell good stories is easier said than done.
One of the things that Will Pfeiefer has tried to do on his few issues on Teen Titans, is put them into a more realistic world. Raven having fans who love her so much they form a band in her honor, or Bunker getting held up at gun point are fairly real life scenario’s. Mind you that at one Point Pearl Jam was going to name their band Mookie Blaylock after a mediocre professional hoops player. Pfeifer has also injected some personality into the characters that the other series lacked. Wonder Girl being woken up from a nap by Raven and being a little sluggish is very relatable and, frankly, fun to see from time to time. While the threat in this issue isn’t great and dispatched easily, there is surely more to come here. Will Pfeifer has done a fine job distancing his Teen Titans from the previous series and that’s not a bad thing.
The art Duties are handled by Kenneth Rocafort with colors by Dan Brown. Rocafort has a great style, and there are usually not many complaints about his work. This issue did have some off panels, characters that look disproportioned, but overall his work is sound. Wonder Girl and Raven are the best looking characters this issue as Rocafort seems to be the most comfortable drawing them. Having said that, Beast Boy in ostrich form looks pretty good too. Rocafort’s work is getting to the point where it’s always good. His art alone could be reason to buy a monthly title.
Teen Titans has absolutely picked up some steam since coming back onto the scene. Helped out by a well written first arc that is more realistic and some wonderful pencils by Kenneth Rocafort. This may not be a huge book, but it’s definitely a fun one.