Story-Arc: Titans Forever.
Writer(s): Judd Winick.
Illustrator(s): Joe Benitez, Ian Churchill and many more!
Publisher: DC Comics.
Release Date: October 2nd 2018.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆.
Ever felt like you didn’t belong anywhere? That you were constantly being thrown around left and right by those who couldn’t afford to look out for you all the time? That feeling of finding a home where you were just as important as the person next to you can change you in so many ways. Going up against the evil out in the world, the Titans formed a group of their own and became a unity that was far too knitted-together for anyone to destroy. The lessons they learn together often arises from the trials they face and the solidarity that they showcase, but at the end of the day, trust is always key to their survival. But what happens when you insert doubt within their minds? Can they ever find it in them to become what they grew to be: a family?
Titans: Together Forever brings together a legendary team of friendly and young superheroes to fight off an unknown threat that seeks to eliminate anyone who has ever been a Titan. Although they have always stuck together to fight off crime while looking up to their idols who form a league of their own, these Titans have had to split up to deal with their own issues and responsibilities. In order to fill the void formed by their absence, new recruits have been brought together by Cyborg to form the new Titans. Things however don’t go according to plan when a tragedy strikes them and the original Titans realize that they need to get back together to figure out who is behind it all, but also why they’ve all got a target on their backs. Collecting Titans #1-11 and Titans East Special #1, this volume offers fans the chance to enjoy a glimpse of what Titans are about, and so much more.
Originally published as single issues back in 2008, the first dozen issues finally get collected and it is quite the treat. The story doesn’t solely focus on figuring out who the mysterious threat is and why anyone who has ever been a Titan is being hunted down as that very story arc ends halfway through the volume. The second story arc jumps to another issue at hand as the Titans are visited by an old friend who needs their help, but has difficulty accepting it unless it is done by his terms. To the very least, both stories are entertaining and cohesive in their own right. They don’t necessarily venture in complex ideas, but serve as a great way to introduce every member of the Titans as well as their history. You get a very thorough idea of who they are and what drives them, while still having an authentic take on the relationship between each of them; some spicier than others.
Early in the volume there are a lot of characters introduced, but it is never too overwhelming as the story slowly focuses, as it develops, on the key members and their role in the bigger scheme of things. But what makes this a bit more addictive and entertaining is the artwork. It will come as a surprise for some, but the artwork is extremely generous with curves for women and muscles for men. While these aren’t exactly teenagers, but closer to young adults, they all exhibit some form of sexuality through their designs, but also through their dialogue—careful around Beast Boy and his perverted and horny jokes. While technically it is excessive, I had a hilarious time finding out how far the artists would go with some of these characters. If anything, I think Starfire was the one who played the most with her skin-clothing ratio. It is however worth mentioning that it is sometimes quite beautiful, even though some designs were cringe-worthy. One thing that recurrently annoyed me was how the facial expressions could greatly vary throughout the story.
Titans: Together Forever is a fun starting point for anyone to find out what the Titans have always been about. It’s not just about taking down the bad guy, it’s about finding a home among others, a place to belong, a family to cherish and protect.
Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy for review!
If you thought DC couldn’t go any darker, think again. Titans (2018) is our first live-action TV series of the Teen Titans and it is bound to raise plenty of eyebrows. With insane amount of controversy around Starfire and Beast Boy’s casting and/or costume, among other things, like its overall tone and direction, I’m definitely excited to see if everyone’s first impression was the right impression.
Coming to DC Universe (streaming service for U.S. residents) on October 12th 2018, and on Netflix (internationally) soon!
P.S. The show isn’t exactly based on this comic book story in particular.