Titans 2023 #1 Teaser

TITANS (2023) #1 [Review]

TITANS (2023) #1 / Script by TOM TAYLOR / Art by NICOLA SCOTT / Colors by ANNETTE KWOK / Letters by WES ABBOTT / Covers by NICOLA SCOTT & ANNETTE KWOK, JIM LEE, SCOTT WILLIAMS & ALEX SINCLAIR, JEN BARTEL, BRUNO REDONDO, DAN MORA & SIMONE DI MEO / Published by DC COMICS

It would not be hyperbole to call Titans #1 the most highly anticipated book of the year. On writing duties, you have Tom Taylor, one of the hottest writers in all of comics, whose run on Nightwing with artist Bruno Redondo revitalized the character. For art, you have Nicola Scott, beloved artist, who fans have been wanting to see handle Nightwing on a regular basis since a certain famous panel that gets reposted everywhere fans wish to discuss the best butt in comics. Expectations were high heading into this title, and I’m happy to say that this first issue did not disappoint.

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This first issue quickly establishes the new status quo, with the Titans reforming to take the place of the Justice League. Operating out of a new Titans’ Tower in Nightwing’s city of Blüdhaven, the team must avert a disaster that must be seen to be believed. The issue ends with a mystery for the team to solve in future issues.

Despite this exciting action, Taylor’s script emphasizes the relationships between the heroes. Raven and Beast Boy get the most development in this area, with the two heroes having entered into a romantic relationship and Gar Logan suffering from PTSD as a result of recent events. Yet there is still plenty of the humor for which Taylor is famous… and infamous, which suits these characters well.

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Nicola Scott’s art is poetry in motion, plain and simple. Her character designs are amazing, with no sense of sameness to the faces and an array of expressions that perfectly convey the emotions outside of the dialogue. The action sequences are well blocked throughout. The colors of Annette Kwok and the letters of Wes Abbott provide the perfect accompaniment to Scott’s symphonic pencils and inks.

If you are a Teen Titans fan, this is the book you’ve been waiting for. If you aren’t a Teen Titans fan, this book will make you into one. This is the best first issue of a Titans comic since Wolfman and Perez worked their magic over forty years ago.

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