Teen Titans

Teen Titans

Vol. 2, The Rise of Aqualad

Graphic Novel - 2018
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"The Teen Titans are settling into their new lives in Titans Tower in San Francisco ... even if answering to Damian Wayne takes a lot of getting used to. But Beast Boy, Raven, Starfire and Kid Flash soon have a lot more than an overbearing Robin to worry about--a prison breakout has led to a string of disappearances, and some of them hit close to home. Now, to rescue the kidnapped, the Titans will have to go toe-to-fin with King Shark, and the Titans are out of their depth ... literally! But a new teen hero named Jackson Hyde has seen the Titans in action, and he's headed to Titans Tower to try to join the team. Will Aqualad be enough to turn the tide for the Teen Titans ... or will the mystery of his powers unleash an even deadlier threat on the team?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781401275044
Branch Call Number: YAGN PERCY
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm.
Alternative Title: Rise of Aqualad


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Nov 07, 2019

I’m not sold on this Titans series, which is out of character for me because I’d say that the Teen Titans are my favourite superhero team, but I’m not loving this.

The team isn’t really feeling like a team, and to me the corner stone of any Teen Titans series is for them to feel like friends, family even. They barely interact as a group or “team bonding moments”, and when they do Damian is yelling at them. They are usually pairs off and interact within smaller groups, but overall I think that the chemistry between the team isn’t there. There hasn’t been many moments where the character's personality have really shined, and they feel really flat
A second issue I have is what Damian. Usually, I really like Damian but because there isn’t an authority figure here to call him out on his behaviour, he gets a little out of control. This is one of the major factors that makes it seem like teams are just coworkers and not friends. If you dislike Damian, I can’t imagine you being a fan of this series.
Will say, I really enjoyed Jackson Hyde/Aqualad’s origins and the lore attracted to it. I thought it was a great character introduction and his interaction with Garth was the highlight of the book for me. Aqualad’s story turned a 2 star read into a 2.5 star for me.

2.5/5 stars, 11 issues in, I doubt that it will greatly improve in the next volume, but crazier things have happened. It was a fine read, but would not go out of my way to recommend it.

Jul 24, 2018

Meh. A bit hard to get through. Benjamin Percy is a better writer on other DC titles. This didn't do much for me at all.


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