Teen Titans #27


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Teen Titans #27


  • Words: Gail Simone
  • Art: Rob Liefeld
  • Inks: N/A
  • Colors: Matt Yackey
  • Story Title: Legacy Part 1
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $2.50
  • Release Date: Aug 24, 2005

The regular creator team on Teen Titans takes a break to allow Gail Simone and Rob Liefeld to play in their sandbox. But should they have?

The story starts with Robin and the Titans chasing down a couple of metahuman teenagers, who have suddenly decided that even though they are all rich they still need to rob someone. The Titans step in to break it up before anyone gets killed. But it doesn’t take long for these kids to show up again, causing even more trouble, and this time with someone else who happens to be pulling all the strings. The regular Titans aren’t all by themselves though, as the new Hawk and Dove make their return.

In the world of decompressed storytelling, it seems weird to complain that a book has too much going on, but that is the problem here. Maybe it’s because she only has two issues on the book, but Gail Simone seems to have crammed three books worth of stories into this one issue. There is the breaking up of the robbery, a whole bit about (missing) parents, and then the return of Hawk and Dove. If this issue contained only one or two of these storylines, or perhaps if the stories worked together better, it would be fine. The way it is, it falls prey to melodrama and cliché, which serve to only push the story along without augmenting it. The dialogue (especially the bit about parents) is overdone and the storyline seems a little forced. If you’ve never read Gail Simone before, this is not the best example of her work.

It must be pointed out that all those problems with the writing may have come across a little better if not for the artist on the book. There’s pretty much two schools of thought when it comes to Rob Liefeld– he’s the perfect example of a "love him or hate him" artist. There are people that swear by Liefeld, who love his artwork and will see this book as a chance to see him on a group of superheroes they’ve never seen him on before. Then there are the others, who point to problems with his anatomy and proportions, who will complain about his inability to draw feet, and who will point out his storytelling is sometimes suspect. If you love Liefeld, you’ll like the work he does here. If you don’t, well, don’t buy this book. The anatomy and feet drawing problems run rampant. His storytelling and panel design sometimes requires longer looks than necessary just to find the proper flow of panels. He doesn’t seem to know how to capture any emotion other than anger. And those are just the regular complaints. His rendering of Tim Drake makes the character seem ten years older than anyone else’s. He has created characters here that look almost exactly like some of those that he worked on as the past. And he has one double page spread where you can’t tell if the characters are flying or running. On the bright side, his large panel action scenes convey the action very well.

I wish I could recommend this book to more than just Rob Liefeld fans. But truthfully, the best thing I can say about this arc is that it’s only planned for two issues.

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