Today, I’m happy to have my son, Connor, return to the blog for yet another of his graphic novel reviews. Thankfully, this is becoming something of a regular occasion, and I personally will be enjoying it for as long as it lasts.
Teen Titans, Vol 2: The Culling by Scott Lobdell
Genre: Superhero Comics
Series: Teen Titans #2
Publisher: DC Comics (June 25, 2013)
Author Information: Twitter
Length: 192 pages
I started reading this series because of the old Teen Titans cartoon series on Cartoon Network. I watched the DVDs over and over when I was little. My parents have lots of pics of me running around the house in my Robin costume. I still can sing the theme song. And this Teen Titans series has made made me start remembering how much I use to like the Titans.
Things here aren’t really like the old cartoon though: this team is new and improved. That is good, but I do miss a lot of the old things — like the T shaped tower. But the story is okay. Can’t say I really understand the whole “Culling” story line, but I think it was a crossover of some kind and all the issues from other books weren’t included here, so, maybe, that is why it didn’t work for me. Seemed kind of stupid to name the whole book “The Culling” though when only a few pages were even about that, but whatever. At least, the issues that deal with Wonder Girl and the Silent Armor were easy to understand and pretty cool; a guy stealing armor and trying to use it to conquer the world was just what I wanted to read about.
What I liked about this book was the characters. They are really interesting and cool. Each one having a lot to like and dislike. Their growing friendships filled with problems, especially Superboy and Red Robin’s dislike? for one another. Of course, we have the romance stuff starting up with Wonder Girl and Superboy, but I sort of guessed that would happen at some point. The way these guys talk and act around one another remind me a lot more of Young Justice than the old Teen Titans, but that is okay, because I always liked Young Justice.
What I hated about this book (Other than the Culling story line.) was the art. The drawing was not that good in my opinion. Yeah, I know the artists changed a few times during the issues, but I really didn’t like any of the art. I know others really like it, but I just didn’t. Not at all.
Like I said, I thought this was an okay book. Yeah, it had some things I didn’t like much (The Culling story and the art!), but the characters and their growing friendships just outweighed the bad things here.
Well, I hope you liked this review, and if you are on Goodreads, friend me any time to talk about my reviews or comic books.
About Connor (In his dad’s words):
Connor is a preteen who enjoys graphic novels (DC Comics are preferred), superhero movies (Captain America is his favorite), watching episodes of The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl as well as the NFL, NCAA football, and the NBA on t.v., will happily accept any and all caps (because you just can’t have too many caps), and whose favorite music revolves around pop favorites of the moment (Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop The Feeling! is his current fav.) And, no, Connor did not have any input into my paragraph about him. Being a dad does have it’s privileges.
Ok, so which Robin character is Red Robin? Is that Tim Drake?
Connor says you are correct.
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Thanks. Tim Drake was my favorite Robin and I really enjoyed him in the Hero Reborn graphic novel.