By Judd Winick (writer), Ian Churchill (pencils), Norm Rapmund (inks), Edgar Delgado (colors)
I’m not the most well-versed person when it comes to DC lore, so it’s always been intimidating for me to jump on a book. Thankfully, Judd Winick has made Titans #1 an accessible book for just about anyone who’s never picked up a Teen Titans book (like me). Not only is the book easy to follow, its roster and supporting cast are the kind you’ll find yourself soon acquainted with. It also helps that there are staples like Batman, Nightwing, and Starfire around to bring some familiarity to those completely in the dark (like me).
With this first issue, we’re treated to the roster (including past members), one at a time. We get narratives from each character as they carry on with their daily lives. They’re all scattered throughout the country, but instead of someone going door to door to bring the team together, each one of them suffers a series of assaults by (some incredibly drawn) monstrous creatures. This chain of events forces the Titans to band together and solve the mystery of who is behind the attacks. My only question is why is this Part 2 of “The Fickle Hand” storyline? Am I missing something? Where’s Part 1? And why would anyway make a first issue the second part of a storyline?!
As simple as the story sounds, it’s really the way it’s put together that makes it so polished. Winick has done a sound job of keeping me entertained throughout, and Ian Churchill’s art is excellent. Now, I’m not Churchill’s biggest fan, but the way he conveys action – more notably a scene in the beginning with Robin escaping from an exploding building and sliding down an adjacent skyscraper – is just brilliant. And did I mention that this guy can draw monsters! Holy cow, someone bring back the pre-hero Tales of Suspense and put Churchill on the book! Colorist Edgar Delgado also deserves a lot of credit for making this book pop. The colors he lays down on the fish creature that attacks Starfire are utterly amazing.
Anyway, if I haven’t convinced you to pick up this book on the art alone, give it a shot regardless. This is a good debut book that keeps the estranging of new readers to a minimum, and it’s a lot of fun to boot. This is how Marvel should have done Young X-Men #1… but anyway…(Grade: B+)
– J. Montes