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Old January 25th, 2012   jafabian is offline   #1
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In their first battle as a team, The Teen Titans square off against N.O.W.H.E.R.E.'s most powerful weapon... The Superboy! But can the cunning of Red Robin, the speed of Kid Flash and the psionic might of Bunker stop a threat that has already taken out the powerhouse known as Wonder Girl? The fight rages from a battle cruiser docked in the Hudson River to the Central Park Zoo, but as a world stands up and takes notice, there is a very real possibility the Teen Titans might not survive their high profile debut!

Story by
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Art by
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Colors by
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Letters by
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Cover by
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Release Date
Wed, January 25th, 2012
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Old January 25th, 2012   Outside_85 is offline   #2
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Nope...still no reason to extend my subscription.
 
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Old January 25th, 2012   LionKnight is offline   #3
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Nope...still no reason to extend my subscription.
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Starting to lose interest also; I feel like we have already had this series with these characters getting to know each other and now were just getting a retelling of those by gone days with a little twist.

Truthfully, I liked Superboy a lot more when he moved beyond his tactical T days.
 
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Old January 26th, 2012   TTitanFan25 is offline   #4
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I've been supporting this team since 1989, now I'm done. I'll pick it up when they go back to the original universe.
 
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Old January 26th, 2012   chasm is offline   #5
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Starting to lose interest also; I feel like we have already had this series with these characters getting to know each other and now were just getting a retelling of those by gone days with a little twist.

Truthfully, I liked Superboy a lot more when he moved beyond his tactical T days.
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Now you understand what it was like for Legion of Superheroes fans after three reboots. I think it would have been more interesting to have the Titans fully formed and jump in mid-story. This is too much reinventing the wheel.
 
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Old January 26th, 2012   Astro@work is offline   #6
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I don't mind the Titans being restarted from day one...I just wish it was moving along faster. (I have the same complaint about the new JLA series). Issue #1 of the NTT had all the members gathered or introduced by issue #1. The decompressed storytelling is dragging it out too long IMO.

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Old January 26th, 2012   LionKnight is offline   #7
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Now you understand what it was like for Legion of Superheroes fans after three reboots. I think it would have been more interesting to have the Titans fully formed and jump in mid-story. This is too much reinventing the wheel.
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What makes you think I'm not a Legion fan?

I do think they need to move the stroy on a little faster. Would rather see them jump forward about 6 months and show these guys as a group of new friends who while still have things to "get-to-know" they are already past the "I-have-to-explain-everything-about-my-character-and-powers" stage.
 
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Old January 26th, 2012   ronaldj is offline   #8
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i read it tonight...will give it a 7.5..not great not bad...just so/so
 
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Old January 27th, 2012   BART ALLEN is offline   #9
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(not) Teen Titans, i looked at the cover saw that bart had a hair on his chin decided i made the right decision not buying this awful book, and went back and re-read Tellos
 
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Old January 27th, 2012   Joey Wilson is offline   #10
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This is turning out to be one of the worst, most embarrassing iterations of the Titans ever (and considering the team's ups and downs through the decades, that's saying something!).
 
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Old January 27th, 2012   JRM is offline   #11
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What makes you think I'm not a Legion fan?

I do think they need to move the stroy on a little faster. Would rather see them jump forward about 6 months and show these guys as a group of new friends who while still have things to "get-to-know" they are already past the "I-have-to-explain-everything-about-my-character-and-powers" stage.
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I'm finding this a general problem with many of the books, especially within the Superhero core groups. Humm, didn't DCEditoral sort of suggest last summer that we would be seeing more done in one, two or only a few ... now it seems to be the same old trade-writing that has dragged the industry down for a decade. <sigh> Really was hoping that the would have made more effort on this front.

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I'm finding this a general problem with many of the books, especially within the Superhero core groups. Humm, didn't DCEditoral sort of suggest last summer that we would be seeing more done in one, two or only a few ... now it seems to be the same old trade-writing that has dragged the industry down for a decade. <sigh> Really was hoping that the would have made more effort on this front.

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If longtime readers (like myself) are constantly complaining about the glacial pacing, wouldn't you think this would be a turn off to new readers as well? And new readers are the stated goal of this whole relaunch. The five to six issue trade format is hopelessly outdated for a new generation that can summon information & entertainment at their fingertips in mere seconds. You'd think the focus would be to tell one complete story per issue while planting subplots and foreshadowing to hook the reader into purchasing the next issue as well. If anything, the rhythm should be frenetic and nonstop. Instead we get the "wait & see" carrot before the horse thing, and that's not cutting it.
 
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If longtime readers (like myself) are constantly complaining about the glacial pacing, wouldn't you think this would be a turn off to new readers as well? And new readers are the stated goal of this whole relaunch. The five to six issue trade format is hopelessly outdated for a new generation that can summon information & entertainment at their fingertips in mere seconds. You'd think the focus would be to tell one complete story per issue while planting subplots and foreshadowing to hook the reader into purchasing the next issue as well. If anything, the rhythm should be frenetic and nonstop. Instead we get the "wait & see" carrot before the horse thing, and that's not cutting it.
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Let's just break this glacial pacing down. Back in 1980 it took 23 pages to assemble the entire team. That now takes 8-10 months plus one crossover, which brings it up to 1 year. In 1980, there were 30 pages in the issue, not 22. And today's issues cost 5-6 times as much.

That means it roughly takes 10 issues now to tell a story that used to take 1 issue to tell, with equal amounts of character development.

And that means it will be about 40 years, at this rate, before we see any significant character development or stories told in these titles with these characters. By that point, some of us will actually be in our graves; I'm not kidding.

And this is precisely why tossing continuity out the window in the name of clean slates and yadda yadda is a bad idea. In a serial, it takes decades, even with good story-tellers and editors who know how to make a story move, to make real progress with a character.

DC had invested almost fifty years in the classic Titans and had finally gotten somewhere with them. It took about 50 years (1960-2009) to get a character like Garth onto the throne of Atlantis in Titans 15 - and the editors only managed let Krul do that because they knew they were going to kill Garth off. The original Titans had done their time in the trenches and deserved better than being tossed out in favour of new characters.

As for this book, this is just Marvellized Young Justice with a bit of cross-industry pollination and some of Morrison's DP. How hard is that? Get moving.
 
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Old January 28th, 2012   JRM is offline   #14
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If longtime readers (like myself) are constantly complaining about the glacial pacing, wouldn't you think this would be a turn off to new readers as well? And new readers are the stated goal of this whole relaunch. The five to six issue trade format is hopelessly outdated for a new generation that can summon information & entertainment at their fingertips in mere seconds. You'd think the focus would be to tell one complete story per issue while planting subplots and foreshadowing to hook the reader into purchasing the next issue as well. If anything, the rhythm should be frenetic and nonstop. Instead we get the "wait & see" carrot before the horse thing, and that's not cutting it.
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Yeah sort of how Paul use to write the LSH, then a multi issue arc were treats and could be discribes as his epic stories - not the same old, same old of today. Again, <sigh>

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Yeah sort of how Paul use to write the LSH, then a multi issue arc were treats and could be discribes as his epic stories - not the same old, same old of today. Again, <sigh>

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