Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5 Review

Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by: Art Baltazar
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 1, 2014

This is My Kind of Party

Those Tiny Titans are anything but quitters.  They've traveled from Atlantis to the Rock of Eternity (and a couple of cool places in between) in search of a new Treehouse.  Unfortunately for them, but lucky for fans, they haven't found a suitable replacement thus far. This month we head to Paradise Island and as usual, it's fun, cute and all ages awesome.

It was just a matter of time before the Titans went to Wonder Woman for help.  Believe me, it was well worth the wait.  The issue starts with the Invisible Jet, which is always awesome and a hilarious solution to boys not being allowed on Paradise Island.  Once on the Island, the fun continues.

Cheetah and Chauncey (kudos if you know Chauncey) engage in some not-so-friendly vandalism that is so absurd that it makes sense. I don't want to spoil it, so I'll just ask you, how do you make something that's invisible disappear? Their plan is great, but fortunatey everyone's favorite Amazon Kangaroo, Jumpa , is on the case.  Even more kudos if you know Jumpa.  Art Baltazar and Franco reach deep into the bag of DC characters and pull out gold.  Then the book goes off the rails crazy with a quick trip to school.

Yep, class is in session at Sidekick City Elementary and that means  Principle Slade and my favorite substitute demon, Mr. Trigon.  I love these two so much that I could care less that they seem forced into this issue.  Baltazar and Franco tie it together with the two throwing a "taking over the world party" on...Paradise Island.  By the way, they're bringing pancakes.

The rest of the issue involves Wonder Woman using her lasso in a very strange way against Cheetah and Raven and the Titans dealing with Trigon and his so called party.  Of course, they get a treehouse and while it's a perfect fit for this issue, it's far from perfect for the Tiny Titans.  I wonder where they will head to next.

Usually that's where the book ends, but this issue has an epilogue and it made me laugh as it pokes fun at the rest of the DCU.  I guess Baltazar and Franco wanted to keep up with the status quo and give us a bit of Multiverse action.  It makes no sense, involves coconuts and oranges and is hilarious.

Art Baltazar's art is great as usual.  You can't look at it without smiling and it is such a perfect match for his and Franco's story.  I haven't mentioned it before, but I love the beginning of the book where Baltazar draws little portrait bubbles of the characters in the issue.

Bits and Pieces:

Art Baltazar and Franco know how to write an all ages comic that never talks down to the reader.  This issue continues the trend with excellent guest stars and a story that's as clever as it is absurd.  If there is a more fun time in comics, let me know because this book makes me smile the whole time I'm reading it...and they brought pancakes.


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