Sunday, October 14, 2018

Teen Titans Giant #2 Review

Give me Five

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, Jim Charalampidis, and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 6, 2018

This is a review of the original Dan Jurgens Teen Titans story, "The Fearsome Five".  Also included are Adventures of the Super Sons #2 (2017), Sideways #2 (2018) and Teen Titans #2 (2003).  Click on Super Sons and Sideways to read our reviews of those issues.

I really enjoyed the first issue of Dan Jurgens' story.  He eased new and old readers into the team and the story with a basic premise that still was an enjoyable read.  So, was this second part as enjoyable?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with a cold open with a tweest...while it looks like Tim Drake is trying to infiltrate a bad guy base, he is actually doing some pretty cool Teen Titans training.  It's another good way for Dan Jurgens to get the reader up to speed on the team, including there powers.  It also is nice to see the team interact with each other throughout this opening.  For those of us who suffered through a lot of what the Teen Titans was in the New 52, this is the type of fun that was sorely missing.

Continuing, we see the Director and Disruptor from last issue trying to recruit The Fearsome Five to the HIVE side of things.  They give them the typical bad guy speech...follow us and you will be all-powerful, we will take down the Teen Titans...usual stuff that is actually made cooler by the fact that Jurgens is mixing an awesome Teen Titans villain team in with this newer team.  Of course, the Furious Five have some ideas of their own on who they will ultimately follow, but join in.

Back with the Titans, they are eating some (disgusting sounding) fast food when Tim gets a hit (he set up a tracker with his cell phone) on where the Disruptor is...but it's all a trap.  Yep, the cliffhanger sets up a huge battle and I can't wait for it.

This issue was all about setting up the characters on either side of the fight.  Dan Jurgens continues showing the reader who and what the Teen Titans are, but also expands the bad guy roster with some classics.  I could complain about not much happening, but you have to remember that the limited page count (usually around 14 pages) does limit what the writer can do with each issue.  However, Dan Jurgens uses those pages really well and the story has a really nice pace that keeps everything interesting.  I still am having a great time with this story and that also includes the great art by Scot Eaton as well.

Bits and Pieces:

Dan Jurgens uses this second issue to introduce his team a little more, but also bring in some really cool bad guys.  The story doesn't go forward a whole lot, but it looks great and ends with a cliffhanger that points to some big action coming up.  


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