Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Teen Titans: Endless Winter Special #1 Review

Teenage Winterland

Written By: Ron Marz, Andy Lanning
Art By: Jesus Merino, Cam Smith, Hi-Fi, Rob Leigh, Marco Santucci, Arif Prianto, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 15, 2020

It's time for Chapter Six of Endless Winter and with that, we're going to be moving over to Manhattan, specifically Titans Tower to see what our new and old Titans are up to during this catastrophe..... Hopefully doing more than just smashing ice monsters. Let's jump into this issue and see if this is where things finally pick up and make Endless Winter a little more bearable or if we're just continuing the same long slog that this mini-event has been all along. Let's check it out.

In our continuation of the Endless Winter event that feels like it will never truly start, we see our Teen Titans cooking, cleaning, and entertaining people of New York who have come to the Tower for protection during this blight and while this would be a decent place to show some growth and appreciation from our youthful heroes, it seems that this feels more like punishment to them and they'd rather be out and about and smashing some ice monsters. Mostly this sentiment comes from Kid Flash, who apparently hasn't heard about this story being all about family because when Barry Allen boom tubes to the tower with Starfire and Cyborg (who should totally still be in space at this time) to see how Wallace West is doing, Wallace isn't about Barry checking in on him at all. That's alright though because Barry's only really here to move our story along to Themyscira with Donna Troy, who laughably talks about this being similar to a bedtime story Hippolyta used to recite when she was young. 

Obviously during a big problem like an Endless Winter you need to check out similarities to bedtime stories you heard as a child....... even though in reality this is somehow the biggest lead our heroes have in the story to understanding what's going on. Beyond what I've already talked about in this issue, we do have some more information about the possibility of ice monsters targeting people with Cryokinesis, but that could just be me reading into things that aren't there. It's off to Themyscira though to find out about bedtime stories and with that, hopefully, we'll see more of the Justice League 10 AD because like every issue in this mini-event..... that's where it's at.

All in all, I liked the art in this issue and enjoyed the flashback scene that keeps chugging along, but as for our main Teen Titans look at how our heroes are dealing with a cold that just won't quit.... they weren't that impressive. Yeah, I like to see the continuation of where we left off from the Teen Titans series that just ended, where we saw our heroes taken in by the New Teen Titans team of old, but you don't really get enough of it and only really see that they're still pissed off at fucking around with Damian and that we see they're working together pretty well now. As with every chapter in this mini-event, I wanted more all around and we only slightly move this story along in a silly way.

Bits and Pieces:

The art looks great and it's nice to see our Teen Titans working with the Titans of old, but the progression to this story remains a slog as we get dribs and drabs of information during our current story, while the flashbacks remain the highlight of the book, which is odd because it's only the first few pages that are giving us our background there. This series almost over now and it doesn't seem like we've done much of anything.


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