Monday, May 09, 2011
Exit Stage Left: Teen Titans #53
The Titans' second kick at the can wasn't terribly successful. After a hiatus of more than 3 years, the series returned with an expanded cast, introducing characters such as Bumblebee and the Joker's Daughter/Harlequin. There was also an attempt to expand the group's scope, with the Titans West, predicting later expansions of groups such as the Avengers and the JLA. This issue is not much of a last hurrah for the group, as it is really more of a Year One tale, revisiting the group's origins and initial membership. Bob Rozakis' tale is, as per usual, dialogue heavy and unnecessarily convoluted. The artwork by the team of Juan Ortiz and John Fuller is flat and quite odd in spots. The entire tale is driven by a creature called The Antithesis, perhaps one of the worst designed beings in the history of the DCU. He looks like some sort of patchwork of all children's toys circa 1978. The most interesting aspect of this issue is the editorial update and sign off, explaining what has happened and where the various character will be appearing next. This was not much of a send-off, but I'm not entirely convinced that this group deserved one.