Here’s my review for Teen Titans Volume 1: Damian Knows Best by Benjamin Percy and Khoi Pham!
The Book Itself
This is another standard Trade Paperback edition in the DC Universe Rebirth line. I love this line, I love the design, and feel, the spines, the blue and white colors. The book contains Teen Titans Rebirth #1 and Teen Titans #1-6. Plus, you get some bonus sketches and variant cover gallery at the back of the book.
Drawing this story is Khoi Pham, Jonboy Meyers, and Diogenes Neves. We also have some bonus variant covers in the back by Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn.
I really like the art all through this book. Despite having a few different pencillers working, there is never a jarring or unpleasant shift in the style and tone of the art. The art throughout the book is really great. It’s cartoony and fun, but not in a childish way, like in an action-packed exciting kind of way. Not sure how to best describe it. It’s not dark or realistic, but at the same time it is detailed and crisp. I really liked it.
The first story arc in the new Teen Titans title is “Damian Knows Best.” In it, we see Damian Wayne, the current Robin and son of Batman decide to assemble a team of heroes to his side. Although, quite amusingly enough, he decides to do this against their will. Damian essentially kidnaps a bunch of young heroes, and tells them, you’re going to be my new team, whether you like it or not. This is quite in line with Damian’s headstrong character, and quite a fun scenario. This book had me laughing multiple times.
If you’re a fan of Damian Wayne, you’ll love this book. I didn’t like Damian too at first, the first time I read the character (not this book, but in Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus Volume 1), but over time the character has grown on me a lot. Now I really like him. I think he’s added a great dynamic to the whole Bat-Family. And to get to see him take a starring role, and leading role in the Teen Titans is quite a pleasure.
So Robin gathers Starfire, Beast Boy, Kid Flash, and Raven to join his new team? But to what what end? Well, to challenge his Grandfather, Ra’s Al Ghul, what else? Old Ra’s has formed a team of kid supervillians, so it’s time for a showdown.
This is a very fun story that leaves you wanting more!
Teen Titans Volume 1: Damian Knows Best is a great book, and one of my favorites of the DC Rebirth line. I know I’ll re-read it again soon, as soon as I get around to buying the next volumes in the series. I am sure this whole series will be worth collecting!
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