Did you know that the saying ‘Youth is wasted on the young’ is something that an old person would say when they have regrets about their past life? Or alternatively, it is something that a young person would say after reading this comic book Written by Scott Lobdell; Drawn by Brett Booth; and Published by DC Comics in October 2011.

One time Robin, present time Red-Robin – Tim Drake – is very perturbed with current events happening in the world today. He is agog with the recent brash actions of Kid Flash during a blaze in Westchester – he is concerned about attacks on youthful heroes around the world – and worst of all, he is threatened when he is approached by a clandestine organisation (labelled N.O.W.H.E.R.E.) whom is ‘plucking up’ super powered kids under dubious means.

So what does Red-Robin do about it, huh? Well, he manages to get away from these mercenary fiends, and then he tries to gage the services of a super powered young lady whom does not like being called Wonder Girl – as she prefers ‘Cassie’ instead. However, whilst Red-Robin is trying to do this, both he and Cassie are suddenly attacked by a N.O.W.H.E.R.E. helicopter – resulting into a union of sorts between these two heroes.

Meanwhile, half a world away, N.O.W.H.E.R.E. is priming for their next attack – with Superboy – to be continued...    

Now I have to confess, I was somewhat apprehensive in reading this new ‘Teen Titans’ comic book series. Personally speaking, this was largely due to a number of things all in all – like the new creative team – the new costumes – the new design – and overall, the newness for newness sake. Still, once I finally managed to find the time to sit down and read this comic book, what did I discover? Well, firstly, that I was right to be apprehensive in the first place, and secondly, that I had mixed emotions where this issue was concerned. And what do I do if I have ‘mixed emotions’? No – its not medication time – not yet anyway. Instead, I play the advantage / disadvantage game.

(1) The art my Brett Booth was consistent though out this issue, and in some way reminded me of his time at ‘Image’. (2) Scott’s story was an intriguing one for an introductory pretext – as it teased us with the heroes, as well as presented to us a story of some suspense. (3) I liked the title logo – very dynamic. And (4) For what we have seen so far, I do not really mind the characterisations of the characters in general – mainly Red-Robin. However, I will have to wait and see how this transpires – as I believe we have not been given the ‘full package’ yet. 

(1) What the hell happened to the costumes? OK, I did not mind Red-Robins winged look – as it wasn’t that bad. But as for Cassie, Bart, and Connor – oops – too Lady Gaga for my liking. (2) I did not like the idea that this is a ‘ground zero’ type tale, as it diminishes what has come before it – including camaraderie and history. (3) N.O.W.H.E.R.E. – what type of name is that for a villain? Come on – I thought ‘Justice League Dark’ was bad enough, but this moniker makes this series feel like a kid’s television show. And (4) I am not really sure where I stand with the characterisations of Kid Flash and Wonder Girl – because presently they both seem to be either idiots or reclusive – time will tell, huh? 

Overall, this was a not-bad first issue for this Teen Titans reboot – its good in places and bad in others – but by in large a somewhat 50/50 affair – kind of.