TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1

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Fighting between teens isn't rare. It's like dancing with legend Fred Astaire. Clip follows clop. Punch follows chop. Before the girls start pulling each others hair. Just like what these guys do too. Writers: Tom DeFalco and Scott Lobdell; Artist: Brett Booth; plus Publisher: DC Comics in April 2012.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Part one of 'The Culling' reminds me of overdosing on sweets whilst lying in a hospital bed. Doesn't matter how much you take in, you can always get better afterwards. Fabulous!!!!

  • Captured by Harvest. Imprisoned in the Crucible. And now waiting to be pitted against a team of 'Ravagers'. Yes. The Teen Titans have seen better days.
  • Lost in Time. Getting on each others nerves by the minute. And also waiting to be pitted against a team of 'Ravagers'. Yes again. The Legion have seen better days as well.
  • Now are you thinking what I am thinking? Harvest is. And that's most probably why he sets these teams against each other, compounding matters even more so by adding a fringe group to the mix. One comprising of Thunder, Lightning, Beast Boy, Artemis, Terra, and other's I care not to mention. The Ravagers.
  • POW! BASH! THUD! CLANG! ZIP! And THUD! Overall this bold battle results in a solemnly sad death and a strange new beginning for this constrained adventure. And not a nice new beginning either according to Harvest freshly arrived gang of fiends.

To br continued in Superboy #9

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
As usual with Scott, most of his dialogue in this issue was really great to read. My personal favourite piece was the exchange between Red-Robin and Artemis whilst she was holding a sword to his throat...

RED-ROBIN: Move - blink, even - and I'll slice your jugular.
ARTEMIS: Actually, my carotid artery is about two inches higher. But you have made your point.

Funny and informative. What more can you ask for?

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
Now this annual was a really nice way of starting this crossover event with other book's that I'll probably never get round to picking up. Listen, this is not a criticism. It is a fact. Plus a complement about how this gala event was introduced to 'us readers' with scope, humor, and a simple manner that wasn't overtly confusing.

Tough thing to do considering how many characters were involved.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
Although I was happy to see a lot of 'special appearances' in this story, I wasn't too keen to see some of them were 'bad-guys' now. Fuji. Warblade. And of the other Wildstorm player. It gave me the same reaction I had last issues with 'Omen'. Happy yet sad.

Moreover, why is Gar red? And why kill off Artemis? Slight nags, I know. But points worth mentioning.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: Sometimes simplicity is the best form of creativity. Take the basic structure of this tale for example. (1) Introduce the premise. (2) Introduce the teams of heroes. (3) Pit the heroes to fight against each other. (4) Heroes unite against a common foe. And (5) To be continued.  Granted, not the most original structure ever known to man. Nonetheless, it was a good one to use when you have about twenty characters to deal with.

ART: Poor Brett Booth. His hand must be killing him after drawing all of those heroes in this book. Good. How dare he make Gar red! Ha!

The read thing was my only gripe with Brett's artwork really. The rest of it was up to par, better than I actually expected. Poster worthy.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
TIMBER WOLF: I can see Rupert Grint from 'Harry Potter' fame play this 'Hairy Squatter' from the future the older he gets. Can't you? OK, so he has to do something about that posh accent of his. Plus he also needs a couple of slaps to make him a lot tougher as well. Still, not impossible a task.  

BEAST BOY: Have a look at Mark Salling from 'Glee', and tell me that he does not look like someone who should be experimented on. Just to remove his smug smile at least.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Welcome To The Culling. It's Like Disney Land Paris Without The French.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
In a manner of speaking, this tale reminded me of the film 'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory




Just with some additional superpowers, right?

FINAL thoughts...
So far so good. That's all I can really say about this 'The Culling' cross-over at the moment. Well, it does remind me of Marvels 'Battle of The Champions' - a fairly simple story that involves a groups of heroes who fight, team-up, and defeat the bad-guy at the end of it (maybe?). I just hope that all of this is actually leading somewhere else where the individual teams are concerned, and isn't just hero-refocusing for DC.

MARKS out of 10? 9