One thing that can get me to buy a comic book these days: nostalgia. I grew up with the Wolfman and Perez Teen Titans instead of the Claremont and Byrne X-Men, which I read after the fact. When I saw this book called Titans with a reunion of the best roster of Teen Titans, I figured what the hell.
Ugh. Mind you I'm far, far removed from the details of whatever has happened to these characters in the last decade plus. But still, I expect a good story, or at least a good set up. Ugh.
Something or someone is attacking everyone who was ever in the Titans. Tim Drake Robin's team of Titans gets attacked by what looked like Terra's earthmoving powers to me, but maybe it wasn't. Who knows? Art and writing could have been more clear but whatever, clarity is not a priority, it seems. The worst part about the way the story is laid out is we don't see the resolutions of the attacks.
Naked Starfire, Naked Wally West, Raven in high school (when did THAT happen? Shouldn't she be in her 20's?), Beast Boy (ditto. What's with "boy" as a codename?), Donna Troy in space with Kyle Rayner, Nightwing in a super secret safehouse in Gotham that he won't shut up about how secret it is, Red Arrow, etc. are all attacked by creepy beasties of some sort. Batman cameos with the batrope of doom that takes out the last of whoever attacked Nightwing. Batman tells Nightwing "something's happened." Ooh.
Then we cut to Nightwing, Starfire, Donna Troy, Beast Boy, Flash, Red Arrow all standing. Hey, what happened to each of you after you were attacked? No one mentions that. Maybe because they're all ashamed they all ran. But cue the ominious "cliff hanger": Trigon has returned. Oh crap. Quick, does anyone remember how we beat him last time?
The art was all right if you like 20 splash pages but Judd Winnick blows, man. I read some of his controversial Green Lantern issues, I read his Shazam stuff, his Red Hood stuff on Batman, and I've never found him to be very good at this writing comic books gig. Same here. At least there was no mention of Pedro or AIDS. So far.
I'll just assume they'll beat Trigon again at the end of the story and quit while I'm behind.
Well... For those of you who are enjoying HOUSE OF M, there's a follow-up series called SON OF M that carries the story out even longer. The sadly underread PLASTIC MAN, which recently won an Eisner Award, is being cancelled with issue #20. DAMN YOU DC!...