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Thursday, June 19, 2008 

Penn. Express-Times fawns over Winick's Titans work

Okay, I'm back, now let's see what we have here. The Pennsylvania Express-Times writes a fluff-coated column about Judd Winick's new take on the Titans, predictably glossing over more than a few holes:
In "Titans No. 3" the team splits up and goes after Trigon's newly discovered other children.
Of course, no questions are asked if this defies logic - as was originally stated in 1984, when the Terror of Trigon first came out, Raven was Trigon's only heir.
Winick is one of only a few DC writers who could succeed in bringing an epic villain like Trigon back from the dead.
Minus any real suspense, as the webmaster of the Titans Tower, one of the best fansite databases for Titans info, has argued.
It also helps that he knows these characters. Most of the cast he has written before.
But not very well, I'm afraid. I'd say Winick knows them about as well as he knows what the far side of Pluto looks like.
The only problem with the writing on the new series is that it relies on the reader to know a good deal of the team's history. New readers are not going to have a clue who Trigon is or why he's trying to kill the Titans.
And from just reading this column, they're not going to have any idea how this new series began, with Starfire swimming naked in Animal Man's garden pool, pointlessly criticizing earthlings for being bothered by nudity, or the lack of any serious action when the Titans are attacked by Trigon's minions.

I suppose it is fortunate though, that Winick and company may have retreated(?) from killing off all the Titans featured in the Titans East Special several months ago. But aside from that, there appears to be little else to recommend this new series, and the Penn. Express-Times certainly isn't citing anything worthwhile.
For long-time Titan fans, this new series is worth picking up, but if you're a new reader, you may want to wait until this first story arc is over.
With the way things are going now in this new series, I don't think it's worth either old or new readers picking up.

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