Review: Teen Titans Academy #1 (DC Comics)

Writer: Tim Sheridan
Artists: Rafa Sandoval & Jordi Tarragona
Colourist: Alejandro Sanchez
Letterer: Rob Leigh
On Sale: 24/03/2021

Pay attention people, class is in session. Welcome to the Teen Titans Academy, home to the young and gifted superheroes of tomorrow.

PLOT AND STORY

Packed with both new, super-powered teens and numerous dark secrets, Teen Titans Academy’s student body includes Shazam; a new Australian speedster; a trio of Goth(am) teen expatriates obsessed with Batman—and one member of this first class will become the deadly Red X. Original New Teen Titans including Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, Cyborg and Beast Boy take on the role of teachers and mentors for superpowered teens. Their goal: to shape the next generation of heroes.

Following his success with Teen Titans Future State, Tim Sheridan is back writing a new Teen Titans series and is off to a cracking start. It’s the first day of school so I wasn’t expecting much but meeting new Teen Titans looking to learn from the old hands. This is what we get but it’s done in a smart way by giving readers little snippets of multiple new characters rather than deep dive into individual people.

We have a very interesting group of youngsters which I’m excited to learn more about. Some of them seem destined for good while some of them appear to be hiding some dark thoughts and I feel in good hands with Tim Sheridan to develop this series.

ARTWORK

Being the first day at school this is a very character driven issue and huge credit to the artistic team for creating so many new and unique characters. 

With all these characters and large amounts of dialogue there is still a page which really stood out for its action. The Teen Titans are doing battle with Clock King on a huge two page splash and it looks stunning. A city backdrop with 5 Titans all using their unique powers creates a bright and vibrant splash which really breaks up the issue by taking a break from the school room teaching.

Mad respect to Rob Leigh on lettering duty in a very word heavy issue. Rob manages to fit everything on the pages and exactly where the reader needs them to be. I also like the green outline Beast Boy gets on his speech.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

The first issue of a new series needs to bring something to encourage readers to come back for issue #2 and I feel this has done more than enough to ensure people continue reading this series. Fun new students alongside the Teen Titans and their teachers the Titans are a whole lot of Titans for your money. When you remember Red X will also be making an appearance at some point then you will be hooked.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by DC Comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All images are owned and courtesy of DC Comics.

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