Review: Teen Titans #6

The recent Character Analysis I did of the new Power Girl had me interested in seeing more about her, so when Teen Titans # 6 came across my desk, I had to give it a shot.

TeenTitans6TEEN TITANS #6

Written by WILL PFEIFER
Art by SCOTT HEPBURN
Cover by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY
THE FLASH 75 Variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale JANUARY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

Synopsis:

The fight for the soul of the Teen Titans continues as S.T.A.R. Labs and the team find themselves bonding over a new common enemy, just as the Titans bring in a new member: Power Girl.

Review:

When I looked at the first page I was impressed immediately with the artwork, but the story left me feeling like I was being dropped into the middle of a story that wrapped up way too soon.  The purpose of the beginning is to show that the Teen Titans are incredibly popular. I’m okay with that especially when it comes to where Raven’s popularity seems to be going with a subplot. After the brief, opening battle, Power Girl chastises the Titans for how they’re going about the super-hero thing and then goes off with Wonder Girl where they talk with Manchester, who is a nineteen year-old head honcho at S.T.A.R. Labs, who walks around bare chested showing off his perfect abs and giant Union Jack chest tattoo. Seriously, read that again and see if it makes sense.

TeenTitans6p5_495That follows with a lot of boring exposition that leads into the most anti-climatic climax I’ve ever seen.Halfway through the issue, the story falls flat as if Will Pfeifer had an idea where he wanted to begin and end the issue, but not what was going to happen in between. Combine that with my distaste for Manchester, and what interest I had in the beginning is gone by the time the climax is supposed to hook me. Kudos to Scott Hepburn for giving the Teen Titans an interesting look, despite the horrible costumes on Wonder Girl and Raven. He gives a fangirl a better costume than Raven, most likely since it’s reminiscent of the George Perez-designed one.

Am I coming back to see the resolution of the story and the cliffhanger? Absolutely not, and that shouldn’t be viewed as the fault of any of the characters, but of the writer that defines them.