Teeny Titans #1 review


We’ve all been there: you start getting into a property, be it a comic book, television series, movie franchise, or video game series.  Whatever it is, you start enjoying it more and more.  Eventually, you get to the point where you want to maybe buy a few pieces of merchandise, just to decorate around the house or desk at work.  You know, for some fun flair and color.

Pictured: "flair" or whatever
Pictured: “flair” or whatever

But then, it hits.  You want more.  No, you need more.  A basic action figure makes sense, but a “battle damaged” version of the hero, or an obscure minor character?  Those are so specific and niche, why would you possibly need those?

Because it completes the collection.

You… you guys know that feeling, right?  Right?

Anyway, Teeny Titans is about that very thing, and it’s a bit of a surprise: I had no idea it was even being released for one thing, and it’s a free one-shot.  And free is a great price point.

Plus, it’s pretty good, so even better.

There’s a new obsession sweeping Jump City, and the Titans are caught in the middle of it: “Teeny Titans,” small battling figures featuring the likenesses of the titular heroes.


Much like Pokémon™, but not exactly like Pokémon® because of copyright reasons, the Titans “gotta catch have ’em all.”  Robin, de facto leader and even de factoer butt of all jokes, takes it upon himself to acquire all of the toys before his teammates.  Instead, he encounters this guy:

He’s not wrong.

Surely this guy doesn’t have anything to do with those toys.  Surely.

The whole comic turns out to be an advertisement for an upcoming mobile game, so there really isn’t any resolution, just some fun gags.

Waffles waffles, waffles? Waffles.
Waffles waffles, waffles? Waffles.

Much like the Dr Pepper, King of Beverages tie-ins for Batman v Superman, this is much more fun and better written than a promotional comic should be.  Some of the dialogue is pretty snappy, there are some fun in-jokes and Easter eggs, and Marcelo DiChiara’s pencils work with the colors of Jeremy Lawson to make this a really great looking comic.  The characters look great and the gags are funny, and the colors are nice and vibrant making it easy on the eyes.

It’s free, it’s fun, and you can read it here.

Recommended if: 

  • You like Teen Titans Go!
  • You want a quick, fun comic.
  • It’s free, guys.  Can’t beat that.

Overall: Short, but much more fun and better than it has to be, this was a nice little surprise this week.  Even though it’s effectively a long ad for a mobile game (and really, I’d be lying if I said I’m not going to check it out), Ivan Cohen and the illustrating team made this a breezy read that’s worth it for some good laughs and aone surprisingly snappy satire.

SCORE: 7.5/10