Random Retrospective #11 – Teen Titans #7

Continuing Geoff Johns’ run on TEEN TITANS after their first adventure/origin story, finds the members all dealing with their downtime away from Titans Tower, working out what they’re doing and where they’re going. Cyborg and Beast Boy (or is it Changeling now? I can never remember) are still at the Tower looking into the disappearance of Raven and Jericho – from memory, I think Jericho had gone bad at this point and used his body-hopping powers to make Deathstroke kill his long-time aide-de-camp Wintergreen.

Kid Flash – who recently read the entire contents of a library so that people would stop thinking he’s stupid – is coming to realise that knowing everything isn’t the same as being intelligent. Still doesn’t stop him taking out the Trickster, though.

Wonder Girl has her own issues, though getting into school is helped by Arrowette (and Secret) striking a deal with the principal.

And Superboy gets a visit from Superman who gifts him Krypto to help him focus and get to grips with pretending to be a regular boy in Smallville during the weeks. Has to be said, Superboy’s not really that interested at first.

The other members of the team get a spotlight, too, but topping and tailing the issue is Deathstroke at the grave of Wintergreen, planning his vengeance against the Titans, and enlisting his daughter Rose who will become the new Ravager.

I have fond memories of the Johns run on TEEN TITANS as it pulled together some of the members of the revered Wolfman/Perez line-up along with newer characters and it seemed to work. Johns always seemed to be able to give the sometimes sprawling cast enough room to move and enough of a voice for each of them.

4 thoughts on “Random Retrospective #11 – Teen Titans #7

  1. I never read any of his run but I do know it was well-received by fans & that he actually helped the franchise get back to its glory days. Even brought back the Doom Patrol too, so that was nice of him. Too bad it all went to shit once he left.


    1. It was very up and down after Johns left; I remember the rushed schedule at the end of the run where they went bi-monthly for about three months just so they could reach #100 before FLASHPOINT and the New 52 hit!

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  2. Oh yeah, when Bart started calling himself Kid Flash. After Deathstroke took a shotgun to his kneecap. I hadn’t started picking up Teen Titans until another 6 or 7 issues after this. It started out OK for me, but I think it started to lose me sometime around that “Dr. Light fights all the Teen Titans ever, at once” story. Really didn’t like the whole bit about Superboy being half Superman DNA and half Lex Luthor DNA.


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