The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 2 Hardcover – Apr 24 2012
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About the Author
Marv Wolfman is a regular writer for DC and Marvel, including Batman, Action Comics and the New Teen Titans. George Perez is most known for his runs on The Avengers, The New Teen Titans and The Infinity Gauntlet. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Not only were the stories in the second vol greater than the 1st, but DC corrected the binding blunder of their 1st run of Ominibi ( I think that's right, not Omnibuses ). When you are spending big $ on a comic you want it to last multiple reads, and feel sturdy in your hand. I must say I don't have a huge issue with the binding of Vol 1, but I know a lot of readers that do.
The crown jewel of this collection for me was the 'Judas Contract' where Terra's true motives are made apparent to the Titans, and the debut of Nightwing. It is clear to see that Dick Grayson was finally done with being the sidekick we have all come to love. This and the Terra arc are essentially the basis for the whole vol. One giant contained storyline that lasts for 700 + pages.
I have come to love a cast of characters that I previously did not care for, or knew nothing about ( Dick Grayson not inculded ), and that is thanks to Marv, and Georges wonderful story telling.
Okay - enough of the bad let me now talk about the good. This is (IMO) one of the best series of comics ever put together and is a must have for any serious comic book collector. George Perez was at the top of his game and Marv Wolfman was at the height of his storytelling skills (with George helping co-script the stories). The art is beautiful, the stories are a wonderful blend of action and character development. You can tell these co-creators really cared about their creations and that shines through. You have classic stories like the Judas Contract with the Terminator but you also have Brother Blood (whom I didn't actually like that much) and a journey into space to investigate Starfire's roots (my personal fav). Chris Claremont and John Byrne's X-Men, Walt Simonson's Thor, John Byrne's Fantastic Four, Frank Miller's Daredevil and of course Perez and Wolfman's New Teen Titans...this was truly the golden age of comics.
Yes, I am deducting a star for the mistake of leaving out issue 38 but I would buy it again in a heartbeat had I known...I just wanted other buyers to be forewarned so they wouldn't be as disappointed as I was.
P.S. The footer of including the issue number on each page of the Omnibus? I love this idea - thank you so much for whomever thought of doing this. I wish all Omnibuses (Omnibi) would do this.
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This is considered by many to be one of the greatest runs of comics in the 80's. It's a colorful, lively & fun contribution to mainstream super heroes; great for kids yet with some obviously mature themes, which will fly right over kids' heads. This is an example of All-Ages comics as defined at that time, with teens being the main target.
Its popularity is right up there with Walt Simonson's Thor, Frank Miller's Daredevil and Batman, John Byrne's Fantastic Four and Superman, etc. I actually skipped this series in the 80's; I found out how great it is with the Terra Incognito paperback in 2006. It's the Terra & Terminator element that made me a fan, and it's the featured story in this omnibus. George Perez has a way with interesting mercenary characters. He had a hand in creating Marvel's Taskmaster and DC's Deathstroke the Terminator circa 1980, and they both maintain a certain level of popularity to this day. Coincidence or not, they both wear orange & blue. These are just some of the characters that came out of his stints on Avengers and New Teen Titans, often considered among his best-known efforts. His impact in the 80's & early 90's also includes popular titles like Crisis On Infinite Earths,Wonder Woman, and Infinity Gauntlet.
The first 1/3 of this omnibus gives us 3 basic stories: the intro of the menacing Brother Blood; Starfire & the team vs. Starfire's sister in space; and the realistic, cautionary, 2-part Runaways tale. Issue #26 kicks off that Runaways story, and it's a great jumping on point for people who don't want to start reading this volume from the very 1st page, as we get nice characterizations of each of the New Teen Titans, and we also see the brief, 1st-ever appearance of the girl named Terra. The other 2/3 of this omnibus is all about Terra & the team. A cute looking, feisty, 15-year old with an attitude, Terra displays awesome, earth-controlling powers. She wants to be a Teen Titan really, really badly; her intense desire seems almost questionable. We eventually find she has a connection to the Terminator! What exactly is this connection? When did it start & where is it going? This popular story has been in print for decades so it might be difficult to avoid seeing spoilers in reviews, but I'll just say I was a little surprised by the twist in this story even though I had heard a bit about it.
Binding- yes it's sewn, really similar to Marvel-style, a *huge* step in the right direction. It still opens a bit stiffly compared to Marvel's offerings, but I'm thrilled to see DC making this change. This is my 1st DC omnibus, and I'll likely be buying more in the future. The binding issue is why I haven't yet picked up any other DC Omnibus release.
Contents- this collects New Teen Titans 21-37, 39-40; Tales of the New Teen Titans 41-44; New Teen Titans Annual 1-2; Tales of the New Teen Titans Annual 3; Batman and the Outsiders 5.
P.S. Issue 38, "Who is Donna Troy?", is not included in this collection. It'll likely be in Volume 3.
Writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez really created a winner with this incarnation of the Titans. I can't do justice to Perez's art in words but suffice it to say his art was clean and attractive with emphasis on realism with a minimum of stylistic quirks. The plots were first rate and varied from the cosmic (Starfire's Vegan background) to the supernatural and mystical (the ever mysterious Raven) to the down to earth (The Runaways story) and everything in between. While not quite as imaginative as those in Claremont's contemporary X-Men stories, Wolfman's plots featured greater range.
What Wolfman did do every bit as well as Claremont is characterization. There really is no "star of the show" as Wolverine became to the X-Men. Every character gets a chance to shine and the various relationships between character pairs are well developed, sometimes paradoxically by being undeveloped like between Cyborg and Raven. And if you're like me and prefer your leads to be likeable people that you would love to hang out with the Titans beat the X-Men hands down.
So most of the problems with this book are on the editorial and production side. One issue that was not a problem this time out was an excessively tight binding as in the recent Green Lantern Omnibus 2 (a real bear trap). Although the Titans book doesn't exactly lay flat the effort to hold it open is unnoticeably small. The book is too heavy to hold while lying on one's back but any other position presents no problem.
But on the downside:
1. This book repeats the stretched splash pages that first appeared in Archives Volume 4. Splash pages are typically about an inch shorter than other pages to make room for the publication information at the bottom. Three of the splash pages in Archives Volume 4 were stretched to match the lengths of the rest of the pages and the error is repeated here. This is really unforgivable; surely in this digital age this could not have been hard to correct?
2. There does appear to be some reproduction problems on some of the pages. Some pages look as if they were inked with a paint roller instead of a brush.
3. Issue #38 was omitted from this volume but has been promised for Volume 3. It's not clear why this issue had to be omitted; my guess is that it was late in the production process before it was realized Batman and the Outsiders #5 had to be included. If so, that seems to be very poor planning on DC's part.
The DC omnibus volumes are not comparable in quality with the latest Marvel ones but they are significantly cheaper, about 60% of the cover price. They have nothing in the way of the extras Marvel includes. It's a different approach.
Highly recommended for the quality of the material if not the physical product. The latter is by no means horrible, just not as good as it could be. If you have the three collections mentioned above there may not be a compelling reason to buy this volume but read the material in some format. It's well worth it.
The contents of this volume follow up on the incredible The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 1 under the vision of writer Marv Wolfman and illustrator, and co-plotter, George Perez. A few other writers and artists contribute, but this is Wolfman and Perez's masterpiece. They continue with their early 80's run of the teenage hero group with Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Changeling (Beast Boy), Starfire, Cyborg, and Raven. Their adventures range from a deep space battle for the fate of a universe, stopping crime lords from using kids their own age or younger for vile errands, a team up with Batman and the Outsiders, to the introduction of a new member, Terra, and all the troubles she brings...
The presentation of this series is excellent. Larger book/page size to really showcase the amazing art. Table of contents and page numbering, which really is a plus for this 700+ page book. And I never truly realized the quality of sewn binding but it shows in this omnibus. There is no gutter loss (like with volume 1 which is a glued-sewn mix) and is really nice and easy to spread the book wide open without damage to the spine. I am a fan.
Epic stories, beautiful collection, really a great deal for all fans new and old alike of one of the greatest runs in superhero comic history!