Free Comic Book Day Review: Teen Titans Go! #1

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This FCBD issue is the perfect place to start reading the sensational series based on Warner Bros. Animation’s hit animated show featured on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation Saturday morning programming block! Join Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven as they display their unique brand of hi-jinks, mayhem and justice! But giant pizza monsters aren’t the only dastardly and delicious villains on the menu… so dig in, Titans! Includes two exciting, action-packed stories that readers of all ages will enjoy!

titansTeen Titans Go! take part in Free Comic Book Day this weekend with a comic featuring two action-packed stories. Writer Sholly Fisch, artist Ben Bates, and letterer Wes Abbott tackle a short called Food Fright while Merrill Hagan, artist Jorge Corona, and letter Wes Abbott have the Titans turning on one another in Par For The Course. Being that it’s a free comic you should obviously pick it up, but are the stories any good?

The first story has the team on the case of Cyborg’s missing sandwich. Someone or something is stealing Cyborg’s sandwich, and our half-robot hero isn’t going to lose his lunch without a fight. Nobody wants to cop to taking the sandwich so everyone chips in to find the perpetrator. Robin has to use his detective skills, Cyborg has to use his technology, and Beast Boy has to….well, Beast Boy is just Beast Boy. Fisch writes a fast-paced and witty story that captures the vibe of the show incredibly well. Bates’ art and colors are in perfect step with the cartoon, with full-faced characters and big, anime-like expressions. Bates really sells the gags and just makes the entire thing fun.

Par For The Course is the stronger of the two stories. While Food Fright is for fans of the cartoon (the little kids), this story is jam-packed with Easter eggs and jokes that the older, long-time DC fans will enjoy. Beast Boy and Robin are playing a rather unfriendly game of putt-putt and their bet makes this a winner-take-all situation. Hagan’s no-holds-barred short is funny, fast-paced, and action-packed. The Easter eggs on the putt-putt course just puts it over the top. Corona’s art is a good fit for the story, and you can tell the artist had fun throwing all the various hat tips onto the course and into the video arcade.

Bottom Line: Teen Titans Go! has something for everybody in its Free Comic Book Day offering. This is truly an all-ages comic in every sense of the word. Good art and sharp stories make this one of the better issues out this weekend.

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