Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Comic Shop Comics: June 1st
As usual, there are a million pages of fake hand-written journal entries that I did not read.
The art is pretty disappointing, as it usually is. I think that stems from having a fantastic Dan Hipp cover, and than have people who are not Dan Hipp do the interiors. It just raises expectations in order for a good dashing.
That awesome cover refers to the first of the two stories in this issue, in which Mumbo Jumbo scrambles the Titans' powers (Starfire is given Beast Boy's powers, but she only turns into weird Tamaranian animals with names like glorg and Zornian muck beetle. There are a lot of neat little gags in this story, written and drawn by Derek Fridolfs. The art grew on me the second time through. The designs fit those of the show, but the rendering doesn't quite...still, there's a very flat, charmingly amateur-ish look to it. It looks like fan art, which is probably a good look for art in a based-on-a-cartoon show like this to have.
The second story, written by Sholly Fisch and drawn by Marcelo DiChiara, has the Titans wild in the Batcave and messing with Batman's stuff again. This time, they take the Batmobile for a road trip. The best gag was, I thought, a simple detail in a single panel–Gordon carrying his Batman helmet from the recent "Superheavy" arc in Batman in his hands when he and Batman return to the cave and react to the Titans' antics as they always do.
Although I did laugh at Starfire's changing "Talk to the hand, girlfriend," into "Speak to the hand, friend of the girls"...