The sort-of reintroduction of the original Teen Titans moves ahead in “Masks.” I’m a bit torn about this whole project. When DC did their big reboot, the group that got screwed over the most was the Teen Titans. As you can see in the original versions of several books in the first few months, even the company itself didn’t have a coherent position on Titans history. This feels like a book that’s trying to compromise. The Titans history is still missing, but there was some weird sorta team that briefly existed that everyone forgot. That’s a great metaphor for the Teen Titans being treated so shabbily by the reboot.
The core group, Dick, Donna, and Garth have reunited, although with a lot of conflict between them and weird, half-emerging memories. Elsewhere, Hawk is getting random flashbacks, Herald has been kidnapped, Bumblebee is seriously pregnant, and Gnark and Roy are on the hunt. In the background of all this is Lilith. All of these are pre-New Teen Titans members, and there’s been nothing of Starfire, Raven, Cyborg, or Changeling/Beast Boy.
In the present, the various groups are being guided through their weird flashbacks by a strange sound. The sound keeps triggering their visions and is apparently very unpleasant. Near the end, Dick puts on one of his old outfits, which is a bad plan since he’s supposedly dead. I’m also not sure how they are squaring Lilith here being more or less her original self, while earlier in the reboot she was the evil Harvest.
Plot: They are weaving an interesting mystery with the various former Titans. I like that they are bringing back so many of them. I’ll give the plot a 3 out of 5.
Art: The art is good. I like them showing the different time-frames of the forgotten past and the current strangeness. I’ll give the art a 3 out of 5.
Positives: I’ve been a fan of the Teen Titans since before the New Teen Titans first showed up. Bringing them back is something I am hugely behind. I’d love for them to right the wrong of erasing the group in the reboot.
Negatives: We’re four issues in and the group still isn’t together. We’re missing the New Teen Titans characters, and, of course, Wally West.
Trying to bring back the Teen Titans in the current DC climate is going to be tricky. I’m very curious to see how they pull it off.
Titans Hunt 4
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert
Letterer: Carlos M Mangual
Cover: Ed Benes and Hi-Fi