Podcast Episode 92: New Teen Titans Spotlight



To commemorate the New Teen Titans 35th anniversary (better late than never!), I talk about my favorite comic book series of all time!

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RandoMonday: New Titans #72

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

 

New Titans 72

New Titans #72 by Marv Wolfman (writer), Tom Grummett (penciller), Al Vey (inker), John Costanza (letterer), Tom McCraw (colorist), Jonathan Peterson (editor), and Grummett and Vey (cover)

Ahh, Titans Hunt. One of the last great Titans stories that we got from Mr. Wolfman. This issue is the second part of the story, which continues the Wildebeast Society’s take down of the Titans. This time, the Wildebeasts kill Golden Eagle, and severely wound Aqualad. While Golden Eagle was really ever just a bit player on the Titans stage, the brutal way in which he was killed, not to mention all of the blood from the fight (especially from Aqualad), impressed upon me that I was reading at least a PG-13 book for sure. Meanwhile, Deathstroke, the Terminator, having been called in to help by Steve Dayton, searches for his son after the Wildebeests took him prisoner in the previous issue. Dayton and Deathstroke find the dead Golden Eagle, and the issue ends with Aqualad having been found, but he isn’t breathing, and we’re told that next issue things will get worse.

Looking back on it now, Tom Grummett provided good superhero art, but the style doesn’t quite fit this grittier Titans story, plus, the story just went on way longer than it needed to, and the after affects of this story goes on for many issues and years after. It was truly the last great New Teen Titans story for me.