Future State: Teen Titans #1 review – a chaotic future awaits merging of minds

January 13, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
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3.5

Summary

There’s A LOT going on in Future State: Teen Titans #1, but even though the chaos might be an obstacle, there’s plenty of potential in the story’s foundation.

3.5

Summary

There’s A LOT going on in Future State: Teen Titans #1, but even though the chaos might be an obstacle, there’s plenty of potential in the story’s foundation.

Tim Sheridan’s Future State: Teen Titans #1 is a trip. With the Titans having escaped Gotham City, it seems like even more chaos awaits in their future, involving not just Four Horsemen, but Cy-Beast (half Beast Boy, half Cyborg), an H-dial, and the Spear of Destiny. There are secrets and lies among the team, something of an identity crisis for Nightwing –  “You can take the boy away from the Batman…” – and a lot more besides, including a late, climactic appearance for Deathstroke, who after his own feature film seems to be getting a fair amount of traction within DC. Like I said – it’s a lot.

It might be too much for some. I frequently found myself struggling to put things together, but the book’s strengths – strong art from Rafa Sandoval, including a great new Nightwing look, and lots of storytelling potential – kept me invested. There’s a definite tinge of doom to proceedings here, and a re-read might help to make better sense of the toing and froing, but luckily Sheridan’s interpretations of these longstanding characters are close enough to ground you in their world, even as so much of it has changed.

Some of the inherent issues of Future State are somewhat exposed by the messy narrative; the lack of immediate context will definitely be off-putting for some. But with so many different directions to potentially go in and a welcome focus on Dick Grayson, there’s plenty in Future State: Teen Titans #1 for fans to chew on providing they can put up with some of its deliberate excesses.

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