I give it three weeks before it gets canceled for low sales in specialty shops and fans declare that there’s no market for youth-oriented books.
Mini-Marvels, meanwhile, remains the most intelligent voice in the entire Marvel line-up.
You have to admit that Beast Boy and that little red toothy motherfucker whom I do not recognize in the upper right hand corner are about the most preciousest things ever.
What’s token about it? It’s getting good reviews, and it is something kids can enjoy. Hell, there are scenes in the comic that got a grin out of me. Like you posted, it’s less beheadings and more fun. Or is it token on the assumption it’s only going to specialty shops, and therefore not reaching the younger market?
What’s token about it?
It’s only being sold through the direct market and the usual Johnny DC outlets with no extra promotion, the same as everything else DC tries outside of the direct market. The sales on the Minx stuff have reportedly been awful for the same reason: DC just throws stuff out there and assumes it’ll find an audience. Which doesn’t work nine times out of ten.
As for the comic itself, it requires a certain level of existing familiarity with the Teen Titans to fully get all of the jokes, to say the least. This is a product designed for existing readers more than it is for new ones. Shocking!
Yeah, it’s token both because they don’t make any effort to advertise it’s existence to kids, or get it into their hands. Comic publishers seem unique in their insistence that people seek out their product, whereas everyone else realizes that you need to get your stuff out there in front of people in order to sell it.
The other major thing that makes it token is the fact that the rest of their lineup is both impenetrable as ever to a newcomer, and too damn dark. It does no good to do one kid friendly comic if the rest of your stuff either (A) requires you to read 10 years worth of back issues to get the plot. Or (B) Contains crap like Blue Beetle getting capped, Spoiler getting tortured to death, or any appearance of Dr. Light. (AKA Rapey Mc RapeRape.)
Personally I’ve liked all the kid friendly stuff that both DC and marvel have put out, and I’ve bought issues to give to young relatives. I just wish that there was much more of it for kids to buy.
Wait, so there’s like 2 beheadings in tiny titans?
They did once have a major effort to bring in new, young readers: Young Justice. Of course, now all those characters are dead, evil, or just completely fucked up.
I for one would be awfully suspicious of partnering up with a dude called Rapey McRaperape, and I’m a pretty open-minded woman. I don’t even want to think what that costume would look like.
I heard Arrowette came back, maybe. No sign of her kickass mom, though.
Really, all the Johnny DC titles are in a kind of ghetto- which wouldn’t be a problem if there weren’t such a huge gap between Johnny DC and, say, TITANS EAST IMPALEMENT SPECIAL #1.
I hear Doctor Light is going to be their science teacher.
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My (now) 8 year-old son came home from the first day of kindergarten having played Teen Titans with his new friends. We promptly began buying the DVDs and Teen Titans Go comics.
I read the Haney/Cardy books as a kid and the Wolfman/Perez ones as a young man. I found TTG and the cartoon show to be perfectly fine follow-ups. My (now) 5 year-old daughter learned about super-hero girls, the older boy enjoyed it with his peers. The entire family is able to watch the cartoon. There isn’t much in the current media I can speak so well of.
This new book looks like an attempt to make little Hello Kitty toys. Like Robin having sex with colossally bosomed Starfire, this book seems to have no place in my home.
A girl can’t always help being colosally bosomed.
What Balthazar can’t draw The Herald on there? He’s got Aqualad, Bumblebee, And two fricking Wonder Girls, but no Mal Duncan…shame.
Just wanted to say that I got this comic yesterday, and now that I read it, I have to disagree with the idea that the reader has to be familiar with the Teen Titans mythos to get the book. I don’t read the Teen Titans at all, and I got the jokes. Reading it, you really do realize they have a newbie audience in mind. Super kids go to school and do kid stuff. It’s really not more advanced than that. You don’t need to know who Raven’s dad is or whatever.
Totally agree on poor marketting, however. That seems to be an issue with comic businesses as a whole, though. People just assume the comics will find their buyers though being on the shelf or word of mouth, or someone will buy this comic for their kid to enjoy.
Late to the party, but I’d love to see someone take the idea of Tiny Titans to its absurd logical end; Trigon in a tweed jacket, smoking a pipe, coming in for parent-teacher conferences, for instance.
Even later to the party, if only to say to Burke:
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