Review: Tales of the New Teen Titans #2

Tales of the New Teen Titans #2 cover
Cover by George Pérez

Tales of the New Teen Titans #2
Published and © by DC, July 1982

Title: “Raven”
Synopsis: Startled from their bedrolls by their teammate’s nightmare, the Titans soon learn the traumatic tale of Raven’s upbringing.

Writers (plot): Marv Wolfman and George Pérez
Writer: Wolfman
Penciler: Pérez
Inker: Pablo Marcos

Review: Much like this miniseries’ debut issue (see review), this deep dive into the back story of one of the newest Teen Titans is built around a mashup of tropes popular in the previous decade. But Raven’s origin – with its roots in the occult and demon rape – is harder to embrace today. Writer Marv Wolfman built this version of the Teen Titans around parent/child relationships and the expectations children carry into adulthood. This dynamic is an essential element to the series’ success, but Raven’s dark destiny – and undermined sense of agency – is its least successful iteration. 

Grade: B+

Second opinion: “Recommended.” – Frank Plowright, FantaCo’s Chronicle’s Series Annual #1, 1983 … Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition), 2003.

Cool factor: This is still an enjoyable miniseries, and the George Pérez art is fantastic.

Notable: Origin of Raven. … Includes a pinup of Raven by George Pérez.
Collector’s note: According to MyComicShop.com, there is a Mark Jewelers variant of this issue.

Character quotable: “Perhaps I have erred in keeping so much of my past a secret.” – Raven, daughter of Azarath … and Trigon

Editor’s note: This review was written Sept. 23, 2023.

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