Review: The New Teen Titans #14

The New Teen Titans #14 cover
Cover by George Pérez and Dick Giordano

The New Teen Titans #14
Published and © by DC, December 1981

Title: “Revolution!”
Synopsis: The Titans are reunited, battle a brainwashed Mento, then fall while trying to save Zandia from Madame Rouge.

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciler: George Pérez
Embellisher: Romeo Tanghal

Review: Compared to modern decompressed storytelling, there is a massive amount of material in this issue: Not one but two major battles, a 2-1/2-page recap of the Doom Patrol’s career and some great character moments, particularly those featuring Changeling. Yet none of this feels rushed: Writer Marv Wolfman is in total control of the pacing. Of course, he’s aided by some masterful work by artist George Pérez. Already a gifted storyteller, Pérez’s page design and panel selection continue to improve. Combined, Wolfman and Pérez are fast becoming one of the best – and most consistent – creative teams of the Bronze Age.

Grade: A

Cool factor: The real question: How cool would a Wolfman/Pérez Doom Patrol series have been?

Notable: First brief appearance of the new Brotherhood of Evil.

Character quotable: “I want to stay angry … I want to be mad!” – Changeling, in no mood for wisecracking

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Sequential Reaction (Vol. 1) on Oct. 11, 2016.

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