Review: The New Teen Titans #17

The New Teen Titans #17 cover
Cover by George Pérez and Romeo Tanghal

The New Teen Titans #17
Published and © by DC, March 1982

Title: “The Possessing of Francis Kane!”
Synopsis: The Teen Titans race to save one of Kid Flash’s childhood friends from what appears to be magnetic demonic possession.

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

Review: As with the previous issue (see review of New Teen Titans #16), this done-in-one story feels rushed. Writer Marv Wolfman introduces Francis Kane, a childhood friend of Kid Flash, and requires the reader to accept their history on faith. But it’s a big leap as the story jumps right into an odd-but-action-packed tale that’s one part Magneto, one part “The Exorcist.” The lack of an established connection with Fran undermines the emotional stakes. But the action is solid and the second epilogue provides a nice twist. Add in some nice George Pérez art and this issue is still a winner.

Grade: B+

Second opinion: “The worst issue of this is usually enjoyable comic book yet.” – Matt Denn, Comics Coast to Coast #1, 1982

Cool factor: The second epilogue offers a nice explanation …
Not-so-cool factor: … for a demonic-possession plot that is otherwise played out.

Notable: First appearance of Francis Kane. … The “Titans’ Tower” letters page includes an LoC from future comics editor Diana Schutz.
Collector’s note: According to MyComicShop.com, there is a Mark Jewelers variant of this issue.

Character quotable: “Guys, I don’t like this. I don’t like this at all!” – Changeling, wisecracker no more

Editor’s note: This review was written April 28, 2023.

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