Review: The New Teen Titans #25

The New Teen Titans #25 cover
Cover by George Pérez

The New Teen Titans #25
Published and © by DC, November 1982

Title: “War!”
Synopsis: The Teen Titans’ effort to rescue Starfire escalates to a star-system-wide war between the Omega Men and the Citadel.

Writers (plot): Marv Wolfman and George Pérez
Writer (script): Wolfman
Penciler: Pérez
Embellisher: Romeo Tanghal

Review: The scope of this arc has grown exponentially: What started as a rescue mission has become a battle for freedom for billions. Also, gods. But writer Marv Wolfman’s knack for character moments keep the stakes feeling real. And George Pérez’s art is, of course, spectacular.


Title: “Fate Is the Killer”
Synopsis: Superman is drawn to Eternia where he teams with He-Man to foil the evildoings of Skeletor.

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciler: Curt Swan
Inker: Dave Hunt

Review: He-Man and company are out of place in this book. The Saturday-morning vibes are an inferior brand of fantasy/sci-fi.

Grade (for the entire issue): B

Second opinion: “This proliferation of characters … blanderizes George Perez’s artwork. … 1 out of 5 stars.” – Comics Coast to Coast #3, 1982

Cool factor: Sci-fi + superheroics.
Not-so-cool factor: The preview inserts are rarely a value add.

Notable: Includes a 16-page Masters of the Universe preview with an uncredited interior cover. … Story continues in The New Teen Titans Annual #1 (see review).
Collector’s note: According to the Grand Comics Database, there is a 75¢ Canadian variant of this issue.

Character quotable: “You’ll never know the ecstatic pleasure of truly humiliating and destroying your foe.” – Blackfire, sister-of-the-year candidate

Editor’s note: This review was written March 8, 2024.

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