The New Teen Titans #5

The New Teen Titans #5

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Title: “Trigon Lives!”
Synopsis: The Titans thwart the monstrous Goronn, but prove no match for the invader’s master – Trigon the Terrible!

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciler: Curt Swan
Inker: Romeo Tanghal

This early fill-in issue from Superman stalwart Curt Swan underscores George Pérez’s importance to the success of The New Teen Titans. Swan’s storytelling simply lacks the visual gravitas required for a story of this scale. Marv Wolfman’s characterization work is subpar here, as well; while his Titans are on their way to becoming “real,” they still feel more like a collection of character traits than fully formed people. New Teen Titans #5 feels a bit like a B-list summer movie: subpar special effects, wooden characters and a sneaking suspicion that this one could – and should – have been better.

Grade: C+

Cool factor: Goronn looks pretty menacing on that George Pérez cover …
Not-so-cool factor:Inside this issue? Yeah, not so much.

Character Quotable
“To one who has decimated worlds, one who has ravaged galaxies – and brought an entire universe to its knees – the puny powers you display only serve to whet my appetite for destruction!”Trigon the Long Winded
The New Teen Titans #5

Published and © by DC, March 1981
Cover by George Pérez

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