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The original New Teen Titans have reteamed and formed the Titans Academy to teach the next generation of superpowered teens …if the students can survive the training. Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Donna Troy are the teachers at the school and will pass along their knowledge to the young recruits looking to learn how to use their powers to reach their ful The original New Teen Titans have reteamed and formed the Titans Academy to teach the next generation of superpowered teens …if the students can survive the training. Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Donna Troy are the teachers at the school and will pass along their knowledge to the young recruits looking to learn how to use their powers to reach their full potential. Meet the student body – a new Australian Speedster who runs on prosthetics, a trio of Batman obsessed Goth kids from Gotham, a teen expatriate from Gorilla City and a kid who’s possibly the anti-Christ. Plus, Billy Batson has enrolled to master his powers as Shazam! But the big mystery is the which member of this first class is the mysterious Red X. Fans of any era of the Teen Titans will love this new graphic novel collection that continues the legacy. Collecting Teen Titans Academy #1-5, Suicide Squad #3, Teen Titans Academy Yearbook #1


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The original New Teen Titans have reteamed and formed the Titans Academy to teach the next generation of superpowered teens …if the students can survive the training. Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Donna Troy are the teachers at the school and will pass along their knowledge to the young recruits looking to learn how to use their powers to reach their ful The original New Teen Titans have reteamed and formed the Titans Academy to teach the next generation of superpowered teens …if the students can survive the training. Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Donna Troy are the teachers at the school and will pass along their knowledge to the young recruits looking to learn how to use their powers to reach their full potential. Meet the student body – a new Australian Speedster who runs on prosthetics, a trio of Batman obsessed Goth kids from Gotham, a teen expatriate from Gorilla City and a kid who’s possibly the anti-Christ. Plus, Billy Batson has enrolled to master his powers as Shazam! But the big mystery is the which member of this first class is the mysterious Red X. Fans of any era of the Teen Titans will love this new graphic novel collection that continues the legacy. Collecting Teen Titans Academy #1-5, Suicide Squad #3, Teen Titans Academy Yearbook #1

30 review for Teen Titans Academy, Vol. 1: X Marks His Spot

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    A real missed opportunity. Having the Titans run a school for teen heroes sounds great. Too bad this isn't about that. Instead, it's all about "Who is Red X?" But you know what, who cares? This certainly doesn't make me care. It hasn't been a long running mystery. The character didn't even exist in the comics until Future State. If you are going to make a book called Teen Titans Academy make it about the academy. Most of the kids don't even get introductions. As the book goes on, we get introduc A real missed opportunity. Having the Titans run a school for teen heroes sounds great. Too bad this isn't about that. Instead, it's all about "Who is Red X?" But you know what, who cares? This certainly doesn't make me care. It hasn't been a long running mystery. The character didn't even exist in the comics until Future State. If you are going to make a book called Teen Titans Academy make it about the academy. Most of the kids don't even get introductions. As the book goes on, we get introductions on a couple of them but most, I know nothing about except their real names. Their powers or back stories haven't been mentioned at all leaving me completely uninterested at all. This book gets an 'F' for the first semester.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ronald

    This had so much potential, but that potential was wasted. I mean having the original Titans try to train the next generation of heroes. It was like someone said, "Remember Gotham Academy? Well we can do that but make it bad." It was a lot like Strange Academy having a huge cast and does a bad job introducing "EVERYONE" at once. But frankly, immediately foreshadowing the Suicide Squad showing up, then having what was essentially a solo story come from the Suicide Squad comic end in this comic wa This had so much potential, but that potential was wasted. I mean having the original Titans try to train the next generation of heroes. It was like someone said, "Remember Gotham Academy? Well we can do that but make it bad." It was a lot like Strange Academy having a huge cast and does a bad job introducing "EVERYONE" at once. But frankly, immediately foreshadowing the Suicide Squad showing up, then having what was essentially a solo story come from the Suicide Squad comic end in this comic was not just jarring but badly executed. Then the complete and near total obsession with Red X was dumb and prevented the comic from developing. Actually the comic focusing on the three Bat detectives was interesting and showed potential. It is kind of sad actually that the Annual that had little to do with the main comic but had some of the best stories with the first chance to actually learn about some of these new DC characters err students. This comic could have used focus and direction.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    This is so bad. Not only the book got hijacked by a lot of characters without the “screen time” to actually get to know them, or even like them; but it also borrows a long gone plot, like Red X’s, and the thing doesn’t even get solved. When we don’t really know who the characters in the book are, why would we care who among them is Red X? It took me so long to finish this set, that it actually made me wonder why I was even reading this. I don’t mind new iterations of the Titans. The latest group w This is so bad. Not only the book got hijacked by a lot of characters without the “screen time” to actually get to know them, or even like them; but it also borrows a long gone plot, like Red X’s, and the thing doesn’t even get solved. When we don’t really know who the characters in the book are, why would we care who among them is Red X? It took me so long to finish this set, that it actually made me wonder why I was even reading this. I don’t mind new iterations of the Titans. The latest group was actually fun to follow, but this incarnation just lacks any direction, the dialogues are dull, and it looks like they want to appeal to a younger audience, but most referencias are so dated. I mean, Scooby-Doo? Really?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    God, I wanted this to be so much better than it is. All the ingredients are there - the Titans, the most recent Teen Titans, a good ol' fashioned mystery surrounding an iconic character, some new faces that I was interested to get to know, and the old guard training the new a la Avengers Academy should be a recipe for success. But it just falls on its face. The mystery surrounding Red X just isn't that compelling. The fact that he keeps turning up out of nowhere just makes everyone involved look God, I wanted this to be so much better than it is. All the ingredients are there - the Titans, the most recent Teen Titans, a good ol' fashioned mystery surrounding an iconic character, some new faces that I was interested to get to know, and the old guard training the new a la Avengers Academy should be a recipe for success. But it just falls on its face. The mystery surrounding Red X just isn't that compelling. The fact that he keeps turning up out of nowhere just makes everyone involved look incompetent, and there are too many characters wandering around at once to keep your attention on the important things. Contrast this to a book like Strange Academy that has a very big cast as well, and you can see where this fails in all the places that book succeeds. I was far more engaged with the Dane plotline that spins off into its own mini-series than any of the actual Red X stuff. I'm glad they've included the Suicide Squad issue here, even if it's not entirely necessary. The Yearbook Annual is probably the best issue of the bunch by a mile, but that's not saying too much since the rest is a meandering mess. I'm a Rafa Sandoval fan, definitely - his art on Hal Jordan and The Flash most recently was top notch. And it is here too - but it feels more lifeless and stunded, possibly because the characters he's drawing are all saying inane things that go nowhere. All the pieces, but it's as if we've decided to try and put the puzzle together in six different places that might not fit together, and the big picture might not be one we want to see once it's finished either.

  5. 4 out of 5

    A.J. Anders

    This was super disappointing. The main question this series seems intent on answering is “Who is Red X”? It sadly falls flat on its face, which sucks because the concept of the older Titans running an X-Men like academy to train younger heroes is a sweet idea. Somehow the author managed to make a question that used to be a lunchtime arguement with me and my friends, and made it completely uninteresting. I honestly don’t even care to read anymore, and will probably just read an article about who e This was super disappointing. The main question this series seems intent on answering is “Who is Red X”? It sadly falls flat on its face, which sucks because the concept of the older Titans running an X-Men like academy to train younger heroes is a sweet idea. Somehow the author managed to make a question that used to be a lunchtime arguement with me and my friends, and made it completely uninteresting. I honestly don’t even care to read anymore, and will probably just read an article about who ended up being Red X when that issue eventually comes out. I usually hate when people say this to criticize work, but this really does read like awful fan fiction.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Wow, definitely the best book to come out of the Infinite Frontier (or whatever) era of DC. This is a delightful new take on the Titans, offering up a school of new characters, who we get to know in individual issue spotlights. There's also a terrific mystery in the question of who is Red X. And all of the storytelling is quite good. (And unlike Suicide Squad, which was a crossovered mess, everything about Red X actually makes sense here.) I'm brutally saddened to hear that TTA has already been can Wow, definitely the best book to come out of the Infinite Frontier (or whatever) era of DC. This is a delightful new take on the Titans, offering up a school of new characters, who we get to know in individual issue spotlights. There's also a terrific mystery in the question of who is Red X. And all of the storytelling is quite good. (And unlike Suicide Squad, which was a crossovered mess, everything about Red X actually makes sense here.) I'm brutally saddened to hear that TTA has already been cancelled, but I'd definitely follow Sheridan to new frontiers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    The start of what could potentially be a great series. I was intrigued by the central mystery surrounding the reappearance of Red X, as the character was a favorite of mine from the animated series, but the comic currently has some pacing issues. It felt as if the creators were trying to jam in as much intrigue into the first volume that the storyline became oversaturated. From the new students to old Titans to the introduction of other groups, the plot became bogged down with a large number of The start of what could potentially be a great series. I was intrigued by the central mystery surrounding the reappearance of Red X, as the character was a favorite of mine from the animated series, but the comic currently has some pacing issues. It felt as if the creators were trying to jam in as much intrigue into the first volume that the storyline became oversaturated. From the new students to old Titans to the introduction of other groups, the plot became bogged down with a large number of side stories. The Original Teen Titans have started a school hoping to foster the next generation of young heroes but a dark shadow looms over the newly opened superhero academy. Nightwing’s old Red X mask reappears on campus and with a new, unknown vigilante taking up the complicated mantle, the old guard are on their toes for what potential dangers that entails. Thank you Netgalley and DC Comics for providing me with this ARC.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vojtěch

    po 4. issue končím, tahle série mě vůbec nebaví a ani se nedokopu dokončit volume…

  9. 4 out of 5

    Guilherme Smee

    Gostei muito da proposta do quadrinho de Academia dos Jovens Titãs. Mas eu sou bastante suspeito para dar meu aval porque adoro muito histórias em quadrinhos de super-heróis que apresentam super-heróis, principalmente matriculados em instituições eduçativas. Academia do Estranho, Novos Mutantes, Geração X, Academia dos Vingadores, Vingadores: A Iniciativa, todos esses títulos eu gosto muito. A DC Comics não tem tanta tradição com este tipo de narrativa como a Marvel, mas manda bem também. As esc Gostei muito da proposta do quadrinho de Academia dos Jovens Titãs. Mas eu sou bastante suspeito para dar meu aval porque adoro muito histórias em quadrinhos de super-heróis que apresentam super-heróis, principalmente matriculados em instituições eduçativas. Academia do Estranho, Novos Mutantes, Geração X, Academia dos Vingadores, Vingadores: A Iniciativa, todos esses títulos eu gosto muito. A DC Comics não tem tanta tradição com este tipo de narrativa como a Marvel, mas manda bem também. As escolas de heróis costumam juntar elementos já conhecidos do público, como seus professores, com elementos novos e inesperados, que são o corpo docente. Novos personagens muito interessantes são adicionados à Academia dos Jovens Titãs e um mistério sobre que é o novo X Vermelho, um personagem que já teve diversas identidades, promete chacoalha a Academia de dentro para fora e de fora para dentro, como por exemplo, o envolvimento do Esquadrão Suicida de Amanda Waller na trama. Os desenho de Rafa Sandoval casam muito bem com a proposta de apresentar adolescentes. Mas os meus personagens preferidos - por incrível que pareça - são o Batbando, formados por pequenos detetives que são tutorados pelo Asa Noturna. As histórias deles, desenhadas por Steve Lieber são ótimas. É uma pena que este título durou tão pouco nos Estados Unidos...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Trying to Do Some Good Teen Titian’s Academy #1 written by Tim Sheridan, with art by Rafa Sandoval, is a modern take on super-powered teenagers trying to find their identity in the wake of the age of superheroes. After many events, that are not covered in this comic, the New Titians recruit a group of special teens to learn the basics about being a superhero. The Teen Titian’s Academy is run by the classic New Titian’s characters, who take on the role of teacher and mentor. From the beginning, th Trying to Do Some Good Teen Titian’s Academy #1 written by Tim Sheridan, with art by Rafa Sandoval, is a modern take on super-powered teenagers trying to find their identity in the wake of the age of superheroes. After many events, that are not covered in this comic, the New Titians recruit a group of special teens to learn the basics about being a superhero. The Teen Titian’s Academy is run by the classic New Titian’s characters, who take on the role of teacher and mentor. From the beginning, things start to go wrong as the mysterious Red X causes confusion, and trouble within the Titian’s Tower. Everyone has secrets, and being a teenager is tough, but learning teamwork may not be enough to help the academy’s students. There are a lot of new characters in addition to characters introduced in previous comics, the New Titans, and the current Teen Titians. Which is a lot of characters to introduce, and keep track of in this new comic run. This comic does feature a nice range of diversity, and mixed backgrounds. Including the awesome character Alinta aka. Bolt, a speedster struggling to hide her difficult past. Stitch the relatable “magically animated, gender-nonconforming rag doll”, who brings some humor to this comic. Also including an interval with the Bat Pack’s reiteration of events, and origin story. As well as other students, who do not get a lot of story building. Red X seems to use this mixture of ambiguous characterization, and secret pasts to hide a very vague purpose. Or Nightwing’s word “stalks”, might be accurate. (view spoiler)[ With the surprise appearance of the Suicide Squad, trying to re-pick their own teen candidate. Which is not a great moment for anyone involved. (hide spoiler)] This comic is full of growing pains, and cynical views about identity, relationships, and judging other people. The New Titians moments, including jokes about Nightwing being old, and Cyborg teaching Home Ec., just seemed to fall flat. Between active missions, other commitments, relationships, planning curriculum, family stuff, and dealing with interpersonal student issues the New Titians may be way over their heads. Over all this comic has a great comic layout, and Rafa Sandoval’s style is dynamic, and visually fun from panel to panel. Alejandro Sanchez does a wonderful job adding rich color to an otherwise darker themed comic. Though, some of the font size, and styles were a bit hard to read digitally. The mystery of the story relies on what the comic doesn’t show the reader, which is a lot. Readers will have to wait until Teen Titian’s Academy #2 to get any story resolution. Despite its rough beginning, it is great to see a new generation of superheroes. There are boundless new story directions, about growing up in a superhero world, to look forward too.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Leighton

    Thank you to DC Comics and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Teen Titans Academy Vol. 1: X Marks The Spot by Tim Sheridan seems to be a spin-off series of the current Teen Titans comic series. The cover features Red X, who was a character developed for the 2003 animated TV series. I remember Red X really well, and I looked forward to seeing his role in this series. The book revolves around a new group of superpowered teens as the original Teen Titans train them to become th Thank you to DC Comics and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Teen Titans Academy Vol. 1: X Marks The Spot by Tim Sheridan seems to be a spin-off series of the current Teen Titans comic series. The cover features Red X, who was a character developed for the 2003 animated TV series. I remember Red X really well, and I looked forward to seeing his role in this series. The book revolves around a new group of superpowered teens as the original Teen Titans train them to become the new Teen Titans. But who is Red X? Can anyone figure it out? First off, I have been a huge Teen Titans fan since the animated TV show came out in 2003. I remember watching the cartoons on Saturdays, writing fanmail, and drawing my own fanart of the characters in the series. I also devoured all of the comics that I could get my hands on, from older comics from the 80's and 90's, all the way to the new comics that were coming out from Geoff Johns. You might think that this would make me a biased reviewer, but actually, I stopped reading Teen Titans comics in the past couple of years, because they stopped interesting me. Overall, Teen Titans Academy Vol. 1: X Marks The Spot is an amazing graphic novel that reminded me of all the best Teen Titans comics that I've read. I had a blast reading this book! The mystery of who is wearing the Red X mask was compelling and kept my eyes glued to the page. I also loved seeing older characters that I grew up with, along with newer characters who I hadn't met before. The book was the perfect blend of old and new. I can't wait until Vol. 2 comes out. If you're intrigued by the description, I highly recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in March!

  12. 5 out of 5

    MJ Barrette

    I am very very happy with this bind up! Especially since I haven't had a chance to read the smaller bits of this comic, and it being the diversity we want and need. The first DC super hero with a hijab, the first gender non-conforming hero. YES PLEASE. GIMME ALL THE THINGS. Also some plus size hero respresentation too, just yesssss. I like that we get snippets of the older Teen Titans and thier relationships still happening (ie. Rave & Beast Boy, Nightwing & Starfire), and that we get these new fr I am very very happy with this bind up! Especially since I haven't had a chance to read the smaller bits of this comic, and it being the diversity we want and need. The first DC super hero with a hijab, the first gender non-conforming hero. YES PLEASE. GIMME ALL THE THINGS. Also some plus size hero respresentation too, just yesssss. I like that we get snippets of the older Teen Titans and thier relationships still happening (ie. Rave & Beast Boy, Nightwing & Starfire), and that we get these new friendships building that will hopefully flourish later. The Bat Pack had me cackling. Since my alignment will always be Bat-biased in DC, this is one thing that made my soul happy. Also I know he' s supposed to be this great detective or what not, but it's still odd to see him through that lense of the kids. My only critique is that the tie in with Suicide Squad seemed a little preditory (which yeah, the director is a little unhinged, obviously, but it still felt a little icky). Overall a great read. Thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you to Netgalley and DC Entertainment for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    3/5 stars I received an ARC of this book, and I am voluntarily leaving a review. The idea behind this book sounded so fun, but it didn't live up to my expectations. As a huge fan of the 2003 Teen Titans cartoon and Young Justice, I am really attached to the original Teen Titans. When I heard of this book, I was expecting an X-Men style academy with the Titans as teachers. I thought it might be similar to Teen Titans: The Judas Contract where some of the original Titans acted as mentors to the new h 3/5 stars I received an ARC of this book, and I am voluntarily leaving a review. The idea behind this book sounded so fun, but it didn't live up to my expectations. As a huge fan of the 2003 Teen Titans cartoon and Young Justice, I am really attached to the original Teen Titans. When I heard of this book, I was expecting an X-Men style academy with the Titans as teachers. I thought it might be similar to Teen Titans: The Judas Contract where some of the original Titans acted as mentors to the new heroes. However, the story itself was all over the place! There are so many characters introduced in this book, but I didn't feel like I got to know any of them. I wasn't overly invested in the mystery aspect either. While I had my issues with this book, there were a few things I liked about it. I enjoyed the interactions between the original Titans! I loved the few BBRae scenes more than anything else in the book! And I have always enjoyed the banter between Cyborg and Beast Boy, which we got a little of. The art style was also good, though I think it changed at least once. I might consider reading the second volume just to see if the story actually goes anywhere.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)

    Series: Teen Titans Academy #1 Rating: 3 stars - I liked it Teen Titans Academy is about the next generation of recruits learning to use their abilities. Things do not go as planned though because Red X has returned and is causing chaos, on top of the Suicide Squad. This was an interesting start to a new series. I enjoyed it and liked the new recruits, especially the Bat Squad. The return of Red X is interesting and I am looking forward to finding out who he is, and what his plans are. Also, for n Series: Teen Titans Academy #1 Rating: 3 stars - I liked it Teen Titans Academy is about the next generation of recruits learning to use their abilities. Things do not go as planned though because Red X has returned and is causing chaos, on top of the Suicide Squad. This was an interesting start to a new series. I enjoyed it and liked the new recruits, especially the Bat Squad. The return of Red X is interesting and I am looking forward to finding out who he is, and what his plans are. Also, for not having read any DC comics that lead up to this, it was pretty easy to follow along, even with the Suicide Squad making a scene. Overall, this was interesting and I look forward to reading the next volume. *ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.* You can also find my reviews at Red-Haired Ash Reads.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Harrison Schweiloch

    It has been a while since I read a Teen Titans comic. I fondly remember the year I borrowed the entire Geoff Johns run from the library. Wow, where does the time go? I also loved the original Teen Titans cartoon on Cartoon Network (before the “Go”) so I was intrigued by this new volume that appeared to introduce Red X into continuity. This was a fun book. I liked the introduction of lost of new kids with weird or possibly no powers. It really felt like it was trying to go for a Generation X feel It has been a while since I read a Teen Titans comic. I fondly remember the year I borrowed the entire Geoff Johns run from the library. Wow, where does the time go? I also loved the original Teen Titans cartoon on Cartoon Network (before the “Go”) so I was intrigued by this new volume that appeared to introduce Red X into continuity. This was a fun book. I liked the introduction of lost of new kids with weird or possibly no powers. It really felt like it was trying to go for a Generation X feel. The older classic Titans characters didn’t get quite enough focus, but that’s hard with such a big cast. I particularly liked the kids from Gotham. This was a fun read! Thanks to DC and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Meg (thyme.for.books)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. The Teen Titans start the Titans Academy to instruct a new generation of teenage superheroes. While this collection of graphic novels includes the original Teen Titans, the majority of the storyline covers their students. I do appreciate the diversity of the characters. The premise of training young heroes is interesting but the mystery surrounding “Red X'' is muddled. The excellent illustration I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. The Teen Titans start the Titans Academy to instruct a new generation of teenage superheroes. While this collection of graphic novels includes the original Teen Titans, the majority of the storyline covers their students. I do appreciate the diversity of the characters. The premise of training young heroes is interesting but the mystery surrounding “Red X'' is muddled. The excellent illustrations help to compensate for what is lacking in the dialogue.

  17. 4 out of 5

    BreAnna (Bre'sBooks)

    **ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review** Teen Titans Academy Vol. 1: X Marks The Spot by Tim Sheridan was a fun ride of a comic bind-up. I have very limited exposure to superhero comics, but I've had a soft spot for Titan-related content ever since the cartoon network show way premiered way back when. It was cool to see my favorite Titans all grown up and teaching the younger generation of supers; the reprise of the Red X character was a nice addition too. Now I just need to figure out whe **ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review** Teen Titans Academy Vol. 1: X Marks The Spot by Tim Sheridan was a fun ride of a comic bind-up. I have very limited exposure to superhero comics, but I've had a soft spot for Titan-related content ever since the cartoon network show way premiered way back when. It was cool to see my favorite Titans all grown up and teaching the younger generation of supers; the reprise of the Red X character was a nice addition too. Now I just need to figure out where to read more of what I like.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I do think this is cringey, but I don't know if there's something about boarding school stories that makes up for it for me. You can tell it's written by a White Man - a reference to Harry Potter is deemed "problematic," Summer is wearing her hijab while sleeping for some reason, and the way Stitch is introduced as nonbinary is awkward. Despite this, I do like these characters and I want to see where they go from here. I do think this is cringey, but I don't know if there's something about boarding school stories that makes up for it for me. You can tell it's written by a White Man - a reference to Harry Potter is deemed "problematic," Summer is wearing her hijab while sleeping for some reason, and the way Stitch is introduced as nonbinary is awkward. Despite this, I do like these characters and I want to see where they go from here.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shannan

    it's my fault for picking up a book when i don't know a ton about the characters involved (and knowing DC's tendency to just refer to other comics rather than devote time to context) but the major antagonist of this is unsurprisingly Red X, who i know basically nothing about. there's also a weird connection to Suicide Squad, which seemed like a bad choice in a book that already has *so many* characters. there's a ton of setup in this volume, with very very little payoff. it's my fault for picking up a book when i don't know a ton about the characters involved (and knowing DC's tendency to just refer to other comics rather than devote time to context) but the major antagonist of this is unsurprisingly Red X, who i know basically nothing about. there's also a weird connection to Suicide Squad, which seemed like a bad choice in a book that already has *so many* characters. there's a ton of setup in this volume, with very very little payoff.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Revell

    It's hard to read this and not get an X-Men vibe, given the setting of a school for teenagers with superpowers. But, of course, it's clearly the DC universe and ties in with other Titans stories. The plot concerns a new intake of students (some familiar from previous comics, most not) one of whom is secretly a villain up to... I'm not really sure what because he hasn't done much that's obviously bad yet. The main appeal is the new characters and the problem here is that there's a sufficiently la It's hard to read this and not get an X-Men vibe, given the setting of a school for teenagers with superpowers. But, of course, it's clearly the DC universe and ties in with other Titans stories. The plot concerns a new intake of students (some familiar from previous comics, most not) one of whom is secretly a villain up to... I'm not really sure what because he hasn't done much that's obviously bad yet. The main appeal is the new characters and the problem here is that there's a sufficiently large cast that, even by the end of the volume we don't really know who all the key ones are - Brick, Summer, Gregg, and especially Dane just don't get any development or backstory yet. So it may be something of a slow burn, possibly with DC trying to out the ideas to see which ones prove popular so they can be used more going forward. Having said that, the section where the Bat Pack become the main protagonists is good, balancing comedic moments with a serious backstory. And at least the collection includes the issue of Suicide Squad that was part of the plot arc, something that DC often overlooks when they put these together. It's certainly intriguing enough for me to want to read more, although mainly to see what they do with the new characters than for the central mystery of Red X's identity, which remains unsolved at the conclusion. Stitch and the Bat Pack are great, and Bolt is fun, too, but give me more of Summer...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    The Teen Titans have opened an academy to train young heroes. There are several mysteries happening including: who is the new Red X, will Raven's visions come true, and why is the Suicide Squad after Bolt. Perhaps some of these will be answered in the next volume. Classic comic art. The words are sometimes hard to read. #TeenTitansAcademyVol1XMarksTheSpot #NetGalley The Teen Titans have opened an academy to train young heroes. There are several mysteries happening including: who is the new Red X, will Raven's visions come true, and why is the Suicide Squad after Bolt. Perhaps some of these will be answered in the next volume. Classic comic art. The words are sometimes hard to read. #TeenTitansAcademyVol1XMarksTheSpot #NetGalley

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ross

    An interesting premise that falls flat in execution... On paper, this sounds like another interesting idea like 'Strange Academy' for Marvel or an updated Young Justice for DC. In actuality, this is a slapped together half thought out attempt to keep the Titans name on people's lips since the TV show has gotten mixed reviews. Readable, but not a 'must read'.. An interesting premise that falls flat in execution... On paper, this sounds like another interesting idea like 'Strange Academy' for Marvel or an updated Young Justice for DC. In actuality, this is a slapped together half thought out attempt to keep the Titans name on people's lips since the TV show has gotten mixed reviews. Readable, but not a 'must read'..

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Disappointing. The basic problem is that there's just way too many characters all getting introduced at the same time. That's largely an issue because of the Red X thing. If I can barely remember who these characters are, how am I supposed to figure out which one is Red X? Disappointing. The basic problem is that there's just way too many characters all getting introduced at the same time. That's largely an issue because of the Red X thing. If I can barely remember who these characters are, how am I supposed to figure out which one is Red X?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Kell

    This comic was a good addition to the Teen Titans universe but the storyline was a bit all over the place. I thoroughly enjoyed the artwork and I love the characters but some of the dialogue was mediocre. I'd love to read the next volume to see how the series progresses. This comic was a good addition to the Teen Titans universe but the storyline was a bit all over the place. I thoroughly enjoyed the artwork and I love the characters but some of the dialogue was mediocre. I'd love to read the next volume to see how the series progresses.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yasmine

    Missing: Suicide Squad #3

  26. 4 out of 5

    Devin Sasse

    So freaking cute, I need a bat pack series asap 🦇

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alex G

    Teen Titans Academy Vol 1: X Marks The Spot is ultimately a book that does not know what it wants to be. I could not even finish the graphic novel. The change of perspectives is one thing in a book, where POVs shift, but in comics, nailing such a thing is tricky, if not impossible. For a book like this, it just makes it jarring. You start to get connected to one character, their story builds up and then bam!, they are gone. It makes for a very annoying read and one where it is impossible to enjo Teen Titans Academy Vol 1: X Marks The Spot is ultimately a book that does not know what it wants to be. I could not even finish the graphic novel. The change of perspectives is one thing in a book, where POVs shift, but in comics, nailing such a thing is tricky, if not impossible. For a book like this, it just makes it jarring. You start to get connected to one character, their story builds up and then bam!, they are gone. It makes for a very annoying read and one where it is impossible to enjoy the fractured story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Madison Head

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pedro Mout

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