Back in 2008, DC Comics unleashed the tiniest superheroes of all – Tiny Titans.
Created by Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani and comprised of even younger, kid-friendly versions of DC Universe characters from the Teen Titans series, the first issue, “Tiny Titans: Welcome To The Treehouse,” was released for free as part of Comic Book Day 2008 and from there had a respectable 50 issue run ending in 2012 – but not before winning the Eisner Award for “Best Series for Kids” in 2009 and again in 2011.
And now they’re back again with the first issue of an all-new six-issue series, “Tiny Titans: Return To The Treehouse” and it is cute as hell.
Issue #1 of the adventure sees Robin, Superboy, Supergirl, Ace the Bathound, and Krypto searching to solve the mystery of how and why their beloved treehouse disappeared.
Admittedly, I missed the initial run of “Tiny Titans” and had no clue they even existed until this issue caught my eye at my fave comic book store as I was waiting for a collection I’d ordered to be brought up to the front of store. I didn’t even bother to look inside the because the colorful cover was more than enough to pique my interest – and as it was only $2.99, it wasn’t a huge loss if I didn’t like it.
I took it home, read it, and immediately fell in love. The Tiny Titans are what you expect and act the way kids do if they were superheroes: Beast Boy pretty much has ADD, Robin is all business, and Supergirl is just the cutest thing ever. With bright colors, clever one-liners and your favorite heroes behaving like children, there’s something for everyone here and just like with Marvel’s one-shot, A-Babies VS X-Babies, I would definitely recommend reading the issue at “normal speed” then go back and really take the time to view the panels, since there are some pretty fun cameos and Easter eggs that’ll make you smile.
Any complaints? Not really! If anything, it’s inspired me to go back and read the previous 50 issue series (which you don’t have to have read in order to enjoy this new run). It’s also a GREAT way to introduce your young ones to the DC universe without freaking them out. Hell, I’m an adult and Joker still scares the crap out of me.
Issue #1 is now available at your local comic book store with issue #2 available July 2nd and the remaining issues to be released over the next four months.
Hope you love it as much as I do!
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