The best Teen Titans stories are right up there with some of the best DC has to offer. Superheroes are one of DC’s best-known and best-loved franchises, so that’s not surprising. They stay in fans’ hearts through both comic books and animated shows. Titans isn’t the only show they’ve done. They also made a movie called Teen Titans Go! To The Movies. People who are pint-sized heroes deserve the attention they get.
For example, if you want to learn about the Teen Titans through some of their best stories, this list will help. You can also use it as a guide to see which arcs we think are worth revisiting.
1. Life and Death
Geoff Johns has the Titans of today fight against Titans of the past, which makes for some interesting dynamics. In comic books about superheroes, there is a lot of emphasis on history and legacy. Johns used the impending event to make the Titans face their own fears and doubts.
This is a thoughtful look at life and death from a writer who worked with the teens a lot.
2. The Technis Imperative
This is always a good idea for a story. It’s good that Devin Grayson and Phil Jimenez show how the two teams are similar as well as how they are different.
Several former members of the Teen Titans start to go missing, which puts the Titans’ investigation on a collision course with the JLA’s, which is looking into the same thing. But when the Cyborg turns out to be brainwashed, the Titans fight back against the heroes they look up to.
Grayson and Jimenez use Teen Titans as a way to connect with the found family that has always been a part of the show. It’s clear that Jimenez learned a lot from George Perez when he was growing up. As the number of characters grows, this shows even more.
3. Family Lost
Geoff Johns changed the Titans’ lineup when he took over, but that only made it easier for old members to come back to the team when he left. Raven would be the first, but in a new body and with a new master, none other than Brother Blood, one of the Titans’ fiercest adversaries.
This is all happening while Rose Wilson is taking over her brother, the Ravager’s, mantle. She teams up with Deathstroke to hunt down the Titans.
That sounds like a lot to put into one story, but Johns uses these Titans songs to strengthen the themes of family, forgiveness, and friendship that come up in great runs with the Titans.
4. Teen Titans Lost Annual
There are a lot of silly things on this list, but this one is one of the most fun single issues in the history of the Titans. It’s also a good way to remember Teen Titans co-creator Bob Haney.
In 1963, this “Lost Annual” starts with JFK being taken by aliens who look like a certain Fab Four. That should tell you what to expect.
Published in 2008, it’s not actually a long-lost script that was drawn in the present day. It’s a special from 2003 that hasn’t been out for five years. Jay Stephens did the pencils and Mike Allred did the inks on it. Together, the two of them honor all the Silver Age zaniness in Haney’s script, and in the process, they honor a legend by making his last script come to life.
5. Teen Titans: Year One
Amy Wolfram and Karl Kerschl did a great job writing about an early adventure of the Teen Titans. This might be a surprise, but they did a good job. This isn’t the most well-known line-up for younger fans, and Wolfram is writing it for a wide range of people, but she really gets the character dynamics right.
Karl Kerschl’s work in this comic isn’t what we usually expect from superhero comics, but it really works well for what it is. As someone who draws comics, Kerschl’s lines really shine in this story. They add a lot of heart and dynamism to the whole thing.
6. Teen Titans #53 (1977)
Because even though the New Teen Titans aren’t nearly as popular as the original team, they are still important for people who want a look at how they progressed from the beginning to their best point. When you start reading comics, the best one to start with is Teen Titans #53 by Bob Rozakis and Juan Ortiz from 1977.
Titled “In the Beginning,” this issue tells how the Teen Titans first came together to stop their mentors, who had been taken over by a villain called Antithesis. It also tells how the Teen Titans first met. The Justice League vs. Teen Titans animated movie was based on this idea in a way, but not very much.
7. New Teen Titans, Vol. 1
People who were interested in the Teen Titans should start with The New Teen Titans #1 from 1980. This brought back Robin, Kid-Flash, and Wonder Girl, as well as adding new members like Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, and Cyborg, to the team.
Today, most people know this lineup. This book is where these people first came together in this lineup, so it’s important to read it. It didn’t take long for Robin to become Nightwing, and this started the best run of the team in DC Comics.
8. New Teen Titans: Friends And Foes Alike
Early in Marv Wolfman and Geroge Perez’s run, they put the story from New Teen Titans #13 in their first comic book. This book had two stories running at the same time. The team was split up and went to different places. In paradise island, Raven and Starfire are with their friends, but the boys go out on a search for the long-lost Doom Patrol team.
This is the issue that really brings Doom Patrol back into the public eye. It’s a good book to read after watching the two teams work together on DC Universe.
9. New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
All of Marv Wolfman and George Perez wrote Tales of the Teen Titans #42-44. This was the most popular Teen Titans storyline of all time, and it was in these pages. Judas Contract: One of their own turned against the team. Terra was a mole placed in the team by Deathstroke.
This was the story that broke up the team, especially Beast Boy, who was hurt the most by Terra’s betrayal.
10. New Teen Titans: Who Is Donna Troy?
History shows that Donna Troy, who was the first Wonder Girl, never gets a fair shake. During the Titans, they had Wonder Woman as a member of the team, but no one talks about her now. In the end, a new Wonder Girl even came along and took her place.
Teen Titans has had a lot of great stories, even though “Who is Donna Troy” isn’t one of them. The story was written by Marv Wolfman and George Perez for New Titans #50-54. It talks about Wonder Girl’s true background.