After shrinking to the size of an atom, the Titan’s need to find a way to get back to normal.
With 24 issues under his belt, Art Baltazar continues to cater to both adults and children in this Eisner Award winning series. For instance, the writer cleverly assembles team Nucleus, (a group comprised of several heroes that have adopted the Atom codename) in order to save the Titans. Familiar members in Nucleus include Ryan Choi (Atom from Hong Kong), Adam Cray (Atom featured in Suicide Squad), and Ray Palmer (Silver Age Atom). As well, Molecule (from the series 52) and Ant (a character I never heard of) are part of the group too.
A silly moment occurs after Starfire realizes she has shrunk to Bumblebee’s size. Bumblebee agrees with her teammate and makes mention of how they now share the same dress size, since they’re instantaneously wearing each other’s costume.
Franco’s art remains consistent with his chibi-like illustrations that fans are accustomed too. The bright pallet of colors and simplistic visuals provide a childlike atmosphere for the reader. Not to mention, Bumblebee’s appearance of her Mickey Mouse styled afro-puffs are cute. Similar to Baltazar’s approach of balancing humor for kids and grownups, Franco uses his unsophisticated visuals to poke fun at hardened DC criminals. For example, page three depicts Batman observing a few villains on his computer monitor. The scoundrel Hush appears on-screen, while covered in his trademarked bandages. Although children are not likely to understand this reference, its refreshing to see that Franco squeezed it in.
While there are not any flaws in this comic, I don’t believe its humorous enough to receive a five rating. Perhaps Art Baltazar could revert to his short story method, instead of this direct storytelling approach. Shorts generally present more opportunities for brilliant gags and off-the-wall antics, since they do not have to follow a particular narrative.
All in all, the cast of Tiny Titans offers the reader another sound issue filled with comedy and drama. Older fans should give this series a look and see what they’re missing.
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