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Tales of the Titans #1 (of 4)

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Universal acclaim

Based on 11 critic ratings.

The Titans have stepped up to become the DCU’s premier superhero team, and all eyes are on them! Who are Starfire, Raven, Donna Troy, and Beast Boy? Where do they come from, and what do they stand for? All will be revealed in Tales of the Titans, an all-new series of spotlight issues in the spirit of the beloved 1980s classic Tales of the New Teen Titans! First up is alien princess and warrior Starfire, whose huge heart, huger hair, and fiery fists have made her a fan-favorite member of the team! When a spaceship bearing Tamaranean markings crash-lands on Earth, Starfire goes on a solo mission to uncover its origins. But what awaits her on that journey will bring her back to the earliest days of her youth, to memories of two sisters eternally at war…and perhaps the chance to keep history from repeating itself.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
34 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Starfire takes the first spotlight in the return of the classic feeling ‘Tales Of The Titans’ series, giving us a deep bold look at the character and where she fits the current version of their team. Everything about this series feels like being wrapped in a warm, comforting, but also powerful blanket. As the kids today say, the creative team very much understood the assignment.

  • 98

    Comic Watch

    DC’s set up these series of one-shots to give an inner look at DC’s biggest team, and it’s a breath of fresh air to see them in situations where they can be who they always were, prior to the decades of trauma that’s been inflicted upon them. Shannon and Dean Hale get Kory, get who she is, and have an interesting backstory for her. Add in the beauty that is Javier Rodriguez’s art, and you have a killer combination.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This is a small issue, but something I really liked here was the positive relationship it gave Kory and Barbara in some small scenes. This first issue makes me think this mini will be a must-read for any Titans fan.

  • 90


    If you’re looking for a good character study, Tales of the Titans #1 is a good adventure that empowers its main character while also not forgetting where she fits in the team. With great lettering and art that pops, Tales of the Titans will reinvigorate your love of these characters.

  • 90

    Tales of the Titans opens with a debut issue featuring Starfire, and it’s an absolute hoot. Reading like a Saturday morning cartoon, the script from Shannon and Dean Hale is both light and personal, allowing readers to examine Kory’s persona under a microscope. With Javier Rodriguez’s art to boot, it’s hard to go wrong with this stellar funny book.

  • 85

    Comic Book Revolution

    Tales of the Titans #1 accomplishes everything you can ask for from a spotlight of Starfire. Shannon and Dean Hale and Javier Rodriguez maximize the time given to tell a wonderful story that highlights what makes Starfire a great character. Both as a Titan and solo hero there is a lot of great moments throughout this one-shot. An excellent way to kick off the Tales of the Titans series.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Tales of the Titans #1 was a great start to this 4 part mini series, showing the individual adventures of the team. I can’t wait for issue 2. Raven’s past returns to haunt her? That’s hardly new, but is always great.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    The Hales do little to advance the personal growth of Starfire. However, the one-shot in question does continue to explore the general appeal of a character that has never really been given the right venue for her distinct power and personality. The story present in the first issue of this new series is fun, but it’s too much of an echo of what’s come before it to make much of an impact in and of itself. The concerns of Starfire’s family are entertaining enough, but they’ve been solidly explored before.

  • 80

    Graham Crackers Comics

    Writers Sharon Hale and Dean Hall have managed to wonderfully blend many different versions of the Teen Titans in this revamped mini-series from the 1984 continuation of the New Teen Titans title. With every turn of the page, I saw aspects from the late great George Perez versions of the characters to the Cartoon Network Teen Titans cartoons. By using an interesting idea of having Starfire return to her people to help in an emergency they have a reason to flashback to Starfire’s history and her place in the newest incarnation of the group. While I am intrigued by the proper legacy flow of the Titans taking over for the JLA, I don’t seem to over existed by the concept all that much. But this one-shot look at Starfire did make the idea a little more palatable.

  • 65

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Tales of the Titans #1 takes a nice, safe look at Starfire as she wrestles with being “too emotional” for her friends and people. The adventure and its lessons about being in touch with your feelings are best suited for young readers, and the drama-less art keeps the action and seriousness to a minimum.

  • 60

    Lyles Movie Files

    This book is probably going to be best enjoyed by very casual Titans fans who don’t know the rich backstory of the team or who have been keeping up with the team in this new Dawn of DC era.

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