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    Reviews - DC Universe Presents - #12

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A waste of an issue! - james meeley
Rather than exploring other parts of this new DCU that aren't covered by other books, they decided to use this issue to insert a meaningless story, that takes place between Teen Titans issues, solely for the purpose to sell you on picking up the Teen Titans series. Sadly, it fails to do that or even entertain on its own. The story is not deveopled at all, you don't care about the characters, plus the fact they had to do a convoluted info dump on page 1 is a clue how awful this story would be. Fabian Nicieza dropped the ball here, or just really needed the paycheck. To call this phoned-in is an insult to Ma Bell. The art by Jorge Jimenez is that same bland modern-mangaesque wannbe-style, which I've been fed up with for over a decade. In short, this book is a waste of ink and paper. Don't waste your hard earned money on this drek! Maybe next issue will be better, as it's hard to imagine it could be worse than this one!

Not enjoying Teen Titans? Then avoid this book. - colten97
After a fascinating and inspired arc about Vandal Savage, DCU Presents #12 cheapens the very prospect of this series by turning it into an unnecessary tie-in to Teen Titans, a book so overwritten itself that you’ll be stunned to learn that it needed more words elsewhere to paint the whole picture. This issue opens with a straining exposition dump – really just a recap page in disguise – and then launches into a high-octane story about Kid Flash fighting dino-teens. The premise is fine and good; unfortunately the issue itself is a one-way ticket to “Check out Teen Titans #12”-ville, resolving nothing and leaving you empty.

I’m going to chalk this up to mandate; writer Fabian Nicieza handles Kid Flash just fine, writing him as a quippy ADD-plagued teen. The dino-teens offer nothing of substance, and are forgettable new characters that serve little more than as foils for Kid Flash to bounce jokes off of. Speaking of jokes, for every genuinely funny line there are three bad ones, but much like Spider-Man, it works to the credit of the character instead of coming off as bad writing. Sadly, that’s all this issue can really offer you in the end, because there’s nothing of substance, either in story or character.

At least Jorge Jimenez’s manga-influenced, kinectic style gives this book something noteworthy. While there are way too many blur effects employed throughout the issue, Jimenez’s work bounds with energy and expression, underlining the book’s chaotic pace with frantic layouts and very busy panels. His facial work – particularly in DAC, one of the dino-teens – is impressive. But ultimately, all of this zany imagery amounts to nothing, as we’re left closing the book with a whole lot of indifference.

Perhaps if this story was self-contained – like the DCU Presents stories should be – the effect of this book would be different. But as it is, the narrative is poorly structured and unfulfilling, despite the voice of the lead character being generally entertaining.

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