Reviewer: Andy Campbell
Story Title: Stark Contrast
Writer: Phil Jimenez
Pencils : JosÃƒÂ© Luis Garcia-Lopez
Inks: George PÃƒÂ©rez
Colors: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Jeanine Schaefer
Editors: Eddie Berganza & Joan Hilty
Publisher: DC Comics
Last month, when the first issue of The Return of Donna Troy came out, I picked it up partly out of curiosity, as I had never read Titans or Young Justice, and partly because it was supposed to be an important part of the build-up to Infinite Crisis. What I got was an issue that, quite simply, confused the hell out of me.
Now, I’m familiar with the Titans of Myth, who were a big part of the first issue. However, I’m familiar with them from Ã¢â‚¬â€ as their names suggest Ã¢â‚¬â€ mythology…not comics. How they related to Donna Troy was unclear to me, and I was really at a loss as to what was going on.
Fast forward to this month’s issue. I picked it up hoping to get some clarification, and hopefully some connection to the DC Universe that I’m familiar with. And you know what? That’s what I got. In this issue, the Teen Titans and Outsiders (both of whose titles I read) go to meet up with Donna Troy, whom they have just heard is not dead, as they all thought. Along the way, we are treated to some great character moments, as the uninformed and uninitiated (like me) are made to realize just why everybody seems to love Donna so much. I’ll be honest: I still don’t fully know what’s going on; but I’m much closer than I was after reading the first issue.
The art is great. Garcia-Lopez’s style is very, very similar to that of George PÃƒÂ©rez, who is on inking duties, and that is high praise indeed. The panels are action-packed, and dynamically arranged, and it makes for an excellent reading and viewing experience.