Return of Donna Troy #3 Review

Reviewer: Andy Campbell
Story Title: Knights of the Sun and Moon

Writer: Phil Jimenez
Pencils : José Luis Garcia-Lopez
Inks: George Pérez
Colors: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Jeanine Schaefer
Editors: Eddie Berganza & Joan Hilty
Publisher: DC Comics

For those who didn’t read my review of issue #2, I’ll summarize my thoughts on what has come before in this series. 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 Teen 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. For issue #2, 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. The Teen Titans and the Outsiders showed up, and things started to click for me.

This month’s installment was even better. Donna is under the control of the Titans of Myth, and she goes ballistic on the Teen Titans and Outsiders, culminating in a vicious battle with first Starfire, then Wonder Girl. The Wonder Girl battle was especially good, because amongst all the ass-kicking was some deep emotion, as Cassie told Donna how much she looked up to her and was proud to take her mantle. Great stuff.

Perhaps another thing that helped was that I just recently bought the New Teen Titans Archives, where the Titans of Myth made their first appearance in the DCU. That cleared up a lot of confusion on my part. It also made me realize what a throwback this Donna Troy series is. One issue of New Teen Titans takes me a least twice as long to read as any modern comic. That’s not because I’m confused and have to re-read stuff. It’s because it’s just absolutely jam-packed with stuff! This Donna Troy series is kind of like that, especially with the art. I said in my last review that Garcia-Lopez’s art is very similar to Pérez’s (who is the inker), and that’s high praise indeed. This book is action-packed, and the two-page spread on pages 2 and 3 is a perfect example. Check it out to see what I mean.