Editor’s note: This review was originally published on Feb. 9, 2009.
THE NEW TEEN TITANS #38
(Cover by George Pérez)
Published and © by DC, Jan. 1984
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“Who Is Donna Troy?”
Synopsis: In preparation for her wedding, Robin attempts to help Donna (Wonder Girl) Troy learn who she really is.
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciler: George Pérez
Inker: Romeo Tanghal
Review: Much like the Claremont/Byrne team did on X-Men, Marv Wolfman and George Pérez made their bones on The New Teen Titans by developing a roster of characters readers could really care about. With “Who Is Donna Troy?,” the Titans creative team take it to another level. Wolfman’s script is tight and emotionly charged, and Pérez’s visual pacing of the story is near perfect. The story not only fleshes out Wonder Girl’s origin, but also marks another step in Robin’s journey to adulthood — and out from under the Batman’s shadow. It’s powerful material that holds up well. A classic.
Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
Cool factor: The cinematic approach of the opening and closing sequences is particularly striking.
Not-so-cool factor: Later efforts to revisit this story really muck up the Donna Troy character.
Character quotable: “It may be a little late, Donna — but welcome home.” — Hank Evans, one understanding dude
Collected in: The New Teen Titans: Who Is Donna Troy? TPB [Buy from Mile High]