By Art Baltazar and Franco
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Softcover, 10x7, full color, $12.99
Reviewed by: Diamond BookShelf
The fifth collected volume of Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani's kid-friendly take on DC's Teen Titans, Tiny Titans: Field Trippin' continues to delight with silly jokes and wacky adventures.
The Tiny Titans are a club of elementary school aged superheroes, including Superboy, Supergirl, Robin, and Cyborg, among many others. From the tree house where they hold meetings to Sidekick Elementary School where they attend classes, their adventures combine everyday kid stuff with super-powered mayhem. Supergirl is stuck babysitting a bunch of out-of-control toddlers with supernatural abilities, the super-pets take over the Tiny Titans' Tree House, Kid Flash starts a craze for wild hairdos and the extended Superman family gathers at the Fortress of Solitude for a birthday party.
The brightly colored artwork is cute without being cutesy, and perfectly complements the silliness of the stories. Page layouts are kept simple and uncluttered, and are used to great effect to support visual gags, such as when Krypto the Super-Dog is thrown a stick and fetches an entire tree in an oversized final panel.
Jam-packed with short, self-contained stories, lots of jokes and a smattering of puzzles and games, this is a fun book for children and middle grade readers. While it contains many references to other DC comics, it is not necessary to have any familiarity with these characters or their universe in order to enjoy the stories. Since the stories are self-contained, readers can also jump in at any point in the series. This would be an excellent book for superhero fans to share with their children or younger siblings.