Victorian Squid wrote:I don't think I was in for that.
Tiny Titans has a lot more DC in-jokes referencing the past couple decades of comics than any kid will ever catch, where last week's all-ages book seemed dumbed down too much, this week's all-ages book is really a comic for old men disguised as a kid's book. Although there is a level of humor in the book younger readers would relate to, it's about on par with your average Bazooka Joe offering. How many younger readers will recognize the various iterations of the Brainiac character over the years, or the Superman II references? Hell, not knowing who or what the heck Match was almost made the first story impenetrable to me as well.
It's definitely a book for a long-time DC fan to enjoy, and just maybe one his or her kids might like too. I would be surprised, though, if there weren't a lot more old men reading this than new readers. It's a bit bizarre that your typical mainstream Marvel or DC comic book seems to be what many kids are reading, while a book like Tiny Titans seems skewed toward an older market. I think DC and Baltazar have pitched this book to the "Dad & kid" market, something to have a multi-generational appeal but still make it on many adults' pull lists. I just don't think it succeeds on more than one level the way, say, an old Warner Bros cartoon or Roald Dahl story does or even some of the early comic strips. I don't think it would take long for a child of any age to outgrow this book, unless they are at least in their thirties.
Match is like Bizarroboy.
Working in a shop, kids love this book. Seriously, they eat it up. When the book debuted, I would agree with you, old men were reading it and that had a lot to do with its initial success. Overtime, the old men, including myself dropped it. It is very kiddy and reads like a bazooka joe, for sure, but in small doses that is okay. At the end of the day it is the DC equivalent of one of them kid's menus at IHOP or Shoneys. It is kind of geared at getting parents who are involved with their kids to enjoy it when they are reading it with them. As such, it has a limited marketable audience - it is geared at the same age that enjoys Yo Gabba Gabba and the ilk.