I admit, I pretty much missed out on the Marv Wolfman and George Perez New Teen Titans run the first time around; I was too young, too non-American (For some reason, I don’t think I ever saw an issue of NTT in a store until it had become Tales of The New Teen Titans and moved on to the Eduardo Barreto days), and too into reading Justice League of America, anyway. Surprisingly, there’s never really been an affordable series of collections of the run, either, so it’s taken me until now to read the Archives of the earliest issues and trades of later arcs, and… I just don’t get it.
That’s not to say I think it’s bad, because I don’t. But, reading things like The Terror of Trigon, I feel as if I’m missing something, and I’m not sure what. I don’t think this is just limited to me, or to New Teen Titans; I have a friend who didn’t read Walt Simonson’s run on Thor until earlier this year when the gigantic omnibus came out, and he didn’t see what all the fuss was about (Despite it clearly being the best Thor run since Lee and Kirby, I mean, come on). There are classic runs and era-defining comics that seem to be as much about the context they were created in as the comics themselves, and reading them later, without any sense of nostalgia… Well, it’s just not the same.
I’m curious; am I wrong about New Teen Titans? Should I go all in and get the omnibus and try for a full immersion to hopefully understand it once more? And also, what classics have you sampled and ended up shaking your head in confusion over what everyone else saw so clearly that you failed to…?