To friends and to friendship! Long may it last!
it was all so beautiful.
-Tales of the New Teen Titans #4
Why does DC hate beautiful and perfect friendships :(
You know what I love about this?
So often with team books like this, or any situation where the writer wants to create a strong relationship, you see these relationships more or less emerging out of nowhere. They’ve known each other for two issues, and all of a sudden you’ll get these really extreme statements, like “YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON WHO’S EVER BEEN THERE FOR ME” or “THIS TEAM IS THE ONLY FAMILY I’VE EVER HAD”, and it always rings pretty false, because we haven’t seen that relationship develop, and more often than not these extreme statements are just contradicting previous history.
What I love about this team is that it’s so sweet and touching, but it’s understated. It makes sense for where the team is at this point. Some of these teammates know each other from before, of course (Dick, Donna, Wally), but as a whole they’re still getting to know each other, like Dick says here. And there’s a bond that’s starting to form, but it’s not as strong as it’s going to be someday.
Eventually, you see the Titans get to the point where they refer to the team as their family, and at that point, it has weight - because we’ve truly seen them loving each other and supporting each other as a family. We’ve seen those relationships develop.
But here, we’re not at that point yet. Relationships don’t start with “You guys are like family to me”, out of nowhere. Relationships don’t start with “I love you”.
Relationships start with “I really like all of you so much. As friends.”