“Ohmygosh!” said my youngest as she sat opposite from me at our kitchen table. “I would give this like nineteen out of twenty stars!” The last star eludes this book mainly because “We didn’t learn about the dog.” She is referring to Hot Dog, of course, who is prominently displayed on the cover, but fails to make an appearance in the issue proper.
Otherwise, this collaboration between DC and Archie Publishing is filled with cuteness, chuckle-worthy scenes, and light-hearted fun. This, like most of the books associated with Art and Franco, is a fun-filled, upbeat issue that exceeds all expectations. I’ll admit it, when I first saw this book advertised, I didn’t think twice about it, regardless of the fact that my girls all have a few issues of various and sundry Archie comics. Then the youngest saw the ad. “Those Archie books I read, they’re going to meet the Tiny Titans.” So I had to get it.
I read the issue while I was home alone and I was tickled by the ways Baltazar and Aureliani tie the two worlds of Riverdale and Sidekick City together. The appearance of Ms. Grundy’s husband, “Steve,” nearly caused me to bust a gut, triggered by his appearance, but elevated by the final gesture before he leaves.
The youngest found humor in the initial gag of the book: the inevitable clothes mix-up. This event triggers the crossover between Archie’s gang and the Titans team. From there, the characters just seem to bounce from idea seedlings dropped on the page by Aureliani and Baltazar. Some of the ideas are more complete than others, but the overall story has the kinetic energy of stream of consciousness thought set loose in a crayon factory.
As all ages books go, “Tiny Titans” has been incomparable with its ability to play to the older and younger readers without pandering to either audience. The exuberance of the creators translates magnificently to the page, and this book is a natural extension of that. “Tiny Titans/Little Archie” makes for a nice comic book sorbet to cleanse your reading palette between issues filled with edginess and explosions. Either that or it could work as a nice bit of bonding between you and that special younger reader in your life.