Art By: Kenneth Rocafort, Dan Brown
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 18, 2015
Time Most Certainly Is Not On Their Side
After Cassie flies in and grabs one of the terrorists for interrogation, we find out that the group are stealing a device to erase Manhattan from the face of the Earth and we also find out that's not all they're stealing. When Manchester Black says that it would take weeks to plan this attack, our terrorist disappears......... You see they also stole a time stopping device that I don't quite understand, which they activated and apparently our heroes have spent weeks stopped in time and their terrorist captive has escaped. Some Weird Ass Science going on in this issue that's for sure. Don't worry though, the team isn't completely useless when it comes to this time stopper device. Using extreme concentration Raven is able to stave off the time attack and for some reason Beast Boy turning himself into a mayfly allows him to be unfettered from the time trouble.................because of it's short life span and how it realizes time or some such nonsense.
In the end, Raven and Beast Boy find the terrorists and beat the hell out of them before they finish them off by teleporting the rest of the team there and stopping them from activating the eraser device and saving Manhattan. The team gets further accolades when they realize that the terrorist's hologram device that they used to threaten all of New York with is turned on and now everyone sees that the Teen Titans are the reason that they're still continuing to be *Insert Negative New Yorker Stereotype Here*. So all's well that ends well but it doesn't look like our heroes will get off that easy. As the issue closes we see the paddy wagon taking those eraser happy scientists/terrorists away but the leader of the group breaks free and it's possible he's a terminator of some sort because he walks away from the overturned police van with half of his face on fire and he seems pretty cool with it......... Lousy Terminators with their metallic endoskeletons covered by living tissue.
That's it for this issue of Teen Titans and while I love our young heroes out there tackling evil like they do, this whole pseudo celebrity thing that DC's been pushing with their heroes lately really isn't something that I can get behind. I understand that superheroes are bound to gain some notoriety but it seems to be the whole focus lately......... Did everyone go to Booster Gold's superhero school in the New 52? Also, I'm all for heroes overcoming situations but when we're told to believe that a mayfly is able to continue to move while time is stopped because it happens to have a short life span....... Why I say no sir, just no. This is probably all sorts of nitpicky bullshit but it really rubbed me the wrong way and Teen Titans just isn't the title that I want it to be. I'm not a fan of the art and the stories are really lacking in my opinion and it makes me long for the days of the first Teen Titans series in the New 52 that everyone complained about.
Bits and Pieces:
Teen Titans continues to be a title that just doesn't live up to my expectations as a fan of these characters. It's continually trying to make our heroes crave the limelight like Batgirl and this whole pseudo celebrity take that our heroes have been leaning towards just makes me less and less interested as the series progresses. While the Teen Titans series that came before this was riddled with problems, I find myself wishing we were back with that.