Art by: Felipe Watanabe, Trevor Scott and Dan Brown
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 22, 2015
I really want to like this book. I love the team, but the story has been the problem. Actually, I can't say that since that would suggest that there is a story here. Will Pfeifer has set up the foundation of a cool 80's teen drama with the Titans versus the Elite, but so far it's been unrealized potential. Last issue ended with Wonder Girl and the rest of the Elite showing up at the Titan hideout, looking for both Superboy and a brawl. It really setup what could be a cool scene if not issue this month. Was this issue the first step to turning this book around and making me a happy reviewer? Let's find out...
The issue begins with both sides in Gar's father's apartment. having a little showdown. Wonder Girl demands they hand over Superboy, but Bart has other things on his mind. He wants to yell at Red Robin about leaving Solstice in the awful future, but Robin's response is a flash bang grenade. Beastboy ends the situation by turning into a Hippo and sitting on Kid Flash.
This was not a good start and had me scratching my head instead of smiling. Bart's return from the future is at least addressed, but nothing comes from it. Also, the running joke of Beast boy upset about the apartment getting wrecked fell flat.
We then get around to what last month's cliffhanger promised...Superboy and the Elite kicking the crap out of each other. Again, I wish I could say it was better than it was, but it was just a series of quick brawls that left me feeling all empty inside. I don't know what Pfeifer is going for because he makes everyone so vanilla in this book. I know we are supposed to be rooting for the Titans, but the Elite aren't bad enough to hate and the Titans aren't good enough to love. I just kind of watched the battles unfold with indifference. It gets worse when Superboy almost kills Wonder Girl and I suddenly agreed with the Elite...Superboy needs to be taken down.
While this is going on, the major plot point of the issue happens. Red Robin gets Raven to teleport them both to Manchester Black. Black greets them with closed fists and starts beating the crap out of Robin until Raven probes his mind. They find out where they have to go to save Superboy, but it just posed more questions rather than answering them.
Being confused after reading an issue is one thing, but add bored to the mix and that is not a winning recipe. As of now, I really don't like any character in this book and I would not be upset if they all just beat each other senseless. It's a shame because like I said in my introduction, I really want to like this book, but as it stands, I hate it. The Teen Titans should be fun, right?
I liked Felipe Watanabe's art in this issue. I am a big fan of usual artist, Kenneth Rocafort, but Watanabe has a nice clean style that may even be better suited for this book. The art was the only redeeming quality of this issue.
Bits and Pieces:
I wish I could find something nice to say about this issue besides the art. Unfortunately, I can't. The pacing is off, the fight scenes are boring and it ends up being a confusing mess. Something needs to be done quick because Teen Titan fans deserve better.