Written by: Scott Lobdell and Will Pfeifer
Art by: Ian Churchill, Norm Rapmund and Tony Avina
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 21, 2015
There was quite a delay between issues of Teen Titans, a fact that hits you in the face when you see it has a Green Lantern variant cover...that's actually pretty funny. The next thing that readers probably will notice is that Scott Lobdell is co-writer of the issue. Having started reviewing this book during Will Pfeifer's current run, I have to cede to my site and podcast partner Eric (you know,
The issue begins with Superboy yelling to get his life back and Bang! Zoom! Him, Red Robin, Kid Flash and Wonder Girl are...somewhere. Before too much finger pointing can happen, Tim steps up and tells them they have to work together to figure things out.
They quickly realize that they have no powers...except maybe the powers of exposition and flashbacks. Just kidding, but before you know it, Superboy is telling the other three what actually happened with the Durlans he supposedly murdered. I guess we can take the "supposedly" off the board, because he did it. Sure, they shit down his mind, leaving only the living weapon, but the living weapon killed them all.
Kon's confession triggers a "This is Your Horrible Life" segment for each of the remaining characters. Bart's a future terrorist, Cassie claimed the Silent Armor to fight off Trigon and Tim had stalked the Titans before recruiting them. Of all those, it seems that Tim is looked at as the biggest dick.
I know that New 52 Teen Titans fans will know all of this (and have much more questions regarding all of it), but I liked it. Liked it because it gave me a refresher course on these characters, but also showed me that Scott Lobdell has arrived to save the day. If this isn't a soft reboot then Bob's Your Uncle. By the way, if you do have an Uncle named Bob, just shut your mouth right now.
The issue continues with a little more "kind of going against past continuity" stuff when Harvest shows up. He isn't dead and now we are told he tried to raise Kon as his son after losing his own family. He has come for Kon and even thought the rest want to protect and save him, Kon has other plans. He says his goodbyes and even as Tim tries the "attack you because I love you" technique he may or may not have learned from Batman, Kon flies off to join Harvest.
Then Harvest drops the bombshell that the Titans came together by destiny...the destiny to join his army. He then leaves the three obviously doubting themselves and each other.
Boy, this is a tough issue to slap a score on. On one hand, this issue pretty much seems to end (destroy?) everything that Pfeifer has been working on since jumping on this book. On the other hand, this issue pretty much seems to end (destroy?) everything...you get my point. Eric and myself have a rule that our scores go just as much with gut feelings than technical aspects and my gut feeling is that I liked this issue. Should everyone run out and buy it? Probably not, but it should give fans hope that we may get a better book in the near future.
I loved Ian Churchill's art and want to see what he can do with this team when they really cut loose. The book has a cartoony look that fits the characters so well. I especially loved his version of Kon here, but the gruesome looking Harvest was a close second.
Bits and Pieces:
This issue is a good jumping on point...maybe. It really feels like a soft reboot, so if you get this issue, you just may be getting in on the ground floor of the new direction of the Teen Titans...or maybe not. I'm really not sure just yet. While this issue will undoubtedly piss people off who followed Will Pfeifer's run (as well as those who didn't like Lobdell's earlier one), I liked it for the art and the promise of something kind of new. Maybe not better, but kind of new. Considering how much I haven't liked this book, I'll take it.