Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Teen Titans #24 Review and **SPOILERS**

Tight Times for the Titans

Writer: Adam Glass
Artist: Bernard Chang
Colorist: Marcelo Miaolo
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: November 21, 2018

Hmm... from that cover, it looks like our Titanic Teens might be... trapped!

Well, lucky for me... I'm kind of a sucker for that kind of story... though, it usually has to do with a stuck elevator and a pregnant woman.

These stories are usually claustrophobic not only physically... but emotionally as well, and lemme tell ya, I can't get enough of 'em!

We pick up directly following last issues explosive cliffhanger... and learn very quickly that this is going to be a rather claustrophobic outing... in more way than one.  The Titans are trapped in the wreckage of the 'sploded building... and it almost becomes like an impromptu Breakfast Club... only with masks and capes... and an impaled leg.

This is a time where the team is kind of a "captive audience" to one another.  There are a fair share of "hard feelings" expressed here... and seeds of distrust are sowed, as well.  As readers, we know there are reasons why the team might not be so quick to trust Robin (secret prison, donchaknow)... and so, when a fellow Titan starts sniffin' around, it feels as though we're headed toward a potential pay-off.

I promised myself I wouldn't compare this to what came before, but... I just can't help myself.  We went from a run where everyone's first instinct was based in distrust... and disloyalty.  The team roster may as well have been written in Jell-O.  Here... the chips are down... hell, a whole building is about to go down... and, while there is some questioning being done, there's no doubt that this group of kids... is a team.

Usually, I'd probably kvetch a bit about Wallace being such a whiner... and looking for any reason to question his teammates, however, with as strongly as this series has been written... these scenes feel earned.  I mean, c'mon... Wallace whining is kind of a character trait of his... and, given the situation the kids are in, it stands to reason he might come across a bit testier here.  At least he doesn't threaten to quit!

I always say, a true test for a writer is to put their characters in a position where they are forced to interact.  Whether that means they're stuck in an elevator... in a carpool... or under a crumbling building, it doesn't really matter.  It's in these forced moments that we get to see some genuine-feeling interactions.  This was all very well done.

Probably the best sort of "capper" for this team's initial arc.  It's not an "inventory story", but it is one that grants us the opportunity to take inventory of the team.  From here, it looks as though we might be headed into character-centric arcs... which, with the strong foundation Adam Glass has built, I'm really looking forward to.

Bits and Pieces:

I'm a sucker for "trapped" stories, and so, this issue definitely scratched me where I itch.  Characterization was solid... and seeds for future arcs have been expertly planted.


1 comment:

  1. I totally agree Chris. This is my Dc book of the week. I felt the urgency of the situation. Also the question I had of weather or not that the team had any idea of what Damian has been doing. Art was Solid. 9/10