Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Teen Titans #26 Review and **SPOILERS**

Sonny Came Home

Writer - Adam Glass
Artist - Bernard Chang
Colors - Marcelo Maiolo
Letters - Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 23, 2019

Well, this here is one'a them "get a load of that cover" sort of books.  Just looking at it makes me feel like a kid again.  Even if I wasn't following this title, this is the kind of cover that might nudge me in the direction... of course, the cover also has that pesky "$3.99" on it, so I might just be talking out my backside.

Let's see what's goin' down in the cave!

Having been double-crossed by Jason Todd, Robin leads his Titans into the belly... er, cave of the beast... er, bat.  Now, I'd never proclaim to be anything less than dense, but I don't recall it being said outright that Red Hood double-crossed the team.  Perhaps it's the implication considering how things went down during the attempt on Gordon's life a few issues back, but that really wasn't my takeaway.  Ehh, I've been wrong before.  Maybe if it led to a sub-par offering I'd be perturbed... but I'm happy to report, this was yet another wonderful issue of Teen Titans.

As you might imagine from a visit from Damian to "dad's house", there is plenty of Bat-Family drama... which, I don't know about you, but I'm a complete sucker for.  There is a particularly strong scene here between Damian and Alfred, that more or less "makes" the issue.

Several of our subplots continue to bubble along, and are doing so at a very decent pace.  Robin's top-secret prison/dungeon is addressed... and we learn that the Boy Wonder isn't "in it" alone.  Theories are floated as to the possible identity of The Other.  Djinn takes a powder during a conspicuous moment... and later lies about it to Emiko.  All very interesting little bits.

The sole "weak part" of this issue (if I can even call it that), is the same as it ever was... Whiny Wally.  Dude really needs better definition than "passive-aggressive whiner" and better motivation than "doesn't trust Robin".  It feels like we're headed down the path of "Wally is proven right", and really... that ain't a story I'm looking forward to reading, it just sounds wildly unpleasant.  Hopefully, Mr. Glass can prove me wrong.

Bits and Pieces:

The streak of strong Teen Titans issues continues here!  The mystery regarding The Other continues to build, and several subplots bubble on forward.  Excellent book.


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