Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Teen Titans #27 Review and **SPOILERS**

Pair up and Square Up

Writer: Adam Glass
Pencils: Bernard Chang
Inks: Cam Smith
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale Date: February 20, 2019

If you'd have told me a year ago that seeing an issue of Teen Titans on the horizon would make me smile... I'd have said "Huh, they probably put a new writer on it!".  I kid, I kid... okay, not really,

Coming off the heels of the recent Teen Titans Annual, we've got ourselves a fairly troubled and highly guarded bunch of teen-age heroes.  Let's play this out...

If issues of a team book, where the various members pair off and share some of the more private aspects of their lives with each other doesn't sound like a good idea... well, you probably won't like this issue very much.  For the rest of us, however, this was another smash-hit outing!

If the cover didn't give it away, our little group here has some emotional baggage.  Things they're not comfortable sharing.  What we have here are three vignettes running concurrently wherein the Titans lower their guards a little bit, and let one of their teammates "in".  There also might be a dead pigeon involved... but, I wouldn't swear to it.

So much goes on this issue, and we learn so much about several of our characters that it's difficult to single out one as a "high point".  I think the intended "high point" is finally learning the complete origin of Djinn.  Who she was, where she came from... and most importantly, what she did.  It's all here folks, and it didn't let me down.

In sharing her tale of woe, our boy Damien lets his own guard down... even going so far as to unmask and introduce himself with his civvie name.  Ya see at the end of the day, Damien and Djinn might not be so different.  They both have things in their past they'd like to atone for... only, one of them (Damien) had a choice in the matter.  Their "moment" is interrupted by the arrival of our next story arc...  but, I think it's better that way.  Putting a "pin" in this scene will only make it more meaningful when it actually happens.

The art here feels a little bit off, almost as though it were inked from roughs.  There's some very bold and deliberate line-work this time out, which just doesn't look as great as usual.  Not bad by any stretch, just different... a little bit "off".

Bits and Pieces:

Several wonderful little character studies... which facilitate a potential splintering of stories moving forward.  If you're not reading this, you should be.  This book is worth your time.


1 comment:

  1. Best thing going at DC right now. What was the last run at DC as consistently great as Adam Glass's Teen Titans?