Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Teen Titans #29 Review and **SPOILERS**

Secrets, Secrets, Are No Fun...

Writer: Adam Glass 
Penciller: Bernard Chang
Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo
Letter: Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 17, 2019

If you're following along, you might remember that I came in pretty high on this book last month.  Considered it a very strong opening chapter to this Terminus Agenda crossover.

In the time between then and now, however, I've decided to do something pretty unorthodox (when it comes to crossovers, anyway).  I did not read Deathstroke #42.

I figure we're writing reviews for the common folk... folks who, like me, might not wanna be pressured into buying another title to follow their story.  That being said, let's see how much DC gives us Titans-only readers, shall we?

This issue opens with a flashback... dropping us right where we left off last issue!  Wallace has discovered that Robin's been holding criminals in his own private jail... and he wants some answers.  In skipping the Deathstroke chapter, I knew I was risking missing out on this scene.  I gotta hand it to Glass, letting this Titans-centric story beat actually play out in the Teen Titans title!

What it all amounts to... is a bit nebulous, and that's probably for the best.  Not only are uncertainty and doubt the most realistic reactions for a teen-ager to have when their faced with less-than-black or white morality choices, but it facilitates several potentially interesting discussions and story threads going forward.

Speaking of story threads going forward... over the past several months a bizarre love triangle has been brewing, and it's with this issue that it gets turned up a notch.  At Roundhouse's prompting, Crush decides to let her feelings for Djinn be known.  Of course, Roundhouse initially thought Crush had the hots for Robin, but that's neither here nor there.  Cute scene.  With Emiko potentially harboring feelings for Damian, we might be getting into love-rhombus territory!

Deathstroke himself is kind of background noise for much of the issue.  Basically just screwing with the Titans... ensuring that they know he can leave any time he damn well pleases.  Helpful Editor Notes inform us that he actually did escape (for a moment) during the second-chapter of the arc.  So maybe that's all I missed in skipping it?  I don't even feel bad about it now!

For the ending... well, all I'll say here is it's a heck of a cliffhanger... and, without spoiling too much, it's the one we've all been waiting for since this new direction for the Teen Titans began.  Very well done, and makes me excited for what's to come.

Bits and Pieces:

Another strong chapter for the Terminus Agenda, that folks who didn't bother to pick up the latest ish of Deathstroke can still follow along with and enjoy!


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