Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Teen Titans #31 Review and **SPOILERS**

Sidney Poitier?

Written By: Adam Glass
Art By: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 19, 2019

Well, it feels like it's been a minute since I've done a review here.  I'd apologize... but I don't assume anyone noticed.

Anyhoo, today we're going to attempt to shake off the write-rust when we examine a long-awaited Father-Daughter Reunion!

Ever since the Titanic new regime came to power, there's been a certain story beat on everyone's minds... what's going to happen when Lobo meets Crush?!  Well, we're here today to answer that question.

The long (and short) of that answer is... they fight... a lot.  Honestly, outside of a brief flashback sequence that opens the issue (during which the Main Man is tipped off about his offspring by... The Other), this entire issue is an extended fight scene!  That's not a good or bad thing, it's just a thing that is.

The Teen Titans are completely wrecked by Lobo... which, seems about right.  Whether this is due to their inexperience, Lobo's just plain awesomeness... or perhaps some lingering schism-y feelings from the recent Terminus Agenda bubbling to the surface, the team gets their clocks-cleaned.

Generally speaking, if I'm going to plunk down three-hundred and ninety-nine pennies, I'm going to need more than 23... 22... er, 20... er, how many pages do these things have anymore?  Okay, never mind... what I'm trying to say is, I'm usually going to need more than just a fight scene.  This issue, however, kinda bucks that trend in that A) This fight was a long time coming, and 2) it was so well done.

Not only was the artwork fantastic, the way the battle was laid out allowed for each member of the team to get a fair amount of panel-time... and even, express a bit of their character as well as their relationships with one another.

We take the good, so we'll take the bad too.  While Lobo is pummeling their teammates, Wallace decides to call Robin out for the secret prison.  In fairness, he doesn't go as far as to threaten to quit the team (again)... but, c'mon... does this idiot have an "off" switch?  At this point, I just want him out of the book forever.

Bits and Pieces:

It's just a fight scene... and yet, it works. This confrontation was a long time coming, it shines more light on the "Secret Origin of Crush" while advancing the story of The Other.


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