Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Teen Titans #39 Review

So Cool

Written By: Adam Glass, Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

The Djinn War begins now and it's about time because hopefully now that we've put The Other behind us we can see a Teen Titans team that not only enjoys each other's company, but one that actually works well together and I can't see any better motivation to get that than in saving Djinn from her Ring dimension prison.  Too bad they're going to have to go up against Djinn's brother Elias to do that and if what's been told to us about him previously is any indication, it seems like Elias is one bad dude.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

In this issue we don't have time to come up with a plan, discuss things or even see the aftermath of our heroes getting back from The Other's lair, no here we have our heroes already going after Elias in Qurac, where they have the Book of the Damned ready so that they can use a spell to turn this being, who is now being called a devil into their servitude, where they'll use him to get Djinn back.  No-fuss, no muss.  Too bad it all goes horribly wrong for our heroes and every possible thing that could go wrong does..... big time.

This is a weird issue that just wants to throw you face-first into the fight and as that's all going down they're trying to create a mythology to Djinn, Elias and a special cameo appearance of a character that has been missing for years now, who I can't wait to get to see more of....... The problem?  This mythology feels weird for everyone that's involved and feels a bit off-putting for everything that they're trying to establish when it comes to genie characters.  There's some fun to be had here, at least at first as our team seems to be working well together and I do get intrigued with where the next issue will take us, even if that aspect does come from that weird new mythology that feels off to me.

All in all, I enjoyed the art this issue, but I wish that some of the panels were bigger so that some of the fights that our heroes were going through would have come off a little clearer, but overall it was decent art throughout.  I just wish that I could get fully on board with the story because I really wanted to fully embrace whatever we were dealing with since we get an introduction to a character that I love, who has been missing from the DC Universe since the New 52 happened.  Beyond that though, there's enough to like here, but only one real moment that gets a wow, which is quickly taken away.  Hopefully, the following issue takes all these concepts that were presented here and expands on them to the point where everything works better together.

Bits and Pieces:

While we get a huge reintroduction to a character that's been missing for a long ass time here, the overall story left me wanting because some of the concepts presented in this issue didn't feel like they all meshed together well and some felt out of nowhere.  The art is decent throughout and I look forward to where we go in this story and liked a lot of what we got here, but ultimately, I just wanted more.


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