Saturday, May 23, 2020

Teen Titans #40 Review


Written By: Adam Glass, Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 18, 2020

The Djinn War continues and while Elias storms the gates of heaven, the Teen Titans plan on taking a trip to hell to access a backdoor to purgatory to find their teammate Djinn.  As far as plans go, this certainly does seem like the easiest one, but who said fighting a battle against a fallen angel would be easy?  Let's jump into this issue and see if our team's plan goes the way they want it to and with that, maybe find out something about Damian Wayne and where he went after he died originally.  Let's check it out.

Now if you've seen the movie Flatliners...... I'm looking at all ten of you out there and I'm not counting the remake, which for some reason I think even fewer people saw, you know what we're dealing with here.  Essentially, with the Book of the Damned, Damian Wayne plans on killing his teammates and him and storming the gates of hell in order to get back Djinn.  With that, our team is going to have to come face to face with their deepest and darkest fears once they're there and possibly have to think to themselves whether or not they actually have what it takes to be a hero or if they're damned from the get-go and nothing that they've done or will do matters in saving themselves.

This is an interesting issue that does a lot for our Titans team and shows us a good look at what they all fear.  Yeah, some of these for the most part, especially if you've read a lot of the individual characters throughout the years will come as no surprise, but that doesn't mean there won't be some "gasp" moments along the way that will make this issue something a bit more special than what we've been dealing with lately.  This issue really gets me interested in what we have coming in the Djinn War because not only does it show our team willing to put their personal issues aside for the sake of their team member in need, but it puts these kids in a situation that is way out of most of their paygrades and will hoist them up to a higher hero status in my mind.  Once you go to hell and back, you're no longer a wanna-be.  

All in all, I really enjoyed the art in this book, especially for the individual fears that our heroes had to face on their own and the diversity in what that entails, but mostly, this is just a cool story that puts our heroes in a spot they've never been before (for the most part) and reveals something to us about Damian Wayne that is huge in my mind and will possibly change the way we see the newest Robin from here on out.  This is a really cool story that ends on a big cliffhanger that leaves me hyped for what's to come and I can't wait to find out what happens next.

Bits and Pieces:

The scope of our story has grown exponentially and our heroes find themselves in way over their heads as they head off on a quest to save Djinn and possibly heaven at the same time.  The art in this issue is great, the individual character moments are interesting, even if they're kind of rehashing things we've already known about the characters, but all in all, I can't wait to see what happens next.


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