Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Teen Titans #41 Review

You've Always Had The Power

Written By: Adam Glass, Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 26, 2020

When last we saw our Teen Titans, they were teamed up with Jakeem Thunder, who's job it was to monitor the Titans' bodies as they died, pierced through Hell and made their way to Purgatory, which we found out is the realm of Djinn's ring, where she was previously trapped in.  Now though, we need her more than ever since her evil brother Elias has gained all the djinn rings and has stormed Heaven to start a war, which he hopes to become the supreme ruler of all things, not to mention get his revenge against God for forsaking him.  Let's jump into this issue and see what the Titans will do now that it appears they've been dead too long and Jakeem Thunder is in over his head since his Thunderbolt has been taken away from him.  Let's check it out.

For this finale to our Djinn War arc, we pretty much see every concept that was interesting and or cool just kind of thrown out, forgotten about or straight-up changed to get to our ending here and it's so disappointing for how different this Teen Titans series wanted to be than the ones that came before it because by the end we just wrap things up to get back to a more normal status quo.  Even though we ended the last issue with the Titans looking like they spent too much time in Purgatory, leaving their bodies to die and Jakeem Thunder worrying about what the hell he was going to do with a room full of dead superheroes he was supposed to be watching, this issue pretty much just says that everything we've ever learned about Djinn is nonsense and all it takes is Crush quoting Glinda the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz in saying that the power was always within Djinn and the ring she's been bound to this whole time actually means nothing and with that, any kind of stakes this issue had are gone because Djinn is just all-powerful.

Beyond that, there really could have been a cool discussion about how the Djinn of Earth, are related to the Genies of the 5th Dimension, like Jakeem's Thunderbolt, but we never learn anything about that either and even with the Titans going to Heaven to take the final battle to Elias, we really don't learn anything about anything and the whole concept and idea of taking this battle to a supernatural level just kind fizzles out to take us back to a status quo that takes care of Damian mind wiping criminals with only a mention about it to get it out of way so that we can move forward without it.  In the end, we have a member of the Titans leave the team and Jakeem's triumphant return to continuity meant nothing since he simply leaves and his presence here didn't really feel needed.

All in all, the art in this issue was great and sadly, is the best part of it.  Everything else though was quickly swept under the rug or simply changed to make this finale work in a quick way that left the whole Djinn War arc feeling like something that wasn't really thought out and never really got past a concept phase.  Yeah, the idea was cool, but we didn't really do anything with it and most aspects of this story ended in a way that felt like a missed opportunity to elevate not only certain characters but the Titans' book as a whole.

Bits and Pieces:

While I was initially really excited about this arc because of not only reintroducing Jakeem Thunder to the Universe but how it was going to explain more about Djinn and her reasons behind joining the Titans in the first place, we end this story with a complete whimper, where nothing is really explained or really talked about.  All the interesting aspects are pushed aside just to get to an ending and by the end the only really great parts of this issue come from the art.


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