Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Future State: Teen Titans #2 Review

Dial "H" For Horsemen

Written By: Tim Sheridan
Art By: Rafa Sandoval, Julio Ferreira, Alejandro Sanchez, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 9, 2021

It's time to go back to the year 2027 and see how the Teen Titans are faring against the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and hopefully, in this issue, we'll learn a few things along the way.... like who is Red X, why Dick Grayson is acting super sketchy and maybe, just maybe, what brought the Horsemen on in the first place. Let's jump into this issue and see if things have picked up from the previous one. Let's check it out.

In this issue, we learn that the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse were released during a Halloween game at Titans Tower, where a few of the kids decided to retool the H-Dial into a sort of Ouija board, and like most Ouija board stories you hear about.... it didn't turn out okay for them...... if you need more background go read Future State: The Flash issues #1 and #2. With that, we move into our main story with our Titans trying to clean up their mess, where they've come up with a plan to contain the Horsemen and hopefully bring some peace to the world that's been decimated by their mistake.

Yeah, that's all well and good but with the cliffhanger showing Nightwing putting on a Deathstroke mask and releasing Red X from the cell that the Titans were holding him in..... There isn't much to explain that moment. It just kind of happens and we move on with the idea that Red X has been wanting to stop the threat that has come to Earth but initially went about it the wrong way and got locked up for his troubles..... We still don't have an identity on him and Nightwing putting on that mask just kind of comes off as stupid. Ultimately we see our heroes come together in Detroit to take on their threat, where we lose heroes but see how the Titans will secure their foes and then see the story move into Future State: Shazam for its conclusion.  

While I continued to enjoy the art in this two-part series, the story while it did pick up more than the previous issue was still told in a way that leaves confusion or just wants to go out of its way to be mysterious. While some like a little bit of mystery sprinkled into their stories, the way that it's done here comes off less as something to enhance what's going on and more like there were no real reasons behind things and it all stemmed from a place of not knowing what's going on or who these characters really are and that's a disappointment. I'm happy that we have verification that we'll continue this story into the Future State: Shazam book, but this story is a prequel and a sequel to what goes on in Future State: The Flash and doesn't offer up enough to make you truly understand the story and since we're pretty much at the end of part two of three, you'd think that we'd have a pretty solid grip on what's going on.

Bits and Pieces:

While we do get an origin from where the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse came from this issue, the battle against does little else than setup our status quo for Future State: Shazam! and leaves a lot of the mysteries and questions about what's going on with the Teen Titans dangling, which results in a pretty underwhelming story.  


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