Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Teen Titans Academy #4 Review

The Bat-Pack Is On The Hunt!

Written By: Tim Sheridan
Art By: Steve Lieber, Dave Stewart, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 22, 2021

Let's get back to school as the Bat-Pack are on the hunt for the notorious Red X and who he might really be. Could Red X be a teacher, student, creepy Titans Tower janitor, it doesn't matter because some of the most interesting new additions to the DC Universe are being featured in this issue of Teen Titans Academy so let's jump into this issue and get a better look a Chupacabra, Bratgirl, and Mega-Bat. Let's check it out.

So the Bat-Pack our on the case of "Who Is Red X?" and it's in this issue that we see this trio of Gotham orphans, who idolize Batman are a detective group that uses their skills in observation, technical aptitude, and brute strength to make themselves the most formidable group in Titans Tower, not to mention the best suited to figure out this mystery. In this issue we have Chupacabra narrating the Bat-Pack's investigation in a humorous style that lets you know who he is, while Bratgirl constantly jumps in to correct his exaggerations, allowing us to see how the back and forth between these two characters works as well. It's just too bad that Mega-Bat is mute because besides a touching scene towards the end of the issue, it feels like he's mostly just background art to what Chupacabra and Bratgirl are doing.

Throughout this issue, it doesn't feel like we move any closer to discovering who Red X is but we do have our Bat-Pack interrogating people, which allows us to get a better understanding of the other students at Titans Academy, like what's going on with Billy Batson and a bit more detail into Stitch, while just also reminding us about who the different students are that you might have forgotten about. Ultimately though, it looks like our Bat-Pack's prey might have been the hunter all along as the trio are confronted by the mysterious Red X.

All in all, I thought that this issue mixed things up for me a bit because usually where I think that the biggest draw that this book has is in the art but this issue with the focus being on the Bat-Pack and having some fun throughout, while not completely focusing on Red X, but allowing that aspect to frame a way for us to understand the different students better worked for this issue in ways that feels superior to what we've gotten before........ I just wish that I enjoyed the art we got here because it seemed a step down from what we usually get. Hopefully, the series can focus more on the majority of its other characters instead of Red X because if this issue is any indication, that method seems to make this series better overall.

Bits and Pieces:

While I normally really enjoy the art in this series, the art takes a bit of a hit with our fill-in artist this issue while the story actually improves now that it focuses on the students involved in the title. Yeah, they're still hunting down Red X, who I'm completely over by now, but the way it's done allows us to see the students of Teen Titans Academy in a new, fun, and interesting way.


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