Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Teen Titans Academy #6 Review

Well I'll Be A Monkey's Nephew

Written By: Tim Sheridan
Art By: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Ulises Arreola, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 31, 2021

Let's head back to school..... or more like summer vacation since this book's scheduling is completely messed up and our kids have four issues of actual school and get to summer when summer is about to be over...... We're heading to Teen Titans Academy where hopefully we'll be getting less Red X and more of the many new characters that we've only really seen in the background. Let's check this out and see if our kids learn to love, laugh, and another L word over their summer break.

For this issue of Teen Titans Academy we get a rag-tag group of kids thrown together from the Roy Harper Academy for Gifted Youngsters and its right away as our group consists of characters that wouldn't normally get together...... you know, since we've never seen it, where they separate from a larger group to go check out the vacation village of East Nyack, New York, where Summer Zahid used to spend her childhood. Now for our kids we get Stich, Chupacabra, Tress, Summer Zahid and..... Gorilla Gregg, who wouldn't you know it just starts opening up about his past and who his villainous uncle is when we discover that people in town aren't really acting like they're controlling their own functions.

That's right, while I do like to learn more about these kids and how they interact with one another, I would like done in a more natural way instead of having Gorilla Gregg talk about Gorilla Grodd being his uncle the same time that he just so happens to have taken over the favorite summer spot of Summer's. That bit aside though, you can totally have fun with these characters and the scooby-gang situations as long as you don't think too hard about them and hopefully, with the way that this issue ends, we'll have more fun with the rest of the kids who will hopefully show up to help save the day for the people of East Nyack, New York.

All in all, I really enjoyed the art in this issue and I had fun with the character interactions, even though they kind of felt out of nowhere since we've never seen a lot of these kids interact before and it also felt odd that the rest of the Bat-Pack would let Chupacabra go off on his own with people outside of their little family unit since it was established the past two issues that they're all that they have in the world, but even with the forced nature of this issue there's still fun to be had with these characters, I just wish it felt more thought out overall.

Bits and Pieces:

While you do get an extra dose of characters in this issue and their interactions with one another, the way that it was presented felt forced and out of nowhere from what we've seen so far and the overall story was even more so.  Thankfully, the art was great and the characters were fun because I want to like this series but it always feels like it wants to just be a book where we care about the characters without any of the work put in.


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