Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Teen Titans Academy #10 Review

Century-Old Teenagers Are Icky

Written By: Tim Sheridan
Art By: Mike Norton, Alex Sinclair, Jeremiah Skipper, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 28, 2021

School continues to be an emotional experience, especially when it's full of future superheroes and or villains, and one of them happens to be Red X. In our previous issue we saw Psimon, the telepathic terror of the Fearsome Five try and take some of the students of the Roy Harper Academy and get them to be his new Fearsome Five, but Red X wasn't having any of this and ended up killing the long time foe of our heroes and in the end, the son of Satan, Nevermore and the mysterious enigma Red X ported away, leaving our heroes dumbfounded at what went down. Let's jump into this issue and see if we get any more clues to who Red X is and maybe find out how Nevermore is destined to destroy the world. Let's check it out.

This is a weird issue of Teen Titans Academy that wants to feel like it has a message about what being a hero is and how you can always find a way to save the world without killing someone and this is a message I can totally get behind because it's how I think of my heroes working but the way that we're presented the info feels weird because on one hand, we have the backstory of Nevermore, the son of Satan... who like the creepy vampire from Twilight is apparently over a hundred years old, which doesn't feel like it adds up to what we've seen previously from him, especially since he seemed like he just found out what he was or how to use his powers during the Shazam! mini. 

While that aspect is weird and doesn't feel right, Stitch is all up in our main Titans faces about how they can't just kill a fourteen-year-old boy even if he's going to bring about the end of the world but since we've already found out that he's old as hell, this argument just doesn't add up even if I'm not about the idea of killing to solve a problem. So the main aspects of our story feel like they don't really do much but by the end, we know that the Apocalypse is nigh so that's a cool aspect, even if we continue this issue in everybody being tight-lipped about how they know who Red X is. Such a strange issue.

All in all, the art in this issue continues to be great under the helm of Mike Norton but the story just feels like it doesn't know what it wants to do, except keep a mystery going that with each issue feels like it loses any steam that it may have once had. Yeah, we're moving towards what we saw in Future State and while the Son of Satan is throughout this issue, the devil that I want to see is in the details and sadly that feels to be lacking here or just doesn't feel like it jibes up with what the book is trying to say. I really want to like this series but with the progression that we've got, it's really, really hard.

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Bits and Pieces:

It's time to learn about Nevermore, the Son of Satan but sadly the more we learn about the character, the more that things just don't feel like they add up to what we've seen previously and also just kind of make the character kind of icky. Thankfully though, the art in this issue is enjoyable and we're leading to something that at least feels cool, but as for this issue, it's a lot of standing around and talking and a lot of what we get is moral conundrums that aren't anything new. 



  1. What I don't get is how quick the Titans are to consider resorting to killing Dane that's so unlike them, especially Nightwing. I'm sorry he'd never go for that in a million years.