Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Teen Titans Academy #11 Review

Teen Titans Academy #11 Review

Fight The Future

Teen Titans Academy #11 Review
Written By: Tim Sheridan
Art By: Rafa Sandoval, Jordie Tarragona, Brent Peeples, Alex Sinclair, Jeremiah Skipper, Matt Herms, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 25, 2022

Let's head back to school to see if the Titans, the Teen Titans, and a whole academy of the next generation of heroes can take on Red X and the son of Satan, Nevermore. Previously, we saw Red X go all crazy and kill Psimon, who was trying to recruit some kids to be his new Fearsome Five and that was the less important part because, on top of that, Raven's visions of the coming doom started coming true as Dane, The Nevermore started the process of ending the world. Let's jump into this issue and see if the world can survive another day and if we can avert what we saw in Future State. Let's check it out.

For this issue of Teen Titans Academy, Tim Sheridan is throwing everything that we've dealt with against the wall, and for better or worse, it feels like we're finally getting somewhere, even if the mystery of who Red X continues to loom in the background....... even though everyone but the reader seems to know who he is. The biggest problem with this everything and the kitchen sink approach to this issue is that things come fast and for the most part just kind of happen to happen whether they make sense or not. What we saw from Future State seems to be averted this issue but the way that we get here and the idea that Tim Sheridan still doesn't understand that DC One Million isn't actually a million years in the future just kind of comes off as a generic resolution to everything that has been built up.

Teen Titans Academy #11 Review

The Red X element of this story feels like it's long past run its course and everything new about this character seems to convolute what and who he is, not to mention that it's happening with Shazam every time the character is brought up in this book and his four-part mini. This should be a great book because it has some of the best characters that DC Comics has to offer but everything just comes off as a mess overall and makes the Titans that most of us are here for look pretty inept in everything they do, which is funny because even though they've actually done nothing this entire series we have to have Shazam tell them how great they are at what they've been doing in this series and it almost feels like something to reassure the writer more than make this comic feel worthwhile.

Teen Titans Academy #11 Review

All in all, the art in this issue was decent all around and is the best part about this series, even when we have different artists. As for the story..... Yeah, you can be happy in the fact that it appears like Future State was averted for the Teen Titans and changed for Shazam, but we've seriously lost anything that I was interested in with this book to do it. Billy Batson seems to be taken off the table now completely, the rest of the Shazam Family appear out of nowhere here, even though the New 52 additions have never been mentioned and Freddy Freeman seems fine out of nowhere, Dane, the Nevermore's backstory came out of nowhere only to be finished immediately and our Titans look like they can't handle anything in this book. There's just ultimately a lot of inconsistencies and it seems like Tim Sheridan doesn't have a clue to what he's doing beyond the Red X reveal and when we finally get it it feels like no one still reading this book will even care. I just wish we could have gotten more out of this but I guess you don't always get what you want.

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Bits and Pieces:

We appear to have averted Future State this issue but the way we get there is silly and convoluted and just feels like it happens, and any explanation you get is said and never shown. There's not a ton to like about this beyond the future state not happening and the art in this issue being decent all around, and I can only hope now that we've wrapped up this part of the story we can finally feel like we're getting some substance out of this book and characters that feel like they should.


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