So this month we did not get a continuation for our current Teen Titans storyline based in the present time. This one, we travel five years into the future, along with every comic this September for Future’s End! Now that the over dramtic-ish opening is over, onto the review!
I loved this issue. It’s tied at #1 for me, tied with Batgirl (let’s face it that one was awesome) and honestly it shocked me altogether. I did not see that all of the heroes except for Heretic (shocking he’s even on a hero team after what happened with Damian) and the newest member, Animal Girl, whose real name is Alexia Santos. While not a whole lot is known about her, I honestly thought she was Maxine Baker (Animal Man’s daughter) in disguise.
The Good: The best part about the comic was seeing a few characters we haven’t had a chance to see in the New 52 yet, like Klarion, the Witch Boy. He may have been announced to have his own series starting next month, but getting the character in this one-shot was a bit of a treat. Then there was Tempest, who might have been Garth, the first Aqualad? They didn’t really clear that up. And then there’s Jesse Quick, one of the original Speedsters, who is Kid Flash on Earth-2. I don’t remember her fathers name, though I just read the JSA Blackest Night comics and I know he was in there. This comic show’s three Earth-2 refugee’s going against a man against Earth-2 people in general, trying to get them off Earth-0 as I can tell. After their first attempt is unsuccessful, they go again, and this time you learn that the current Titans foe Algorithm (you know, the robo girl Bunker blew up) is still around, and is still causing them problems! The art is wonderful, and even for one issue, the team seems to work together extremely well.
The Bad: Not a whole lot for this area. I did feel like the issue was rushed, but it was a One-Shot comic. I’m upset that the original Titans only had a mention from Algorithm and nobody else. Also a tad upset that Alexia wasn’t Maxine in disguise, because she seems to have (as far as I know) the same powers as both Maxine and Buddy. So it would have made sense. Also, why bring in Heretic, and not the Robin known as Duke from Batman and Robin: Future’s End? And if it was Garth, why did he go from regular Atlantean, to La’Gaan from Young Justice?
I really liked this issue though, wish I could be seeing more of this team though, but I’m glad next month will be back to our regularly scheduled Titans!
Rating: 8/10. The art was great, the characters worked well together, and the story was really nice for a single issue. Will Pfiefer seems to really understand the characters he writes. Andy Smith did great at depicting the characters he was given to draw in this comic as well.
So going along with my usual picture segment, I think first will be Klarion, the ‘Don’t call him Witch’ Boy (Didn’t we have this ordeal with Cassie also? xD)! I’ll get them out as soon as I can, and then I’ll decide who’s next from there!