• DC: $3.99 – November 2010

Instigated by Dick (Batman) Grayson, to make Damien (Robin) Wayne a much more sociable person, he takes him to Titans Tower so that the Teen Titans can help with this ploy. Thoe due to Damien’s somewhat brash and belligerent behaviour, he is ill received by the Titans. But graciously Cassie (Wonder Girl) Sandsmark is more accommodating then the rest, allowing Damien to stay and join the group. The following day, whilst on monitor duty, Damien’s hears on the news that a meta-human kafuffle is taking place at a ‘Tech Expo’ in Silicon Valley – prompting the Titans to head off there to investigate matters further. Here they confront one of Doctor Caligans ‘teenage’ experiment’s, whom is terrorising the exposition with a blatant display of his newfound powers. Thankfully Raven manages to subdue this kid by briefly transporting him to Azarath and talking him down. But unfortunately, when they both return, Damien provokes this kid once more, turning him loose and escaping Scott free.

I’d like to review this issue concerning two topics which it instigates – Damien Wayne – and the creative team attached to this book. Firstly, Damien... is he Teen Titans material? OK, from a creative standpoint, I understand including him within this roster, as he’ll act as a ‘Guy Gardner’ to provoke the team’s dynamics. But then again, is this just a temporary stop gap? Just to include a ‘Robin’ on the team until Tim returns? Honestly I’m unsure about my feelings towards this – as on the one hand I’d like to see Damien evolve as a character within the Teen Titans – whilst on the other I want Tim to return? But that’s the problem when a creator does something new... as it takes a bit of time for the audience to accept. And this brings me nicely to the second topic I wish to confront – the creative team. Both Krull and Scott are very competent on this book, by taking what has come before and then making it fresh again. Scott does this with his cheese-cake artwork, lavishly drawing simplistic yet dynamic panels which are very pleasing to the eye. While Krull’s dialogue and characterisation substantiates who these heroes are, grounding them in a reality that feels relevant and timely. But is ‘competent’ enough? Where’s the heart? This I find is what is lacking in this book, and needs to be more forthcoming in a team book about teenage superheroes. Maybe this is too much too soon to ask for, as it is only their second issue. And I suppose they have started well so far! I think they just need some time to grow, and some time to grow more accepted.