• DC: $2.99 – January 2011

At Titans Tower, whilst the Teen Titans verbalise their own personal issues, as well as contemplate on the whereabouts of Barney the deranged telepath, Bart (Kid Flash) Allen, has managed to track him down to Walker High School. Unfortunately for them, as soon as they arrive at this place of learning to investigate matters more, a localised earthquake encases them and the school within an earth filled tomb.

Still, undeterred by this incarceration, the Teen Titans decide to spilt-up and see what has caused this, presuming that it’s something to do with Barney. Alas, whilst Bart does his recon, he is duped by a girl whom stocks him unconscious – an action which provokes a confrontation between this girl and Wonder Girl and Raven. Meanwhile, over at the Gym, Superboy and Beast Boy find Barney hanging with a jock. They fight, causing Raven to warp these players all to one lo-cal, and await for the subsequent confrontation. Elsewhere, both Robin and Ravager discover some zombified students in the Cafeteria. To be continued.

This second instalment of Krul’s and Scott’s run on Teen Titans, sees the team continue their investigations of Barney (not the purple dinosaur), as well as establish the teams dynamics a little bit more. So far, Krul seems to be finding his way with this title, managing to pair off the team into obvious quarters, whilst also delving into the physiology of today’s youth. And even thoe I am somewhat dishearten by his former ploy, his latter seems to ring a hint of truth in his words. I find that this is a much needed area of exploration – the youth of today – as what pressures they are confronted with has to be addresses in one way or another. I’m not saying that all kid’s today have hard, even thoe some of them have, I’m saying that society in general are bombarding them with so much input, that they need a mechanism to express they’re release. So the overall plot of an evil mastermind corrupting youth is a valid one, just relayed in a rather bland way by Krul and Scott. Also, I find Scott’s pencilling outshines Kruls script – his bold and somewhat cheese-cake posses does not really seem to mesh well with what Krul is trying to convey. Granted, they’re both at an early stage on Teen Titans, and it appears that it will take them a bit of time before they synchronise more harmoniously. But I have faith in both of them, and am sure that eventually both art and words will come together to produce a solid book. Fingers crossed that they are given the opportunity to do so in today’s busy comic book industry... all fingers crossed.