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If you put together – Red-Robin – Robin – The Teen Titans – an Army of Robots – and the Calculator, what do you get? Long division? A crunchy frog? Some type of spasm? Or do you get the second part of a cross-over that’s Written by J.T. Krull; Drawn by George Jeanty; and Published by DC Comics in March 2011?
Continuing from the pages of Red-Robin – Red-Robin and the Teen Titans fight there way through a swarm of android replicas, all set to blow up within a crowd of clubbers whom are dawdling outside of a nightclub. Prudently, this well established team take down the androids in no time at all, throwing them all over the place just so as to avoid detonation amongst the herd. Next comes’ the raison d'etre... the Calculator. Eventually they find him in front of a large computerised console in the basement of the nightclub, waiting for the Titans with another army of more imposing looking androids. And even thoe these electronic entities do manage to capture the gang, Robin – the brat – finds a way to subdue these beeping behemoths, before leading to another confrontation with the Calculator. Or is it the Calculator? Because after a recount on how he killed Kid Eternity, it is discovered that the man standing in front of the gang, is an electronic doppelganger. And so, in no time at all, this deluded computer... CRASHES! Some time after this event, a Robin leaves the Teen Titans, and a Robin stays behind.
Do I like this issue? Overall, maybe yes – maybe no. But what I can tell you for a fact, is that this issue is kind of bi-polar on a creative level. Let me tell you what I don’t like first, OK? The art is a bit naff – I hate to say it – but Mr. Jeanty’s work does not seem to suit this series. Jeanty’s style is more of a Vertigo-esque type of thing, and has that harder edged gruff line-work that leans more towards a ‘moody book’ rather than a ‘happy book’ (which The Teen Titans is). Another thing that seems a bit naff, is the whole ‘Kid Eternity’ resolution – as it seems to be inserted in at the end just to remind the readers that he has been kidnapped by the Calculator (many issues ago), and that he is supposedly dead (again?). Now, what did I like? All the other bits I suppose? Some good characterisation was conveyed in this issue, as well as the whole Red-Robin / Robin resolution as well. It brought some finality to the proceedings, and even thoe I am strangely upset that Robin has left this book, in the same vein I am happy that Red-Robin has returned. Thoe overall, a so-so issue.
THE RATING: B