Pakistan – it is a lovely country. I visited there once many years ago, witnessing many of there local customs, whilst sampling many of there local delicacies. And it is precisely because of this latter endeavor, that I spent half my time in the crapper with a guts ache. Now do you know what else makes my gut ache? No? Ask Writer: J.T. Krul; Artist: Nicola Scott; and Publisher: DC Comics. But only ask them in the month of April, 2011.  

Tim (Red Robin) Drake has returned to the Teen Titans fold, noticing straight away that even thoe something’s are relatively the same; something’s are relatively different too. But before he can pontificate upon what this is, the Titans have been requested by Cassie’s (Wonder Girls) Mother, to go to Pakistan, and then investigate the disappearance of two archaeologists.

In Pakistan, the Titans make there way into the Ancient Indus Valley, where they meet Cassie’s Mum, as well as being introduced to the missing archaeologist’s daughter – the magically imbued hero, Solstice. Initially, Bart (Kid Flash) Allen scouts the lo-cal for any signs of where the archaeologists could be. However, when he cannot find anything, the Titans break into teams, and then go looking for them individually. By chance, Red-Robin and Superboy come across a demonic looking female – who causes havoc amongst the team. That is before she teleports herself with Cassie and her Mum – to a rustic location. To be continued.

Something nice is starting to happen in this Teen Titans comic book series. Well, it just appears that with the addition of Red-Robin, both Krul and Scott have managed to step up the pace, and deliver to us a really great read. Why is this? Now, in my most humble option, this issue – as opposed to some of the previous instalments – has begun to delve into the characters personalities, thus presenting to us what these characters feel inside them. For me, the character monologue’s that runs through this issue, really aides this book in both contents and personality – and it did need personality. As for the story itself? Well, it is just an initial chapter of a longer running adventure, and because of such, has set down the basic foundation for what is to come next. Granted, this on its own would not be that exciting – but aided with this newfound characterisation, this teen slanted book is finally finding its feet. However, on the reverse side of this, is that Scott’s art – in places – is gradually having that bland silver age feel to it. A good example of this would be Scott’s depiction of the female monster – as she looks like an old girlfriend of mine, except with smaller breasts. But apart from that little nag, this is starting to become a really good.