Why is it; that the only way of resolving certain issues, mainly relies on one person punching someone else in the mouth? POW! Strange that, huh? Is it because that this type of physical contact is a more pertinent form of communication? Or alternatively, is it because Writer: J.T. Krul; Artist: Jose Luis; and Publisher: DC Comics, says so? Especially in September 2011. 

The Teen Titans are in a very ‘situation’ type ‘situation’ I am afraid to say. As due to the machinations of Superboy-Prime – KAPPOW! OK, so why ‘KAPPOW’? Well, upon the streets of San Francisco, there is a confrontation between Superboy’s gaggle of misfits, and the ever lovable Teen Supreme Team. Superboy Vs Prime – Red Robin and Wondergirl Vs the Super Clones – Kid Flash Vs Inertia – Solstice Vs Sungirl – Beast Boy Vs Zookeeper – Ravager Vs Persuader and Indigo – and Raven Vs Headcase.

So how do these individual battles turn out? As is it a positive result for the good guys? Or is it a negative result for the bad-guys? (Don’t these two expressions mean the same thing?) Hmmm? Firstly, Kid Flash discovers that some of these villains are clones like Prime. Secondly, Headcase delays the Teen Titans by manipulating the Golden Gate Bridge. So thirdly, Prime and his gang are free to attack Titans Tower upon the Bay.

Or do they? As a vast collection of past Teen Titans may have something to say about that. To be continued...  

Now as expected, this issue of ‘Teen Titans’ is an all battle issue, which inadvertently – for me – puts it under the category of ‘a quick read’. OK, so this may not necessarily be a bad-bad thing within the scheme of things, but still, it does slightly hinder the flow of this story where exposition is concerned – kind of.

You see – for me again – the only way that this battling book redeemed itself, is in the way that it was able to break down exposition amidst the numerous ‘staged’ battles. Well, to be completely honest about it, it kind of felt nice to have some dialogue splattered about, whilst these brightly coloured cheese-hounds beat the cr*p out of each other. And on top of that, during these fights, there was a bit of character thrown into the mix as well – giving this fairly paint it by number yarn, a more grounded and bold feel.

Thankfully, all of this was complemented by the clean and simplistic stylings of artist, Jose Luis, whom has managed to adder to a similar style than the previous run of rotating artists. Also, lets not forget the writer, Krul, whom I presume is thankful that his run on this title is coming to a close.

Now why do I say that? Hmm? Simple really – as when you come to thing about it –it does not really feel as if Krul’s heart is truly on this book any more. Take this paint it by numbers storyline for example: as it is fine in places – and has a nice clean air about it too – but apart from that, there is no inner depth to this piece, as if Krul is simply going through the motions of set-up > deploy > and conclude. Please don’t get me wrong now, I am not saying that Krul is a bad writer – as he is better than others I care to mention – it is just I find that you can feel the passion in someone’s work whilst you are reading it, and this just does not have any at all.

Overall, this penultimate issue of ‘Teen Titans’ is a fairly OK-ish read, and it does set up the next – and final – issue, very well indeed. Let’s just hope that this series ends with a bang, and not a hiccup of insurmountable proportions.