There once was a comic book about Teens. That was spicy and just full of beans. But then came the redo, that I thought would make it do-do, but instead it made it refreshingly lean. As Written by Scott Lobdell; Drawn by Brett Booth; and Published by DC Comics in November 2011.

So what’s the story morning glory?
Now this second issue of Teen Titans – labelled ‘Underground and Overwhelmed’ – continues Red-Robins quest to unite a group of super powered teenagers, whom are all hounded by the subversive organisation known as N.O.W.H.E.R.E.

Unfortunately, though, Red-Robin is unable to enlist his current ‘friend’, Wonder Girls – because she does not want to know about no team. And then, even when he tracks down and fights N.O.W.H.E.R.E. agents over the insect-azoid ‘Skitter’ – she does not want to know either – because Wonder Girl has had to punch her out, because she was feral.

Meanwhile, in a N.O.W.H.E.R.E. compound, agent, Superboy, contemplates how he is going to overpower Wonder Girl, whilst Kid-Flash breaks free from his confinement, only to run into a caged Solstice.

What is the most memorable sentence spoken in this issue?
On the first page of this issue, whilst Kid-Flash is talking to himself in the holding cell, he muses ‘Got Power. Really fast. What else do I do with them? Guess I could have tried to be a Super Villain? Hmm? KILL FLASH! Nah’.

Was the story any good?
As much as it pains me to say this – yes – this was a very good story. Heck, I liked it on so many different levels, that I am ashamed to say that I am actually enjoying this revamp quite a lot.

Personally speaking, the concept that Red-Robin is going round the country, in the attempt to recruit ‘new’ heroes into ‘his team’, is just a blast to read. OK, I know that Scott has kicked into touch previous continuity – which is a sh*t. And that the costumes that these heroes now wear, do look like that they should all be paraded on a float in Mardi Gra – this I do not like either. Nevertheless, this story is an enveloping and an entertaining one, and just puts a smile onto my face when I read it.


Was the art any good?
Artist, Brett Booth, suits this title more than he did on the previous incarnation of the Justice League. For a start, he can draw teens – which is good on a teen book. Next, his action scenes are very kinetic looking – which is a bonus. And on top of that, his expressions say a thousand words – with all of them beginning with the letter ‘B’.

On the flip side of this though, I do find that Brett is occasionally inconsistent in his depictions, and also, his costumes suck eggs.

What is the best thing about this issue?
I enjoyed the initial scenes with Cassie and Red-Robin the best – it was as though he had a crush on her, and does not know how to show it.

Also, I did like Red-Robin talking to ‘Skitters’ sister, and the Kid-Flash introductory splash page also – very personable I thought. 

What is the worst thing about this issue?
Now I am not sure who picks the names for the new heroes on this team, but whoever it is, should get a good kicking. ‘N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’, ‘Skitter’, and this ‘Bunker’ guy who will be showing up next issue – blurg – are they still in kindergarten or something? Moreover, I did not like the ‘tude’ Cassie has at the moment – feels too contrived.

If you could sum up this issue in a phrase or saying, what would that phrase or saying be?
I can’t help but to say ‘boo ya ka sha’ – it feels appropriate for some strange reason.

If this issue were a movie, an object, or a piece of music, what would that be and why?
Mainly due to my emotionally conflicting stance on this comic book, I have to choose a bad song that I like – ‘mmmbop ’ by Hanson – need I say any more?

What do you think would have made this issue better than it was?
To keep in more of the previous continuity, whilst at the same time keeping a similar vibe than this one.

Final thoughts...
I liked this issue. It entertained me – it proved to me that this rebuffing can work – and I have to say, that I like it.


Marks out of 10? 8.5