TEEN TITANS #3

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[ NO! I NEED A NEW COSTUME
Please meet the new hero called Bunker. Who seems like to be a bit of a Junker. And to make matters worse, he does not carry a purse, and he also looks like a purple spelunker. Now if you want to know more, then you have to read this tale by Writer:  Scott Lobdell; Artist: Brett Booth; and Publisher: DC Comics in December 2011.

So what’s the story morning glory?
In this third chapter of this not so united teen team book, we are presented with three individual tales relating to this troubled time.

Primarily, we see how Kid Flash and Solstice, break out of their N.O.W.H.E.R.E.  imprisonment, only to fall into a snow logged town in the middle of... errr... nowhere. 

Next, we see how Casssie (Wonder Girl) Sandsmark, dresses up like a nurse, and then attempts to ‘quiz’ a hospitalized felon whom attacked Red-Robin last issue.

And finally, after a slight false start, Red Robin meets the new teen hero, Bunker, whilst he is a stowaway on a train, tendering to the cocooned other new hero, Skitter.

However, whilst the train alights at a town along the way, Red-Robin and Bunker notice that this town’s population is strangely possessed. Now Red-Robin investigates – bumps into the culprit, Detritus – before returning to Bunker with the town freshly restored and him none the wiser.

Strange that, huh?

What is the most memorable sentence spoken in this issue?
I liked it when Kid Flash and Solstice were falling off of the snowy cliff, and he said to her ‘Um, you don’t fly, do you?’.

Was the story any good?
Yes – I did not mind this story at all. Initially, because the three different story stands did hold varying amounts of ‘story time’, relating to their importance within the bigger arc. Also, I enjoyed Scott’s characterizations too - because ‘the chaps’ do come across as very bold and daring at times, thus filling the page with personality and pathos.

Was the art any good?
Brett Booth’s artistic style reminds me of another previous Teen Titans artist of yesteryear, Todd Nauck. Personally speaking, I find that this is a good thing all in all, because they are both nice consistent artists, whom produce clear, detailed, and polished pencils that are nice to follow.

However, my only gripe with Brett’s work, is that his facial expressions and compositions do look very 'samey' in places – which can be slightly detracting at times.

What is the best thing about this issue?
I have to say, that I did like the Solstice and Kid Flash sections of this book – as they were charming, and had a real lively spirit to them.

Moreover, what I have seen of Bunker so far, I really like. He seems like an OK-ish kind of guy, with a nice way about him, no attitude, and he appears very friendly too.

I wished that his costume wasn’t cr** though.

What is the worst thing about this issue?
The two little niggles I have with this issue are:

Nag One: Why does Cassie come across as a hard faced b*tch all of a sudden? Now this, for me, feels a bit overtly contrived as a notion, and comes out of nowhere story wise.

Nag Two: I found that the worst section of this issue, was that ‘pit stop’ Red-Robin and Bunker made upon the train. Well, story wise, this just seemed like a delay within a bigger picture – one that I am sure will be revisited again in the future. 

If you could sum up this issue in a phrase or saying, what would that phrase or saying be?
When The Beatles formed ‘Apple’, John Lennon had his own funky imprint called ‘Zapple’ – and this is the phrase, that sums up this comic book for me. 

If this issue were a movie, an object, or a piece of music, what would that be and why? 
In a strange way, this issue of the Teen Titans, reminds me of the Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtin film ‘The Defiant Ones’. Not artistically mind you, but rather in how they both capture the same spirit of reckless abandonment and escapism – literally.




What do you think would have made this issue better than it was?
I would have liked to have seen a more focused issue overall, and something that did not feel the urge to be alternate for the sake of being alternate – such as in Cassie’s characterisation.

Now what I would have done different, is to have gotten rid of that ‘town sequence’, and then added a scene where Robin, Bunker, Solstice, and Kid Flash, meet up – which would most probably happen next issue anyway. 

Final thoughts...
Teen Titans is shaping up to becoming one of my most favourite reads out of the new 52. Still, I am curious about what is going to happen when the gang finally comes together. Will it be magic? Or will it be cow-sh*t?

We have to wait and see, huh?

Marks out of 10? 8