TEEN TITANS #4

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[ DON'T TOUCH MY VOUCHERS!
When boys and girls do fight. I have to say that it is very impolite. In fact it is so crude, that I find it quite rude, especially if this battle is completely shiieeeee... errr... you know what I mean, right? If not, ask Writer: Scott Lobdell; Artist: Brett Booth; and Publisher: DC Comics in January 2012.

So what’s the story morning glory?
'Danger Squared' is a rather pithy two strand story, with an additional question chucked in at the end for the sake of argument.

Part One - Cassie and The Boy With an 'S' on his chest: Cassie (Wonder Girl) Sandsmark in on the run from the evil organisation called, N.O.W.H.E.R.E., because she stuck her nose into their nefarious affairs last issue. So who do you think they get to confront her about this? and then question her about Red-Robin's plans? Yep - I am afraid to say that it's Superboy - a super powered teenager who asks his questions with his fists, POW!

Thankfully, though, Cassie can seem to hold her own, until...

Part Two - Smells like Teen Spirit: With Celine depressed about her 'altered state', and Miguel just happy to be alive, it is pretty safe to say that Red-Robin is starting to develop a headache. Worst still, is that the sudden arrival of Solstice and Kid Flash does not help him either- especially when the speedy sod swipes one of his sweatshirt!!

Maybe they should check out what is on the television set? And see Wonder Girl and Superboy fight it out?

Ooops!

Question - what do you think happens next, when Red-Robin and the 'Teen Titans' decide to aide Wonder Girl with her battle against Superboy?

What is the most memorable sentence spoken in this issue?
I though it funny when Superboy mused to himself after Cassie had hit him - 'I have not been hit that hard in my entire life -which has only been about a few weeks now, true - but still?'.

Ha! Comedic, but valid all the same.

Was the story any good?
Yes - this story was pure class in a comic book. Honestly, after reading this issue, I gave out a wild yelp because it was such a great story. The action - the characters - the personality - and the way that the two story strands led together at the end, just putting me on tender hooks for next issues 'debacle'.

Was the art any good?
Yes again - Brett Booth has found his calling on this teen book. Personally speaking, I liked his little touches the best. Like the filtered screen looming begin Superboys and Wonder Girls battle, plus the way that each of the characters are depicted with that crisp and clean look, almost as if they had just stepped out of a shower.

Though, my only slight gripe with the artwork; is how Tim, Miguel, and Superboy, all look very similar in the face - uniform even.

What is the best thing about this issue?
The stand-out for me in this issue was the whole sweatshirt argument between Tim a Bart. Boy, did that make me laugh - especially when Tim tried to compare Bart taking his garment, in the same vein as N.O.W.H.E.R.E. stealing super-powered children.

Moreover, I enjoyed some of Superboys 'little winks' back to a 'previous continuity', like the statement that he made about him and Cassie possibly having a relationship 'if things worked out differently'.

What is the worst thing about this issue?
By in large this issue was a good solid read, and the only thing that did leave a bitter taste in my mouth, was the retro-continuity. Well, it is a shame that Bart's origin is a clean slate, plus that this is his first meeting with Tim - plus Cassie's and Conner's too. It just makes all that I have so far read about them feel redundant somehow - hollow even.

If you could sum up this issue in a phrase or saying, what would that phrase or saying be?
One of my Mum's sayings sprung to mind whilst reading this yarn 'You always get the truth from a child you know?'.

And do you know what? She's right you know - sometimes anyway. 

If this issue were a movie, an object, or a piece of music, what would that be and why? 
Simple question to answer really - Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' - because both this comic book and this song have a vibrancy, and a boisterous attitude, that epitomizes a generation.




OK - two different generations.

What do you think would have made this issue better than it was?
I would have liked to have seen where the Tim and Bart's argument would have led if they were allowed to continue it. Maybe Miguel would have got a bit frisky and goaded them to both take their sweatshirts off and wrestle or something - he could have taken pictures.

Well, just an idea!

Final thoughts...
Out of the comic books I have read this month, this one is up there with Batman. Its fresh, its dynamic, and it has entertained me to such an extent, that I almost forgive it for fudging the past.

Just a bit.

However, what next I wonder? Will the team 'get together' and bang the banana out of N.O.W.H.E.R.E.? Better yet, will they force this evil organisation to change it's name to something more palatable? Like L'Oreal perhaps?

Let's hope so, huh?

Marks out of 10? 9