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So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Now in this particular instalment of this team supreme book, entitled 'By the Lights', we find that the Teen Titan are dealing with the aftermath of their fight with Superboy, with more problems and solutions to all in sundry. Poor sods.
PROBLEM: What do the Teen Titans do when they are suddenly accosted by Detective Lure from the N.Y.P.D.? SOLUTION: Nothing. Skitter decides to scare the living sh*t out of her before they even get to lift a finger.
PROBLEM: Who can help out Kid-Flash with his Superboy induced speed-spasms? SOLUTION: No - not the Flash. Instead, Virgil Hawkins, also known as Static. Well, he is a lot closer to the Teen Titans at Star Labs you see, and with a bit of an assist from Red-Robin, he comes up with a fashionable solution to boot.
PROBLEM: What happens when Star Labs detainee, Grymm, manipulates Skitter to break her out of her confinement? SOLUTION: Thankfully, Wonder Girl and Bunker are at hand to slap this ugly looking b*tch back to her cell.
PROBLEM: Who is Kid-Flash? Because is he the criminal that Detective Lure thinks he is? SOLUTION: To be continued after another fight with Superboy...
There was a lot to like about this issue because it was that type of a read. But for me, personally, I liked the quick tête-à-tête between Static and Red Robin the best...
RED-ROBIN: I have an emergency, Virgil. I need your help.
STATIC: Seriously? Me? You probably have the Justice League on your buddy list.
RED-ROBIN: Well, they hang-out in a satellite and you were a ten minute walk.
Honestly through heroism, it can't be beat.
What was the BEST thing about this issue?
I genuinely liked it all really. Though I suppose the best things where this particular story was concerned, were the Static cameo, plus the whole mystery which is starting to surround Bart. Isn't he an Allen anymore? And what is this business about him being a villain? Ohhh! I feel a cross-over coming.
What was the WORST thing about this issue?
Now I really do love Scott's style of scripting, I really do. However, the only drawback with it is, is that at times Scott feels the need to implement a segway within his tales, just to give it a different focus plot-wise. For example, in this issue, Grymm was his 'segway', and a pretty lame one at that. I would have preferred more dialogue between the rest of the cast myself.
What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: I suppose creatively speaking; I was intrigued by two key story factors within this tale. Firstly, the whole 'who is Bart' angle that is presently being spun - because it does leave it up in the air where his 'Flash connection' is concerned. And secondly, I really did enjoy how Static was utilized in this issue - as a tech-head of sorts - and I genuinely hope that he comes back as a regular player.
ART: I liked the nice little touches in this issue art-wise. Like Red-Robin wearing a Green Lantern t-shirt under his uniform, as well as how Wonder Girl looks more 'Britney' in the shoulder area. As for Bart's redesign? Hmmm. Doesn't look too bad at the moment, but I need to see it in action before I can pass better judgment.
STATIC: Apart from the way in which he is unable to wear his hat properly, I feel that rapper, Lil Wayne, could pass himself off as this clever power-magnet, no problem. Well, he has a similar hairstyle!
GRYMM: Wouldn't it be funny if Rosie Huntington did what Gwyneth Paltrow did in 'Shallow Hal'? And make herself appear as the pug faced wench with the face of a raggedy rag-doll? No? Must be just me then.
If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
If You Have Just Been Shaken Half To Death By A Teen-Age Power-House, Come To Static, We're Closer Than The Flash!
If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why?
Personally speaking, there was an almost rhythmical quality about this story, as if it was a series of parables that needed to be recounted like a prayer. Another entity which reminds me of this, is the song 'Gangsta's Paradise' by Coolio.
I am really-really happy with this series so far. Granted, its not one-hundred percent how I would have envisioned a Teen Titans book being presented. Nevertheless, the personality and the way that this series is progressing is a very good start compared to a lot of the other new 52. Moreover, most of the rehashed characters are very funny as well.
MARKS out of 10? 8.5