The Teen Titans are a very nice bunch. They remind me of snap, crackle, and punch. Robin is the leader. Superboy is the bleeder. And Wonder Girl is going to take me to lunch. Just like Writer: Scott Lobdell; Artist: Brett Booth; and Publisher: DC Comics in May 2012. But only if they're pay of course.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
In 'A Dark Omen', we see the Teen Titans held captive by the dark master, Harvest, and in a very harsh situation indeed.

One by one, each and every single member of this youthful group is tortured, scared, and abused, by reality altering telepath, Omen. Before being given a very ugly looking costume to wear, whilst strapped to an operating table.  

Heck, even when Red-Robin thinks that he is able to break free and smash Omen in the face, he can't. ZAP! Reality altering powers one-oh-one.

Worst still, is that I don't think that Wonder Girl, Kid-Flash, Solstice, Skitter, Bunker, and their pelican looking leader, are ready for whatever is going to happen to them next.

The New Ravagers. The Colony. And some twat called 'Leash'. 

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
As ever with this title, I liked most of the dialogue on display. Though I thought that Omen's expression 'Psionically Molested', was a rather descriptive and innovative description used. As it has a 'Nu slant' on how to slap down a hostage.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
I liked the little teasers in this issue the best really. Like the nod and the wink to both Wonder Girls and Kid-Flash's new origins.

I also enjoyed the way that the newbie's, Bunker, Skitter, and Solstice, are starting to gel on this team too. Making them part of the crowd as it were.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
I was not too keen on how Omen is now a villain. From reading her exploits with the Teen Titans from back in the day, I always thought of her as a caring and somewhat timid character by nature. So seeing her now as some sort of blind crazy harpy was a bit jarring at first glance.

Maybe I will get used to it over time, huh?

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: There is a sense of wonderment when I saw 'the gang' being oppressed in this manner, because this type of 'mental probing' does three things for a tale.  Firstly, it brings them together as a group. Secondly, it informs a bit more on the characters back-story. And thirdly, it added an air of suspense, making you ponder how they are going to get out of the situation they're placed in.

ART: I am sitting on the fence at the moment relating to the teams 'unified' costume designs. Presently it comes across as a mite too 'power ranger' in execution, and does seem to be taking a step back visually as well. But that is not to say that it won't grow on me. I am sure it will. Just like Tim's costume has grown on me too.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
OMEN: Personally speaking of course, I find that 'American Pies', Alyson Hannigan, has that gookie demeanor that makes you believe that she can torture small children in a plastic bubble.

LEASH: Just look at Rasmus Hardiker. Doesn't he look like a punk kid that is on a tight leash? He must have been on one to take his hands off of Natalie Portman in that sh*t flick, 'Your Highness', right?

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Not Buy One Get One Free. Be Given One And Get Tortured Free.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
OK, so this story was about the hopeless situation that the Teen Titans find themselves in, right? Therefore, why not a dirge like anthem of Beatles proportions? 'Don't Let Me Down'.

FINAL thoughts...
After reading the editorial section of this book, I am starting to get the sneaking suspicion that DC are now playing the game of 'joining the dots' with their pantheon of heroes. OK, I know that it says as such in this piece. Though I would have much rather preferred it if this cohesion came together in a much more natural way.

Most of the times, cross-over events come across as being too forced and jarring within a title. Plus it has been known to piss off a reader or a thousand in its overt use of 'character placement' just for the sheer sake of it. I hope that DC doesn't do this with 'the Culling', and that they are able to meld these teen books together in a more synergistic manner.

I have faith in Scott and Brett. I am sure they know how to play the system.  

MARKS out of 10? 9