There once was a hero called 'Diesel'. Who had a thing for sleeping with a weasel. He thought it was cute. He wore a black boot. And decided to name this small mite 'Cecil'. Well, it was a lot better than what these chaps wanted to call him! Writer: Scott Lobdell; Artist: Brett Booth; and Publisher: DC Comics in August 2012. It's sounded very crude.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
If you can imagine a teen-age soap-opera mixed in with a sadomasochistic beauty pageant plus a dash of lime, then you'd have a pretty good idea what this issue of Teen Titans -- labelled 'Armoured and Out' -- is really like. Brutal, bold, bumbling, and slightly bitter too.  

  • Picture the scene. Kid-Flash, Solstice, and Bunker are all held up in a rest-stop at the moment, because Wonder Girl has gone all 'Gaga', due to the fact that her costume is taking control of her body. 
  • Don't worry though. Red-Robin and Superboy try their best to prise her out of this armoured shell.
  • Though let's hope that Wonder Girl's ex-boyfriend -- Diesel -- doesn't show up after this battle over, huh? Or else he might exploit the outcome of this fight to further his own daring-do.
  • Ooop!

Meanwhile, in the back-up feature, Kid-Flash and a couple of his dinosaur-looking pals fight a bunch of monsters in a sewer.

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
I did find it funny when Superboy accused Red-Robin of hitting on Wonder Girl, especially when he said to him -- 'Sure. You're always this sensitive'.

Well, Supes does have a very valid point there, doesn't he? Ha!

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
I liked the fact that Superboy and Red-Robin are acting as friends again. It's really great to see some of their old magic back on this book once more, and I suspect that this is just the beginning of a friendship which is about the bloom.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
Now I do not want to jump to conclusions here, but I hope that this Diesel creep isn't just another run of the mill 'attitude' flavors of the month. To me he appears somewhat one-dimensional as a character. Not really having that spark which Scott's other characters normally possess. 

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: There was something within this story that didn't feel quite right to me -- how Diesel suddenly popped up out of the blue once Wonder Girl was free. Aesthetically this was a bit too much like happenstance for it to appear natural within this tale. As if his appearance was inserted for the sake of plot.

There subsequent confrontation was very original though. Because I don't think that I've seen Wonder Girl act this way before towards someone she once went out with.

ART: Please DC; keep Brett Booth on this book for as long as you're able to keep him. I just love the way he draws facial expressions. Heck, it looks like he has been improving in this department by the page load since he started working on this title.

Keep on trucking, Brett. I'm sure we have not seen the best of you yet.  

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
WONDER GIRL: Do I have to write anything her to justify why I think Hero's unbreakable cheerleader, Hayden Panettiere, should play this wonderful girl? No. I don' think so either.

DIESEL: I suppose I can say the same thing about Hayden's one time boyfriend, Milo Ventimiglia, as well, huh? Because they did have a rather love / hate relationship both on the TV show and in real life. 

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Women, Huh? If It's Not The Menopause, Its Body Armour That's Corrupts Their Very Souls.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
Mainly due to the conceptual though-line behind this issue -- breaking free from an unsightly looking piece of body-armour -- I have to compare this yarn to the song by Queen, 'I Want To Break Free'.

Nice fit, right?

FINAL thoughts...
I'm not really sure about this issue you know. Half of me liked it because of the reformation of the Red-Robin / Superboy team. Whilst the other half of me wasn't too keen on it because it appeared like a tale of two halves -- with one scenario leading onto the next scenario purely by luck and by happenstance. Also, what the hell is going on with the back-up feature, huh? It was so sparse and so fleeting, I almost forgot what it was about not so long after reading it!

Still, as a whole, it wasn't that bad I suppose. And it was a lot better than a number of other books I care not to mention.

MARKS out of 10? 8.2