I once purchased a piece of mystical armor. I bought it from a man that said he was a farmer. But this wasn't true. In fact he was a nice Jew. Who I have to say was one hell of a charmer. Just like the titanic creative team of Writers: Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza; Artist: Ale Garza; plus Publisher: DC Comics in November 2012.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Without a shadow of a doubt, this issue of the Teen Titans -- entitled 'The Origin Of Wonder Girl' -- is in actual fact the... errr... origin of... hmm... Wonder Girl.

  • Yeah. Straight up. Cassie tells Red-Robin and Superboy quite a few things about herself during a flight towards a pre-determined destination.
  • Like how she fell in love with Diesel over a year ago for example, whilst posing as a thief of the side.
  • Or how she also trailed him amidst one of her Mothers many archaeological expedition's, only to end up being infused with a mystical gauntlet which has corrupted her very soul.
  • Now you know of the gauntlet I'm referring to, don't you? It's the one with the mark of Trigon stamped on its frame. Something which Cassie hasn't got anymore -- but Diesel has.

To be continued not so long after Amanda Waller sends Lance to track down our budding heroes...

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
I must confess, with hand of my heart, that I did chuckle out loud when I read that scene where Red-Robin, Superboy, and Wonder Girl, all started to gibe each other.

RED-ROBIN: Only everything after: "I met him".
SUPERBOY: I'm still coming to terms with the name Diesel...
RED-ROBIN: Yours is Superboy. Throwing stones in a glass house?
SUPEBOY: Says someone who calls himself Red-Robin and won't tell us his real name. Maybe it's Danny Diesel...
WONDER GIRL: Actually, that would be so totally funny.
RED-ROBIN: Coming from Wonder Girl...
WONDER GIRL: If I still had my powers, I'd bounce you to the moon.
SUPERBOY: If you still had your powers!    

Ha! Nice pithy pace to this tête-à-tête, huh? And funny to boot. 

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
One of the highlights for me in this issue, was how the overall narrative came across exactly how 'real teenagers' talk to each other in 'real life'. You know, with one person trying to tell the two others a yarn, only with the other two 'butting in' whenever 'a dig' has to be thrown.

I liked that. I liked that a lot.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
Now I didn't quite understand the logic as to why Cassie became a thief in her past. Her mother had a well-paid job. She too worked with her mother. And generally speaking, financially everything was good.

See what I mean? Doesn't make much sense to me. Characters need motivation to become the people they become. This trait had no apparent motivation what so ever.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: Creatively speaking, I did like the way that this yarn did two things in hindsight. Firstly, it told an origin story and a romance all in one. And secondly, I am very intrigued with the whole Trigon angle introduced in this issue.

Ohhh! Can Raven be far behind?

ART: Ale Garza -- Wow! -- What an amazing artist he is, and defiantly someone I'd like to see a lot more of in the future. The last time I saw Ale drawing a series was on 'Gen 13' I think. Plus I do remember him doing some cover-work here and there.

Please stay with us, Ale. You give a teen-book much needed character and personality that actually makes it feel like a teen-book.  Say no more.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
RED-ROBIN: Alright, I'm going to go very visceral in this installment of casting call, and cast these cats as if they were dog's. Well, in the right light, doesn't Red-Robin look like a Shetland sheepdog to you?

SUPERBOY: And as for this Kryptonian clown on the other hand? Why not something like a cocker spaniel? Could work. If given the proper incentive.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Love Might Be Dangerous, But It Isn't As Terrifying As A Possessed And Mystical Gauntlet.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
If you think about it for a moment, this adventure is about how love can hurt, right? So why not compare it to the Everly Brothers classic of the same name?

Now that brings back a lot of memories for me? Ha!

FINAL thoughts...
Is it just me or did you notice that there was something more focused about this story than some of the previous ones? I personally have a feeling that Fabian Nicieza's involvement somehow channelled Scott Lobdell work in a more linear fashion, inadvertently making this book a much more grounded and easier read. 

Now I'm not trying to imply that Scott's writing is crap by any stretch of the imagination. Oh no. But rather a noticeable difference was made, and if truth be told, one that I did like the tone of.

Anyway, let's hope next issues offerings are up to the high standards of this issue. Can't wait to see how Trigon is played out. I just hope that Scott and company can give him a new spin -- something original.

MARKS out of 10? 9