TEEN TITANS #19

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[ A MAD SALE
Isn't this cover just MAD? It's so crazy I feel kind of SAD. Red-Robins to BLAME. He wanted the FAME. Just like my dear old DAD. Well, it was either my papa, or the not so youthful creative team of Writers: Scott Lobdell and Tony Bedard; Artist: Eddy Barrows; plus Publisher: DC Comics, in March, 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'Trigon-Ometry'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: A short while after Red-Robin and Wondergirl play the game 'choke the leader', out of the blue, the Teen Titans are then swept up in a battle against Trigon and his minions.
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: No. Not from the Titans point of view anyway. Ha!
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Raven enlists Beast Boy to help her papa kick teenage ass.
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With the police going, BANG! With Psion going, POW! And with the rest of us going, Oh!

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Alright, I have to confess, I've always been a right sucker for word play. So when I saw that the name of this issue was called 'Trigon-Ometry'... well... what can I say? Most of the dialogue presented in it didn't stand that much of a chance.

My bad.




What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) I'm finding Tim Drake's current brash behaviour very intriguing indeed. In fact, a small part of me was more interested by this aspect than the rest of the adventure.
(+) Something else I was very intrigued about whilst reading this book, were those little 'origin snippets' Trigon prised away from the individual hero's minds. Well, I mean, Cassie's Dad seem like an unknown commodity for a start? Plus what about Kid Flash being a renegade from the future?
(+) Wasn't it a hoot to see Gar and Raven on the same page again? Granted, I know that Gar is red now, and Raven is a puppeteer.  Still, all the same, I thought it was very nice indeed.
(+) I loved those scenes where Eddy Barrows drew the diminutive little heroes punching the big bag Trigon down! POW! Talk about perspective, huh?

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) My one slight gripe with this adventure was those last couple of pages. One minute Solstice got shot. The next minute Psion killed the police and started his face off with Beast Boy. After that, though, things got a bit muddled. Fractured even. And wasn't very easy to follow as a narrative.
(-) Now how did Superboy know Raven's name, when these two heroes have never met before? Hmmm? Can you smell a plot glitch here? Also, was that Psion? Oh dear! I was way off the mark last time round, thinking that it was Doctor Light instead of him.

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to two WELL KNOWN MOVIE STARS.
WILLIAM PETERSEN AS TRIGON: Couldn't you just imagine Grissom... errr... I mean William, painted head to tail in red paint, and rampaging across the city like a man possessed. I did. Last night. After I ate too much cheese before I went to bed.

MADELINE ZIMA AS RAVEN: Next, after my Grissom induced dream, I had another one where Madeline Zima kept on touching my mind, and telling me what to do. Well, I think that it was my mind?

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks' -- Mary Shelley

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE' BY THE TEMPTATIONS: Alright. I confess. I've compared this song to this story because they both have bad papas in them. Still, such is life, huh?




ANYTHING Else?
For a change, I'm going to end this 'Teen Titans' review by proposing possible scenarios to explain away why certain heroes behave like they behave. OK, to begin...

  • Red-Robin is coping with the loss of Damien Wayne by turning into him.
  • Cassie's father is actually Owen Wilson, and she doesn't want anybody to know about it.
  • Kid Flash is not Kid Flash. He's the love-child of Ambush Bug and Jennifer Anniston.
  • Superboy's costume was created by Marvel.
  • Red Robin is undergoing trans-genre surgery, and the hormones he's taking have kicked in a little bit too much. 
  • Bunker costume isn't purple; it's just a very warm shade of blue. 
  • Cassie's father is actually a woman called Glen or Glenda
  • Solstice listens to the Michael Jackson song ,'Black or White', and gets very confused.

Anyway, enough of that for now. Overall I did enjoy this issue an awful lot. The art was great. The story was above average. And by in large I was somewhat happy with what was on show. How about you, dear reader? Do you think the same as I do? If so, you know what to do. Spam-Spam. Tweet-Tweet. Face-Face.

Bless-Bless.

GIVE IT, IT'S DUES: If This Comic Book Was an Animal Playing an Instrument, It Would Be a Sea Lion Playing the Violin. Difficult To Envisage.