Hey, who's turned out the f*cking lights? Was it that chap who wears those awful purple tights? You know, what's-his-name. That sap that looks like Bane. And has a strange compulsion to read the, 'Demon Knights'. Well, not that this is a bad thing of course. Just strange. Like Writer: Scott Lobdell; Artist: Eddy Barrows; and Publisher: DC Comics, in April, 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'Only Begotten'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: Whilst the Teen Titans try their collective best to deal with the fall out of their New York battle with Trigon, over in the under realm, Trigon himself, explains to his three sons, Larry, Curly, and Moe, how their sister, Raven, came into being.
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: Yeah. I suppose they were! Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Yes, again. Wonder Girl and Raven want to bitch-slap each other in the face. Wooooo!
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With Raven and the Teen Titans coming face to face with the Three Stooges. Bing!

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
No word of a lie, I did find it rather refreshing to hear Trigon say...

'Terror was easy. Ruling was tedious'

... during his somewhat lengthy monologue about his and Raven's own origins. Well, it's not everyday that you get to hear a villain moaning about ruling an entire planet, is it?

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) When I first heard that Eddy Barrows was going to be the new artist on this title, like the rest of you, I'm sure, I wasn't one hundred percent sold on this idea straight away. But now though, now that I can see what he can actually do, not only am I sold on this idea, but I want to sell it to people as a viable commodity, because it's that-that good. Just look at the picture up above. It speaks for itself.   
(+) Conceptually speaking of course, this story was a 'updated version' of Raven's own origins, just eschewed, slightly, to fit within the New52. Not that this is a bad thing. Hell no! I thought Scott didn't do a bad job of it really. He took the basic essence of the old tale, and just gave it a bit of a metaphoric push in places.
(+) Another thing that I enjoyed about this tale, was how the majority of it was told from Trigons point of view, with him commenting on what he thought was happening at any given time. Very associative that was. Very associative indeed.
(+) Hands up those of you who want to see a Raven verses Wonder Girl fight? Wooooow! That many?!?!? Rock-on!!!!!

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) Being a big fan of the 'Marv Wolfman era', I myself found it rather distasteful when a previous creative team introduced Ravens 'three brothers' quite a few years ago. I mean, why bother? Right? They don't make Trigon more menacing or Raven more unique. If anything, these 'three stooges' adversity dilute the whole concept behind the demon and his daughter, and doesn't need revisiting. Nuff said.

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to two MUSICIANS.
OZZY OSBOURNE AS TRIGON: Alright. I know that this isn't the best match I've ever conjured up. But just think if Ozzy was the demon, whilst his daughter...

KELLY OSBOURNE AS RAVEN: ... Kelly, was the demons... err... daughter. A-ha! Now do you see where I am heading with this, folks? Correct. Straight to hell.

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'I may neither choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father' -- William Shakespeare

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'CHANGES' BY THE OSBOURNE'S: As I'm still sticking with this Osborne slanted review, dear reader, I thought that it would be fairly appropriate of me if I compared this story to one of their songs. Does 'Changes' rings a bell? Ding-dong!

No. Don't worry. I won't include any more Osbourne references from this point on, OK? But what I will do instead; is try to surmise why Trigon got fed-up with ruling all those planets he conquered. Was it because...

  • His income tax was too high.
  • A friend once told him that being too important could also make him too impotent.
  • Trigon kept on getting annoyed by all those poxy interior decorators he hired, clashing colours and styles more than he clashed fist upon bone.
  • One of his many lady friends' insinuated that he was trying to overcompensate at work, because he was deficient in the sack. 
  • Heating each of his planets cost him a bloody fortune.
  • Dan Didiododododididido told him to stop or else he'd end up going bald.
  • He never wanted to be a demon; he always wanted to be.... a lumberjack!!!!

Anyway, enough of that for this month, folks. All I have left to say is that this issue of the 'Teen Titans' was fairly good all on all. The artwork was smashing. The story was a great origin yarn. And by in large I can't wait for Raven and Beast Boy to join this team and make this book a bit more Old52 than New52.


GIVE IT, IT'S DUES: If This Comic Book Was a Club Sandwich, It Would Be a Sandwich With An Actual Club In It.