In the year of our lord, March, 2014, a disastrous event took place that was so terrible to talk about, Scott Lobdell changed his sex, Tyler Kirkham changed his clothes, and DC Comics changed their direction. Well, instead of going up, up, and away, they ended up going, 'Ohhh, la-la, baby! Who wants to fit into my pants?'. Or word's to that effect.

To QUOTE Albert Camus: 'Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being'.

You've don't it once again, haven't you, Bar Tor? You've caused a right ruckus -- and I don't mean Greg -- upon our futuristic home world.

Admittedly, this time round your shenanigans involved you pitting us again your rebellious friends plus your old comrades in the 'Teen Titans'. Nonetheless, if it wasn't for the timely intervention of your dearly departed sister, you could've turned our peaceful existence into an episode of 'Dawson's Creek'.


Therefore, it is within my power as a member of the functionality, to condemn you to stay here for all eterna... BOOOOOM!

Oh, sh*t? Not again?

Despite not being a big fan of this current 'Bart as a rebel' story-line, all in all I'd have to say that this wasn't a bad tale to read.

For a start I did like Superboy's shady posturing throughout this adventure. As in many ways he stood out from the crowd in a somewhat obvious dual capacity.

Also, I have to mention that the sight of Bart's dead sister did come as a right surprise to me, because I honesty thought she kicked the bucked after reading last months installment.

Granted, this revelation wasn't as surprising as how this tale ended. Without giving too much away, the conclusion to this tale literally came out of thin air. Ending with a blast when... when... when... no. More on that point later methinks. Ha! Or maybe not.

The only aspect about 'Without You' I wasn't too keen on would be how certain characters in it kept on emotionally changing. One minute they'd be anxious. The next minute they'd be sad. And after that... well... see below for more details. Hahahaha!

Mainly because of the way this book resolved itself, I feel compelled to compare it to the Engelbert Humperdinck classic, 'Please Release Me'.

Well? What can I say? I'm an old romantic at heart, Ha!

On a conceptual level this tale reminded me of the feminine condition -- 'the menopause' -- because as I stated up above, throughout this yarn a number of the characters in it became 'highly volatile' at the drop of a hat. Wink-Wink!

OK. So the writing has finally been written upon the wall, folks. The 'Teen Titans' will 'go bye-bye' in a couple of months time, thus making my mind wonder where the team will be heading once it's eventually been cancelled. Because, lets face it, wouldn't it be great if...

  • Red Robin gets his own series again, or at least a regular spot on the 'Batman and Robin' title.
  • Bunker joins the ranks of the 'Village People' under the assumed name, 'The Purple Poof'.
  • Wonder Girl finds Donna Troy in New York City, and together they join forces with their very own range of 'wonder-wear'.
  • Kid Flash dies and then comes back to life as the Bart of old, appearing on a semi-regular basis with Wally and Barry over on 'The Flash'.
  • Superboy has a sex change and messes up the Superman line of books with a pedicure.
  • Solstice and Raven jump into a 'Pink Cadillac' and hit the road 'Thelma & Louise' style.

Nuff said.

TEEN TITANS #28 TEEN TITANS #28 Reviewed by David Andrews on March 13, 2014 Rating: 5
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