Teen Titans #43 review | Batman News

The Teen Titans are nonetheless on the hunt for Brother Blood’s killer. Feeling answerable for him and his destiny, they’ve set to determining the thriller behind his loss of life. As they examine, what unsavory truths will come to gentle, and is Robin actually bent on killing criminals now?

The problem follows Robin as he tracks down the KGBeast, his subsequent goal, and the Teen Titans as they attempt to type out who killed Brother Blood. There are a selection of issues about this subject that really feel disparate and rushed. Like how the group is already break up once more between Robin and the others. You’d suppose Robin can be with the group since he’d particularly instructed them that sure they wanted to see the reality out collectively, however now he’s run off on one other certainly one of his personal missions. It rips all the stress away from the best way the final subject ended by basically re-setting the board initially of this one and treats us as soon as once more to an ‘investigatory’ subject with the bits that  transfer the plot ahead tucked away on the finish.

One other factor that feels slightly confused on this subject is how Robin now feels completely satisfied of what he’s going to do subsequent. That is in battle with him being not sure final subject, particularly since we’re given no motive why he’s all of the sudden positive. On the identical time, Robbie Thompon continues to make readers empathize additional with Robin by introducing Superboy. Jon has come again in time as a result of even sooner or later Damian’s destiny is foggy. He’s frightened about his buddy and needs to inform him his “future isn’t painted in stone”. I admire the truth that we’re getting some scenes the place different characters are frightened about Damian, however once more, this all feels slightly rushed. As little as I like this complete “Robin is dangerous” thought, I’d prefer to have seen extra time given to displaying his personal private wrestle with deciding what to do. It could assist us root for his redemption extra, as a substitute of leaving readers not sure methods to really feel.

Because it stands, it’s arduous to inform what the guide desires us to really feel about Robin as a result of it offers us scenes with characters like Superboy, after which turns proper again into displaying us how useless set Damian is about his new want to make criminals really worry him. His mantra is all about worry, and placing worry into the hearts of criminals, sort of in the best way Batman does it, besides under no circumstances. In an effort to make them afraid he’s keen to go to excessive lengths corresponding to homicide and maiming. 

On this subject it’s achieved by having Robin seek out the KGBeast. I wished to be excited for a narrative centered on Robin going after the person answerable for taking pictures Nightwing within the head and serving to strip him of all his recollections. Some actually attention-grabbing battle may have arisen from him wanting avenge his earlier mentor and older brother. Solely, it feels odd to have him go after KGBeast now, over a 12 months in actual time after Dick was shot. That is the primary time Teen Titans has actually referenced Dick’s scenario and Damian’s relationship with him. There’s not even a motive given within the textual content as to why Damian didn’t go after him earlier. It simply looks like a simple goal to have him go after with a view to proceed pushing the narrative of utmost violence in opposition to criminals. 

This all leads me to my greatest downside with Teen Titans which is the truth that we’ve achieved this story earlier than on this guide a number of instances, first with the jail, then with the thoughts wipe, then when Damian confronted off in opposition to his literal evil clone. Doing it once more with Brother Blood and the KGBeast isn’t any extra attention-grabbing, even when Damian’s slightly extra vicious now. 

The guide is caught in a repetitive cycle that doesn’t appear to wish to change. With every of Damian’s large plans the story has additionally offered him with an opportunity to alter, and for slightly bit he does. Then all of the sudden he’s able to do one thing worse, like that change of coronary heart didn’t occur. It’s irritating, as a result of as a Robin fan I need all this to be over, I need my favourite character to be a hero once more. Even when I wasn’t a fan of him, I’d wish to see issues change. In some unspecified time in the future the guide wants to maneuver on to one thing else. That is in spite of everything a group guide, not a Robin guide, and in a title like Teen Titans you’d anticipate the characters to be on loopy adventures and doing teen issues. Nevertheless it by no means does. It simply recycles the identical themes once more, and as a reader it’s exhausting to learn.

Talking of the group, I do wish to say that I did like what Thompson was doing with them. They’re break up between taking out factions of Brother Blood’s followers and in persevering with the investigation into who killed him. With out Robin there, they work collectively rather well. The relationships between them are good, with banter and lightness that guarantees if the title ever strikes on to telling tales about their adventures issues could possibly be actually enjoyable. 

There are additionally some attention-grabbing concepts offered right here that I’d like to see fleshed out and centered on, like the truth that Brother Blood appeared out for revenge particularly in opposition to the Titans. It’s good to see some penalties of what the group did, and I feel an arc about penalties achieved with the dangerous guys out for revenge would make for an attention-grabbing solution to wrap up every part that’s come earlier than. 

I additionally loved the artwork. This month Jesus Merino is on the title with Maiolo on colours and I actually really feel like their type collectively suits the tone of the problem. Virtually your entire guide is bathed in evening. It’s darkish, with deep shadows. Merino’s type of character suits the darker tone, it’s not cartoony in any respect, as a substitute he makes every part look extra real looking, characters have sharper options as a substitute of soppy ones, and provides a number of particulars to make issues look actual, like grips on swords and cracks in concrete. This goes properly with the darker vibe of the problem, because the group is searching a assassin and Robin is out for blood. 

Merino additionally does an amazing job together with a number of particulars in character’s uniforms. There’s fairly just a few shut photographs on Robin on this subject, and his outfit seems to be nice underneath Merino’s hand. He does a wonderful job with the folds of material, like on Robin’s cape or how the leather-based of his boots creases when he crouches. All these little particulars come collectively to each add some realism to the characters and make them a number of enjoyable to look at and discover. 

I do wish to point out that Batman has proven up twice now, as soon as final subject and once more this time. His inclusion feels slightly off. Each instances he’s been proven he actually hasn’t achieved a lot past simply fear over what Damian could be as much as and stand in his room. The final time we actually heard about Batman on this guide, it was when Child Flash referenced an off the web page struggle Damian and Batman had, that drove them aside. So why the sudden fear now? What occurred? There’s probably not a solution given as to what’s tipped him off now, making it really feel misplaced and included solely so now we have one thing that leads him to subsequent month’s annual.

Finally everybody comes collectively close to the tip when the group tries to cease Robin from killing KGBeast. In addition they confront Robin concerning the loss of life of Brother Blood, as all indicators level to it being Robin who did it.


Whereas Damian doesn’t say the phrases “I killed Brother Blood” he does admit that the accusations in opposition to him are true. 

What bothers me about this reveal is that he didn’t really say he killed him, and I’m left questioning if this can be a trick of some sort. Is Robin being dramatic and simply assuming Brother Blood’s loss of life in order that he could make a degree? Or did he actually do it? I actually want the guide would simply determine what they wish to do with Damian, as a substitute of continually waffling forwards and backwards.

Every little thing performs out on this scene the best way you’d think about it to. The group is rightfully indignant with Robin for being so violent and bent on attempting to kill off dangerous guys, and Robin insists he’s in the correct. It’s principally the identical track and dance we’ve seen again and again on this collection. It’s arduous to get excited for it or actually even really feel something after I’ve learn this earlier than, only a few months in the past. If I sound bored with it, it’s as a result of I’m. All of this merely looks like construct as much as the annual solicited for August, and admittedly I can’t wait till it’s over and we will –possibly; hopefully; please, I’m begging you– transfer on from all this and into another tales.  

Really helpful If

  • You wish to know who killed Brother Blood
  • Robin’s fall is attention-grabbing to you
  • You want the thought of the Titans going after Robin


For me, this subject by no means actually comes collectively as something extra that themes we’ve seen play out already. The entire Robin goes down a darkish path story has grown overly repetitive, and this subject does little to make it any extra attention-grabbing than what we’ve seen earlier than. The group has potential, and whereas I wish to take pleasure in their a part of the investigation at this level I’m so bored with the guide doing the identical factor again and again I simply need one thing new. Should you’re in search of an excellent group guide, I’d recommend wanting elsewhere for now. 

Score: four/10

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