Teen Titans

Dark Nights: Teen Titans #12

Teen Titans 12 coverWith any mega-event these days, there are going to be tie-in issues.  Sometimes those are one-shots or a separate mini-series, and sometimes they are standard issues of other series.  With this event, Dark Nights is the all-encompassing title for the event, and Metal is the title of the main mini-series book.  With that, for summaries and reviews, Metal will receive its own post, and then any tie-ins will be grouped together.  It just so happens that there is only one this week, Teen Titans #12, which is part 1 of the “Gotham Resistance” story line.

If you’re a reader of Teen Titans, then you’ll know that Robin hasn’t been getting along with the rest of the team, and that is brought up here.  It doesn’t really mean anything for the rest of the issue, but it’s there for some background.  The Teen Titans land in Gotham, finding that rings have been set up all around the city.  While the rest of the Teen Titans are trying to help people, Robin goes in search of his father and enters a maze.  (more…)


The Lazarus Contract – A Titans story, teen and otherwise

The Lazarus Contract was a 4-part story involving the Titans, the Teen Titans, and Deathstroke.  Story and scripts by Dan Abnett, Benjamin Percy, and Christopher Priest.  Art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Phil Hester, Khoi Pham, Wade Von Grawbadger, Roberto, Viacava, Carlo Pagulayan, Paul Pelletier, and Andrew Hennessy.

The story starts with a flashback as the Titans are taking on Ravager, Deathstroke’s son Grant.  During the battle, Ravager dies of an apparent heart attack.  Deathstroke carries him off vowing revenge.  There’s a jump to three days ago, where Deathstroke was in the hospital after a cornea transplant, because apparently he had been completely blind, or something.  (Notes say Deathstroke 12-18, I don’t read Deathstroke.)  He tells Wintergreen to get the jet ready to go to New York.

The Titans are fighting a group that looks like H.I.V.E., but isn’t.  They tell Nightwing that that Lazarus says the deal is off, but no one has any idea what that means.  During this, Wally disappears.  Jump to now, the Titans are searching for Wally,  Nightwing continues to deny that he knows any thing about Lazarus or a contract.  Omen is certain that he’s lying to her.  Meanwhile, Wally is stuck on a treadmill, being interrogated by a mystery voice that ends up being Deathstroke.  He tries to learn about Wally’s life in the time stream and in a different life.  Deathstroke says he has a deal for him.  He wants Wally to travel back in time to save his son.  If Wally does this, Deathstroke promises that he will give up being Deathstroke.  Wally declines this, because of time travel stuff, and Deathstroke shows he has a contingency plan.  He shows that he has the New52 Wally West from the Teen Titans.  (For simplicity, he shall be called Wally (TT).)  (more…)

On Very Special issues

In my last post, I commented on a moment at the close of Teen Titans #1 in which the character Bunker took a moment to soapbox a bit on a comment someone made that he saw as derogatory against gay people.  The scene, in its entirety, is below:

bunker1 bunker2 bunker3When I picked up the issue, I had no idea who Bunker was.  I had skipped the Scott Lobdell Titans run and he did not exist before that book launched with the New 52.  But with this moment, I immediately thought “Oh, this is the gay character.”  And I don’t mean that derogatory – but with the purple and pink outfit, the earrings coming juuuust below the mask, and then the speech, it was obvious.

So I looked up Bunker on Wikipedia and learned that not only was he indeed gay, but had been created specifically to be “the gay character”.  It’s one of those oft-touted things that comic companies do to reach out and show how forward-thinking they are.  Like launching an entire X-Men team of females or announcing in big bold print that the new Ms. Marvel is Muslim.

And really, there’s nothing wrong with that.  A team like Teen Titans should have a gay character in there if his presence is justified than more than simply “he’s the gay one”.  Of course, if you’re going for good representation, you might want to toss in someone who’s not white.  I suppose Bunker is Mexican, so he fills two minority spots.

So okay, Bunker’s cool.  What’s my problem with this scene?


DC Nation – 9/29/12

Today we have the season 2 premiere of Green Lantern, titled “The New Guy,” in which Hal returns to Earth to find that there’s a new Green Lantern running around.  Today’s episode of Young Justice is titled “Satisfaction.”

Green Lantern:  The Animated Series – “The New Guy”
There’s a crack in space, and something (Anti-Monitor) floats through it.  He drifts down to a planet, and destroys a ship that tells him he can’t be there.  It then reactivates Manhunter robots.  Hal Jordan returns to Earth, and tells Carol Ferris that he won.  He asks if they can start again, and wants to get back to work.  Carol tells him that since he’s been gone for months, she had to replace him.  Mid discussion, Hal sees a news report about a broken crane, and leaves to help, after setting dinner plans with Carol.  He arrives at the construction site in order to save a worker, but another Green Lantern stops the crane from falling.  Guy Gardner is the new Lantern.  Guy tells Hal that the Guardians sent him in as a replacement.  They decide to talk Guardian business over hot wings at a place called McDuffie’s (Dwayne).  Guy convinces Hal to call the Guardians and tell them off.  Hal starts, but finds that Guy is real friendly with the Guardians.  Hal, not happy about being replaced, and they come to blows.  Their fight is stopped by a news report about unearthly energy coming from an archeological dig.  They find markings that translate into “No man escapes the Manhunters,” and find 3 of robots.  The Manhunters attack them.  Hal reports in to Salaak, who tells him that if they are active, then they need to be destroyed or else they’ll exterminate everyone on Earth.  The Manhunters break through to the surface.  While Hal and Guy are fighting 2 of the Manhunters, the third spots a town, and detects emotions.  Working together, they are able to destroy the Manhunters, and have a bonding moment.  Hal gets a call from Carol an hour and a half after their dinner plans, and Carol tells him that it’s better for both of them if they just move on.  Salaak contacts Hal, and tells him to report to the Guardian chamber at one.  The Guardians tell him that he will no longer be Green Lantern of Sector 2814, and instead, has been promoted to honor guard, patrolling all of Guardian space.  (more…)

Crossover Madness

This month’s “Crossover Madness” features the story “The Insiders,” which ran in Teen Titans and The Outsiders.  From what I know, having not read the full run of these books, this seems to be a culmination of the story that launched these titles.  Back in the day, Robin, Superboy, Kid Flash, and Wonder Girl were all running around in the wonderful book Young Justice.  (Written by Peter David, a must read.)  That series ended with a mini-series/crossover with Titans called “Graduation Day,” in which the major thing to happen was the death of Donna Troy.  Stemming from those events, the Teen Titans and Outsiders were relaunched as teams (and titles).

The Insiders

Issues:  Teen Titans #24-25, Outsiders #24-25

Writers:  Geoff Johns (Teen Titans), Judd Winick (Outsiders)

Artists:  Matthew Clark (Teen Titans), Carlos D’Anda

Having recently found out that he’s a clone of Superman and Lex Luthor, Superboy struggles with who he really is.  He talks with Robin about Raven not knowing if he has a soul.  Robin tries to reassure him, but Superboy is certain that if he does have a soul, it’s from Luthor and is corrupted.  He asks Robin to gather everyone together because he wants to talk to them.  Superboy is preparing to join the others, when a whistle happens.  Embedded in this whistle is a message only Superboy can hear.  It’s from Luthor, and contains a phrase that activates programming within Superboy.  Superboy shaves his head, and cuts an “L” into his shirt.  Superboy enters the room with the others, and attacks them.  He rips Cyborg apart, Wonder Girl is knocked out, and Robin gets his arm broken.  Superboy hears another whistle and flies off.  The Outsiders are discussing who amongst them could be a traitor when they receive a distress call from the Teen Titans, reporting that Superboy has turned on them.  At this, Indigo freaks out and attacks the team.  (more…)

DC Nation – 6/2/12

Welcome to this week’s edition of DC Nation.  With last week’s season finale of Green Lantern, there was only a new episode of Young Justice.  Today’s episode of Young Justice is titled “Bloodlines.”  A speedster from the future comes to the present on a mission.  The short segments included part 2 of the story featuring The Atom, and a new Teen Titans cartoon.  There was likely a third thing in there, but since Green Lantern was a rerun, my DVR did not record it.

Young Justice:  Invasion – “Bloodlines”
February 28.  Nightwing is going through Krolotaen intel gathered by Martian Manhunter that says they were searching for a metagene.  Nightwing is interrupted when a device materializes within the cave.  Out pops someone who takes the name Impulse.  Eventually, Nightwing is able to subdue Impulse.  Red Arrow and Cheshire continue they’re search for the real Roy Harper.  Impulse says his name is Bart Allen, and he’s from the future.  Impulse tries to prove who is by knowing Nightwing and Robin’s real names, which is news to Beast Boy.  Someone arrives at the cave, and Impulse takes the opportunity to vibrate out of his cuffs and escapes.  Nightwing tracks Impulse to Central City, and warns Barry Allen that Impulse.  Impulse gets to Barry, and calls him grandpa.  Barry questions how this is possible since he doesn’t have any kids, and Iris tells him she’s pregnant.  Wally West also shows up, having been called by Nightwing.  Iris gets a call from her boss at GBS, informing her that there’s a new villain downtown calling for Flash’s blood.  Impulse tries to convince Flash to let the League handle things, but Flash runs off.  Impulse chases off after him.  Flash and Impulse are unable to get close to this guy, Neutron, because of a wave he is emitting.  Apparently, this villain is being controlled by the Krolotaens.  Red Arrow and Cheshire try to infiltrate a building, but are captured.  (more…)