Raven: Each assassin chose us as an individual target because of what we represent.
Kid Flash: Hope.
Beast Boy: Super sexiness.
Beast Boy: What?
Teen Titans #3 slows down to allow the characters for some more social interactions and comedy. While on the one hand a moment to slow down here is good, I’m not really sold on the execution. A lot of the issue is focused on the team sitting around the campfire and getting to know each other through a dialogue that often feels deliberately exposition-heavy to make new readers get a better understanding of the characters, their role, and motivations …. Which sounds oddly familiar, now that you think about it.
While the expositions happen, I’m actually enjoying some of the interactions. Kid Flash especially takes the spotlight, be it with a comedic scene of Robin removing tracking device Mara planted on him, to him being reassuring voice to Damian, once he starts wallowing in guilt too much and actually reaching to Raven, curious how her powers work. I think Wally is actually one of the strong points of this series or at least one with the biggest potential. You see, we saw interactions between different versions of Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy – multiple comics, three cartoons and elseworlds. Damian also had at least some interactions with these characters in Pre-Flashpoint Universe and at least one animated adaptation. As such the biggest obstacle this book faces is, in my opinion, to reach the bar set by those older stories. But this Wally, now that he is officially separate character from pre-Flashpoint Wally and not a different version of him, doesn’t really have this problem. He never really interacted with any of those people, so he is an unknown that not only opens an entirly new field of interactions to explore but might completely change the dynamics we knew in previous interpretations. I suspect that once Jackson King joins the team, he might have the same effect.
What I didn’t like was how rushed the latter part of the story felt, the one where Damian decides he made a mistake to kidnap and put at risk people who were so quick to forgive him and is now willing to join back with Ras if it means they’ll lives will be spared. I mean, Damian knew them for what, few hours? He went from “I have no friends” to “I’ll sacrifice everything to save my friends” in no time. Maybe this is a theme that some writers try to push for him, that once he starts to care about people, he’s almost eager to sacrifice himself for them. Robin War did it as well, but Robin War was a mess, so I don’t know what to feel here.
Also, we’re getting some backstory on Demon’s Fist’s leader, Mara. Who is Damian’s cousin by being the daughter of Dusan, Ras’ exiled son (and as weak as my Batman lore is, this guy is apparently a real deal) and has an inferiority complex, because Damian was always better than her. I think she makes a good foil to Damian. Mostly by being an awful leader who treats her teammates like tools and would probably let Penance to die if Stone didn’t like her.
Koi Pham replaces Jonboy Meyers as the artist(after the latter left over creative differences and Marvel snatched him for Inhumans) and sadly, it’s a step down. Don’t get me wrong, he clearly tries his best and this effort shows, but the transition from one artist to the other needs a moment to get used to.
TEEN TITANS #5
Written by BENJAMIN PERCY • Art by KHOI PHAM and WADE VON GRAWBADGER • Cover by JONBOY MEYERS • Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“Damian Knows Best” finale! The final showdown between the Teen Titans and the Demon’s Fist is here! Will the Teen Titans rally behind their little leader? And will Ra’s al Ghul let anyone walk away alive?
On sale FEBRUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
i’ve been rereading rrr lately and tbh i love the intersection between dipper who recently and intimately remembers what it’s like to be human and has no trouble keeping up the masquerade (because of those pseudo-reincarnated twelve years where human was all he knew) but at the same time is in full possession and knowledge of his centuries of demonic power and influence and can, if he so wishes, go from Dipper (Pines) Sterling, well-meaning but awkward kid with a weirdly formal dress sense, to Alcor the fucking Dreambender, Destroyer of Souls, Bringer of Nightmares, with enough power to end the world a dozen times over if he wanted to, and in doing so completely freak out anyone who knew him as an awkward bab and not a nigh-omniscient dream demon
Blood gushed out of the large wound on your abdomen. Slipping in and out of consciousness you cursed yourself for going on this hunt alone.
Your friend Bobby had told you about this case but he said you should wait for two friends of his to come. But being the idiot you were you went alone. This resulted in you walking straight into a trap, causing you to get tied up and tortured.
Hours passed, or maybe it were minutes or even seconds, you couldn’t tell. Due to the pain you were to weak to struggle so you just sat limp in the chair.
You could hear the demon laughing in a corner of the dark room. He started walking towards you again, knife in hand.
You whimpered and shut your eyes, praying for someone to rescue you.
“Such a shame to ruin such a beautiful face.” The demon said as his fist collided with your jaw.
"Then stop hurting her.” A man said, firing his gun at your captor. You opened your eyes to see three men had busted through the door. The first one was quite short with beautiful green eyes, next to him was a really tall man with half long hair.
Even though both these men were really attractive it was the third one that really caught your eye. His big blue eyes stared at you, slight worry was visible on his face.
The sound of them fighting the demon was the last thing you heard before you blacked out.
The world spun around you, after you blinked a few times you finally got a clear view of the room you were in. You slowly sat up, taking in your surroundings. Strangely enough there wasn’t any sign of the torture you had been through.
“Easy there, you were hardly breathing when we found you. That demon got you pretty bad.” It was the tall one, he softly sat down on the side of the bed.
"I’m Sam by the way, my brother dean and I saved you, with the help of our friend Castiel.” he continued “you’re Y/n, right? Bobby told us to go on a hunt with you but you were already gone when we reached your hotel room.”
"Yeah sorry about that, but how is it possible for me to be completely healed?” You asked confused.
"I healed you.” You looked up to see the blue eyed man from before. This time however you noticed his beautiful black wings.
"What are you?”
"My name is Castiel, I am an angel of the lord.” Your eyes grew large as you let his words sink in.
"That explains the wings.” This time it was his turn to look shocked.
"You can see my wings?” He asked dumbfound.
"Well, yeah. Can’t they?” You asked referring to Sam and the other man.
"No, we can’t.” Sam answered.
"Is it a bad thing?” By now who you assumed was Dean had entered the room too.
"That depends on how you look at it.” Dean said smirking.
"What do you mean?” You weren’t sure if it was the torture you had been through that caused your head to throb or the confusion of this conversation, but your head was pounding.
"This means we’re soulmates.” Cas said in his monotone voice, but you couldn’t help but notice something different in his tone. You weren’t sure, but you thought you could hear a hint of hope.
“I think I’m gonna look at this from the bright side.” You winked. (A/n get it? Bright side? You know, ‘cause he’s an angel and stuff? Alright I’ll stop)
Written by BENJAMIN PERCY • Art by KHOI PHAM and WADE VON GRAWBADGER • Cover by JONBOY MEYERS • Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. “Damian Knows Best” finale! The final showdown between the Teen Titans and the Demon’s Fist is here! Will the Teen Titans rally behind their little leader? And will Ra’s al Ghul let anyone walk away alive? On sale FEBRUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
okay but what if in the next trials of apollo book Calypso gets to meet Aunt Rosa, what if Calypso tries to hard to hold in the anger when Rosa calls Leo a ‘demon’. her fist clenched, her teeth gritting. Imagine, at one point a small growl releases from her mouth Apollo notices right away but then Rosa goes ‘how did you even get out of that sewer anyway?’ and Calypso loses it and slaps the older woman and leo is super shocked and Apollo’s soul leaves his body. and Calypso looks this woman dead in the eye and goes ‘you can rot in hell you piece of crap, Leo doesn’t need you anymore. Leo, Apollo, we’re leaving’ and the newly appointed mortal grabs her boyfriend and drags him out the door and apollo is like ‘what.did.you.just.do?” and then once they get to a safe distance apollo is like’ you can’t jsut…. assault mortals like that? You still have Titan blood in your venis. you could get send back to that-’ Calypso then replies ‘do i get points for acting like i care?’ and apollo can only reply with ‘i’m so done’
Teen Titans Rebirth #1 preview featuring Raven from a CBR interview with Benjamin Percy. The Interview didn’t tell us anything I haven’t covered in yesterday post, except one thing. Ras Al Ghul started his own assassin school, called Demon’s Fist. The name sounds more like a Heavy Metal band to be honest. Maybe Titans will beat Ras in a battle of the bands?