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It was supposed to be the end. 
     But we weren’t ready to let go.
          Not without a fight.....             We’re the line between survival... And extinction.      We are Guardians. And Guardians don’t flee... They fight.
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Raven: Each assassin chose us as an individual target because of what we represent.

Starfire: Light.

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

“Greetings, Tower. This is Ikora Rey with a friendly reminder for our Titan colleagues celebrating victory in the Crucible: it’s ‘fist bumping,’ not ‘fist punching.’”

- Ikora Rey

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