Title: Teen Titans (2016-) #20 | Publisher: DC | Script: Adam Glass
Pencils: Bernard Chang | Inks: Bernard Chang | Colors: Marcele Maiolo
Publication Date: July 25, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Batman has no idea what he’s doing. Superman? Not a clue. Wonder Woman? Whatever. Damian Wayne is Robin, and he’s done with the bleeding-heart approach favored by the heroes of the senior circuit. New plan of action: recruit a new Teen Titans. Kid Flash, Red Arrow and newbies Roundhouse, D’jinn and…wait, Lobo has a daughter? That’ll end well. And then build something in secret deep beneath the new Teen Titans HQ. Secret from his teammates, secret from even Batman. It’s a secret that will change the way you look at Robin forever!
It should come as no surprise that Robin, Damian Wayne, does not approve of his Superman, or his father’s methods of fighting crime and keeping criminals at bay. To combat the ‘bleeding-heart’ approach favored by DC’s heavy hitters, Robin has assembled a new team of Teen Titans and plans to change the way heroes handle villains.
Robin’s new team: Kid Flash, Red Arrow, Roundhouse, D’jinn, and Crush (Lobo’s Daughter?), feels incomplete, and certain members feel unnecessary. Assembling an unbalanced team complete with dead-weight (Roundhouse), is out of character for Damian Wayne. And it is my concern that writer Adam Glass will have to use precious script time explaining why the members of this team work well together rather than progressing the story along in a direction that interests readers.
With that said, Glass’ writing, from page to page and from panel to panel, is strong and sharp and moves that story at a pace that generates momentum. Robin’s dark plan is also quite interesting, but it is not without obvious flaws. Unfortunately, readers aren’t made aware of this secret until the issue’s final scene. Regardless of when interest in future issues is generated, interest is generated.
I’m unsure if this team will work out, but there is potential. Time will tell…
The Bottom Line:
Robin has assembled a new team of Teen Titans, and while said team has some potential, it’s still too early to tell whether their potential will amount to anything. Adam Glass wastes no time getting this story started, and Bernard Chang’s illustrations work well enough, but something is missing..