Review – Teen Titans Rebirth #6: “The Rise of Aqualad”

  • Writer: Benjamin Percy
  • Artist: Khoi Pham
  • Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
  • Cover Artist: Khoi Pham & Jim Charalampidis

With the Ra’s al ghul event behind them the Teen Titans are on R and R for the moment, but that doesn’t last for long when a mysterious figure beings to make a move against them.

The start of the issue we get a clue of the possible antagonist in the upcoming arc, in Del Sur Penitentiary north of San Francisco there’s a breakout and the unknown jailer escapes by jumping into sea after blowing a hole in the walk of his or her cell, I’m pretty sure the person behind this is the main villain so now its just a matter of time when he or she will reveal themselves.

Majority of the issue focuses on Aqulad’s backstory, while the Titans are dealing with a surprise interview from Bonnie Chung of Kare 7 News which was setup by beast boy, we see Jackson Hyde (Aqulad) in his room playing around with his abilities. His mother enters and schools him about using his powers in the open, she is worried about the danger it’ll cause if the public knew who he was. Like most teenagers with powers he struggles with keeping it a secret from his friends. So one night Aqulad decides to reveal his powers to his friend Kenny thinking that it would matter to him, but Kenny rejects him and ends their friendship immediately.

Meanwhile things pick up back at Titan tower with Bonnie Chung finishing her interview with the Teen Titans and is about to leave but something grabs her and takes her to an underwater prison underneath Alcatraz. With Bonnie Chung missing the Titans jump to action, they search and scout area around Alcatraz and come up with nothing, until Beast Boy encounters King Shark, who was the inmate that was hint to escaped in the beginning of the issue.

Conclusion: This was an opener for the upcoming arc the flow of this issue was a little smoother. Like most arcs reaching its conclusion there’s going to be an issue featuring some down time, where the team or individual is doing non-hero actives. However, we do get an introduction of Aqulad, many fans express their concerns about the arc focusing too much on Damian, but this issue doesn’t, and that’s a good sign for future issues.

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Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Review – Teen Titans #5: Damian vs Ra’s Al Ghul

  • Writer: Benjamin Percy
  • Artist: Khoi Pham
  • Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
  • Cover Artist:
  • Khoi Pham & Jim Charalampidis

In the last issue, we left off with the Teen Titans finding and breaking Robin (Damian Wayne) free from his cell Ra’s al Ghul’s teen assassins Demon Fist put him in, and like classic Damian fashion he blows off with arrogance, I like that fact that Damian still struggles with his old self, it makes his character more interesting, especially when he and Mara confront each other, that is when you see how much has character has changed from when he first arrived, while Mara looks for her grandfather’s approval Damian sees his grandfather for what he is, and that’s crazy mad man who’s willing to use his own family to achieve his goal, When Ras and Mara are together he shows no empathy towards her.

The Demon Fist on the other hand realize this and start to question everything the League of Assassins has taught them, when Damian and company confront them, he informs them of how they were stolen from their families and raise to serve Ra’s. The members of Demon Fist question Ra’s about what Robin has told them, Ra’s doesn’t deny any of it, instead he has the league of assassins attack them. Together the Teen Titans and Demon Fist take out the League ninjas with no problem, at the same time Damian goes one on one with Ra’s, and actually holds his own against his grandfather, the rest of the Titans jump in to help Damian which causes Ra’s to retreat, throughout the fight Mara seems to be conflicted on what she should do, Damian tries to convince his cousin to come with him and for a second it looked like she would have, but Ra’s al Ghul intervenes and takes Mara with him as he escapes.

When it’s all said, and done the Teen Titans and the members of Demon Fist say their goodbyes to one another and everything seems to be good, but then Batman appears and questions Damian about the events that have just transpired, confuse of his father’s appearance Damian asks his father how did he know where to find him and its hinted that Damián’s pet bat was the reason, the issue ends with Batman asking Damian to return to Gotham with him, but Damian decides to stay and be part of the Teen Titans. In the final panel 3 months has past and we see Damian is standing on top of the Titan Tower alone, that’s until the rest of the team joins him, and together they look over the city of San Francisco

Conclusion: I really enjoy Benjamin Percy’s run with the Teen Titans, there’s a good amount of character disposition and action so far, and with Ra’s al Ghul conflict over I’m looking forward to what’s coming next in future issues

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Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Teen Titans #4: A Trial by Combat

  • Writer: Benjamin Percy
  • Artist: Khoi Pham
  • Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
  • Cover Artist: Jonboy Meyers

In order to save the Teen Titans, Robin returns too Infinity Island with Ra’s al Ghul and the league of assassins. His cousin Mara and the Demon Fist also arrive and she challenges Damian to a trial by combat with the winner taking control of the league, meanwhile the Titans are at odds with Damian’s decision, especially Kid Flash.

Damian has always had a superiority complex towards the Teen Titans so when he sacrificed himself for the team it didn’t come across as a noble gesture to Kid Flash, it just seen like he was saving his own skin. The voice of reason came in this moment was Beast Boy, he reminds the team of Tim Drake’s death and how losing a Robin once again is something the team can’t have happen, so in honor of Tim they agree to go save the new Robin.

Back on the Infinity Island Damian prepares to face Mara in combat, before they start Mara begins to chastise Damian which initiates the fight, Damian displays his superiority in skill to Mara, he easily defeats her but refuses to kill her. This moment of weakness gives Mara a chance to recover and stab Damian in the back.

The Titans on the other hand infiltrate the Island in their attempt to save Robin, at the same time the Demon Fist members lock Damian in a cell and begin to talk about Mara, they know Mara only looks at them as tools not as team, one of the members Stone acknowledges Damian’s sacrifice for his team and states maybe they would be better off with Damian as leader not Mara.

Issue ends with the Titans finding Damian and breaking him out his cell.

Conclusion: Damian has shown a lot of growth as character, the fact that he’s fully committed to the Teen Titans shows this growth. Ra’s al Ghul is doing his best to try and turn Damian against the titans, even Bruce Wayne. Although the Titans don’t see Damian the same way they did Tim Drake, however they do respect him as their leader and as Robin.

Links: Order (Digital)

Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆