TEEN TITANS ISSUE # 5 REVIEW – OVER BEFORE IT’S BEGUN.
CAN ANY OF THEM DEFEAT SUPERBOY?
“Follow my lead guys – – it’s our only chance!” – Red Robin
Issue five begins right where issue four left off, with the arrival of the Teen Titans (Kid Flash, Bunker and Solstice) led by Red Robin to save Wonder Girl from Superboy. Wonder Girl is down and the Titans have arrived just in time to hopefully stop Superboy who immediately uses his tactile telekinesis to throw the team away.
“I can move faster than the rest of these amateurs can pull up their pants!” – Kid Flash
Kid Flash moves into action against Red Robin’s orders and attacks Superboy. Superboy counterattacks with his psionic ability and makes Flash run faster than even he can handle. Luckily, Wonder Girl recovers and kicks him out of the whirlwind he created miles away to the Hudson River. Solstice grabs onto Flash while cutting off a deck of a US Navy Aircraft carrier currently anchored in the river so that they both land safely in the water and not into the carrier.
“Say a prayer that you and I never meet again.” – Superboy
Bunker does his best with his glowing purple psionic hands but quickly falls to Superboy’s might. Meanwhile, Mr. Templar commands, via holographic projection, his N.O.W.H.E.R.E. surveillance team to continue to monitor the situation located in a nearby Hot Potato’s delivery truck.
“You’re nothing to them Superboy!” – Red Robin
Red Robin steps in and takes down Superboy quickly with a shot of electricity that severs his suits monitoring system so that N.O.W.H.E.R.E. loses their connection. Superboy retaliates and takes Robin down after hearing a long speech from him of how he will never stop fighting the good fight to take out N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and that Superboy is being used as their slave. Wonder Girl and Solstice also fall to Superboy as they also try to reach him to get out of the clutches of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. Solstice mentions Culling day which we also read about in Superboy issue 5 before Superboy head-butts and knocks her out.
“I’ve done enough damage.” – Superboy
Issue ends with Superboy dumping the N.O.W.H.E.R.E. surveillance truck into the river and heads home without Wonder Girl to get answers about him and N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’s motives from Templar as the Teen Titans are left unconscious in the street.
This was a fun issue as Superboy made it all look too easy as he was able to take and give back punishment from each member of the Titans. I was very impressed on how well the story flowed as Lobdell threw in “The Culling” scenario which ties into everything that is going on in Superboy’s own magazine. I still think this Culling will also bring about the spin-off THE RAVAGERS in May. Lobdell did a nice job of having the team try and turn Superboy over to the good guy side and it looks like they succeeded since the DC Comics website previews up to issue seven pretty much give it away.
Booth, Rapmund and Dalhouse did a great job of choreographing the battle. I was impressed with splash pages two and three as Superboy launches his attack on the team. All the characters really shined here and there were no lags in the art. Cover art was good as it captured exactly what was to be featured in the book. I give it 4 stars for moving the story forward, continuing Superboy’s emotional issues and bringing the team closer together. It would have been 5 if it was not so obvious how this issue was set-up to get Superboy to the good side. Here is next issues preview from DC Comics: In the aftermath of their battle with Superboy, the Teen Titans make a horrifying discovery: Kid Flash has been knocked out of synch! If they are going to save their teammate, the badly beaten and battered teens need to sneak into the New York branch of S.T.A.R. Labs – which means that this issue guest-stars none other than Virgil Hawkins, a.k.a. Static! But if the team was hoping to use the lab for some downtime, they are going to be disappointed, because now they must battle a new, young team of supervillains known only as 2.0! All this and the debut of Kid Flash’s new costume!