Teen Titans 21 seems to back down from the edginess that the reboot promised. Don’t get me wrong, this is a decent issue, and it takes some very interesting turns. But it’s definitely more peaceable than I had been expecting.
The Titans are dealing with Gizmo, and though taking him down proves easy enough, they are challenged by a bomb the villain has placed.
While the team, on the whole, is content to let Gizmo die in his own explosion, Kid Flash now argues against this callous behaviour. I guess he has lost the angry drive he had in the Special. Perhaps it’s for the best, it didn’t really suit him anyway.
But where I had genuine problems was with Djinn and Robin. We learn that Djinn requires a “master” in order to perform most of her magic, and she entrusts Damien with the ring needed to do this. That looked like a bad idea right from the get-go, but Robin displays an unusual amount of responsibility in acquiring this power.
Perhaps he will display his ruthlessness later, and make Djinn regret her action. I am certainly hoping that is where this is going.
The ending to the issue is quite strong, and was not at all what I was expecting. That was a definite plus, and Roundhouse continues to be my favourite of the new characters. Crush is still mostly used for comedic effect, but that’s fine. Her time will come, I am sure.
So not a bad issue, but definitely not as hard edged as the book had looked to be.