I’ve been a little hedgey on the last few issues of Teen Titans. While I enjoyed the overall stories, I was feeling a bit disappointed that the edginess of Glass’ first issues had been decreasing.
This latest issue brings back the intensity that Glass began with, both in terms of the action of the tale, and the interactions of the team.
All but the last couple of pages of this story take place as continuous action, with the team trapped beneath a building. Only Crush’s strength is keeping them all from being, umm, crushed. While they try to figure out a way to escape and survive, the simmering tensions among the group bubble over.
Kid Flash, in particular, really loses his cool with Robin. He has had every reason to do so, and his explosive anger feels very natural. But the one that the Titans really turn on is Djinn.
None of them have any real grasp of her powers, and they are certain that she would be able to save them all if she wanted. Her reluctance to do so just amps up the anger, and makes things very difficult for Robin, the only one truly on Djinn’s side.
Chang’s art is just perfect on this story. Gritty and intense, he repeatedly chooses excellent camera angles to heighten the emotions and the danger. Even the cover works as a perfect intro to the building collapse.
This is definitely one of the better issues of Glass’ run. Even the epilogue doesn’t lose any of the tension that has been built throughout the rest of the story.