The latest issue of Teen Titans is the first part of The Terminus Agenda, a storyline that will cross over in Deathstroke. So it’s not too surprising that the story sees Robin lead his team against the villain, a longtime foe of most incarnations of the Titans.
And though there is a fair amount of action, and a great battle with Deathstroke, I cannot help but notice that, once again, Glass really excels not with those plot elements, but with the characterization of the heroes.
Damien Wayne is already suffering some personal doubts about the secret prison that he runs. Not that he would ever express those feelings to his teammates, even if they knew about the prison. The contrast between Damien’s dreams at the start of the story, and his behaviour when around the team, speaks volumes about the boy, and rounds his character out better than a lot of other writers have done.
Kid Flash also gets some good development. Of the established Titans characters, Kid Flash has had the hardest time fitting in with this group. Sometimes he is just as fervent in his pursuit of criminals as Red Arrow, but other times he leans towards Roundhouse, taking a more positive approach to fighting crime.
In this story, Kid Flash is on the same page as Robin when it comes to dealing with Deathstroke, at least at the start of tale. By the end, things have changed.
But I won’t say any more than that. This is a very good first chapter, and even though I often don’t read Deathstroke, the conclusion of this issue ensures that I have to pick up the next chapter of the crossover.