The latest issue of the Teen Titans is the third part of the Terminus Agenda, a crossover storyline with Deathstroke. That being said, only the last couple of pages of the issue deal directly with that plot.
Surprisingly, that’s not such a bad thing. These kinds of crossovers are, obviously, intended to increase readership. The Teen Titans captured Deathstroke in the second chapter, in that villain’s book, and he remains incarcerated in Robin’s personal prison in this one. Maybe something changes in relation to that near the end of the issue. Maybe not.
The bulk of the issue, therefore, is not really about Deathstroke, or even the prison. Adam Glass takes the opportunity to develop and explore his characters. It’s a great time to do so. In realistic terms, there ought to be a “down time” between the events of Terminus Agenda. Throwing the team after some other villain for a quick adventure might have been a choice, but Glass opted for a more interesting route.
Roundhouse continues to grow on me, and gets two very good scenes in this story. We find out more about him and his costume, and he has a great conversation with Crush. The two are certainly not an obvious pair to put together in a scene, but this one really works. Bernard Chang’s art gives Roundhouse some great expressions. The following scene, which I won’t say a word about, did not play out as I expected, and was beautifully executed visually.
This series is so well balanced, character and action, comedy and intensity. I remember being very impressed with Glass’ first stories, then it feeling a bit shaky, but finding it’s footing soon after. Now this has become a book I am comfortable relying on.