Teen Titans 31 really gives Bernard Chang a chance to shine.
There has been a fair bit of character development, and the previous issue really pitted the members of the team against each other, in terms of loyalty and trust. This issue is more of an all-out action bonanza, as Lobo comes to Earth, looking for his daughter, Crush.
Yes, that does mean there is less going on with the tensions mounting within the team, though this does get touched on. But it’s not really a drawback, as the external violence in this issue sort of mirrors the internal, emotional violence that is fracturing the team.
Besides, every once in a while it’s fun to read a big battle blowout, and there are few characters better suited to this than Lobo. I do appreciate the slight acknowledgment made of the Infanticide miniseries from many years back, in which Lobo killed off the rest of his children. It just means that he has no qualms about getting rid of Crush.
Chang makes the most of the situation and fight scenes, though a wide variety of great camera angels and dynamic illustrations. There is even a bit of a build up, with the conflict gaining in intensity, working its way up to the deadly use of a subway car.
The fact that the problems rending the team are still causing friction just raises the stakes for the following issue. The Teen Titans are barely able to stand each other, yet have to work together to survive Lobo’s next assault. I expect it will be another winner.