Sunday, June 26, 2005

TEEN TITANS #25

The middle of a giant tuchus-kicking brawl seems like an odd place to do expository work on Wonder Girl, but, hey, Geoff Johns is Continuity Cop now (yes, we do appreciate the irony). So right before she administers electroshock therapy to her boyfriend is as good a time as any to announce that Cassie's not a girl, but not yet a woman.

In all seriousness, Cassie did carry her weight in the issue far better than last time, when she was little more than a teary-eyed punching bag for Conner. The same holds true for the rest of the Teen Titans, who rebound well from last issue's destruction. Except for Vic, who is still a bucket of parts, but that's probably for the best as he doesn't want to be around for any recollections of Teen Titans going rogue because of faulty programming (JLA/Titans: The Technis Imperative).

The Outsiders, as per their usual routine, are fighting the last war. They are reacting to Indigo's betrayal instead of dealing with its consequences, bickering among each other instead of solving any problem, and then have the nerve to try pulling rank on the Teen Titans. For that they get slapped down and then shown up by Cassie, who makes the hard choice. Whether Shift will do so over in Outsiders is at Judd Winick's discretion.

Overall, the better half of this crossover has been in Teen Titans. Foreboding-laden exposition by Brainiacs aside, Lex Luthor gets most of the good lines, I found it really hard not to giggle at the prospect of Conner getting turned good and evil like a light switch with the magic words, and it would have been a little nicer if we weren't being knocked upside the head every third panel with harbingers of Donna Troy's return, but if that had to be anywhere, it was going to be here. (Just why in the middle of a story about Conner...)

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