[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artists: Phil Hester, Khoi Pham, Trevor Scott, Craig Yeung
Aqualad continues to search for answers as to the origins of his powers.
Unlike the past few issues, this book took a much more serious turn, which I absolutely loved. Aqualad’s story once again took center stage in this issue, and even though I haven’t been a fan of the story in the past, it grew on me in leaps and bounds in this issue. Percy’s writing and story direction with Aqualad and his origin was actually very interesting and genuinely surprising, two things I thought I wouldn’t have felt about this character a few issues ago.
But it wasn’t only Aqualad’s story that was interesting, the chemistry and dynamic relationships between all the teens was great. Whether it be Robin training Aqualad to use his powers, or Raven and Wally West sharing a rather emotional moment, it all just really worked so well in this issue.
The most entertaining part of the issue was definitely Beast Boy and Starfire stopping a car chase. No matter how I’ve ever felt about any other titans, Beast Boy has always been consistently entertaining and good for a laugh. Percy does a great job once again taking an animal morphing super hero, and humanizing him in a way that makes him so relatable, you can’t help but love to read about him. If DC Comics ever gives him a solo book written by Percy, pick it up.
The art in this issue was much better then previous issues, with a lot more consistent panels. Nothing really stands out as a “wow” page, just consistent with no real bad panels.
Maybe just a personal thing, but I would love to see more story with Beast Boy and Starfire. They are a dynamic team together, and should get more then a few pages in each issue.
Great story, with a fantastic twist that’ll set up the next issue very nicely.