The shipping list holds basically steady this week, with the always entertaining Teen Titans and two installments of a three-part crossover that evidently grew into four parts with Batman and Gotham City Sirens.
Teen Titans #94
Last month’s issue kicked off the adventure of the entire spring for the Teen Titans. Following up on plot threads introduced in this winter’s Wonder Girl one-shot, the team traveled to the border region between Pakistan and India. There, both Wonder Girl’s mother and the parents of a new hero named Solstice (who was introduced to Wonder Girl in the aforementioned one-shot) are engaged in archaeological studies of the ancient ruins. The Titans arrived last issue due to a distress call from Wonder Girl’s mother, pursuant to the events we saw at the end of the Wonder Girl special, where Solstice’s parents went missing.
Last issue was a well-crafted book. J.T. Krul proves that he must have learned something about writing dialogue during his time working on the set of Seinfeld (that’s not a joke; look it up), as that was one of the strongest points of an already solid issue. Writing teenage heroes is always a balancing act for comic writers, simply because those teenage years were quite some time ago for most of them. However, Krul manages to avoid the missteps that so many others make, such as too much melodrama (to the point that it’s just not believable) or heavy-handed attempts to shoehorn “current” teenage slang into the dialogue. That’s not to say there isn’t melodrama, because there certainly is (Superboy and Wonder Girl’s romantic tension, Superboy and Red Robin discussing leadership roles, Ravager manipulating Kid Flash’s overeager flirtatiousness, etc.); it’s just lightly done and in the proper amount.