Deathstroke And Robin Shatter The Team In Teen Titans #29
by Josh Davison
We return to Kid Flash’s discovery of Robin’s ad hoc prison in the basement of Teen Titans HQ. Wallace is far from happy about it, but Robin convinces him to keep it under wraps lest Deathstroke get lose. In the present, Kid Flash still has trouble coming to grips with the discovery, and he drops some hints about it to Roundhouse. Elsewhere, Robin gets a little too violent in his training with Red Arrow. This prompts Emiko to pay Slade a visit. Meanwhile, Crush is grappling with her own feelings for Djinn.
Teen Titans #29 shows the chilling effect that Deathstroke is having on the team. The schisms that were already there are intensifying, and it looks like the Teen Titans may shatter before Slade Wilson is done with them.
Frankly, it’s hard not to enjoy how conniving and manipulative this makes Deathstroke seem that he’s able to play the Teen Titans with such little effort and physical input. When we see Slade in this issue, he’s till trapped in the wire restraints Robin and Red Arrow put him in.
Hormones and young romance play a large role in this issue too. Both Robin and Crush seem to have the hots for Djinn. I can’t really get mad about it, as it makes sense, adds some character texture to the members, and is largely well-written.
Bernard Chang’s artwork continues to be a brilliant fit for the Teen Titans. The texturing is good, the costumes look great, and the action scenes are solid. Marcelo Maiolo backs it up with dynamic and interesting color work that brings the visuals to life even more.
Teen Titans #29 is another compelling installment of the “Terminus Agenda.” Deathstroke has driven a wedge in the Teen Titans, but he’s only exposed the divisions the team already had within. It all makes for a solid read and one easily worth a recommendation. Feel free to check this one out.
Teen Titans #29 comes to us from writer Adam Glass, artist Bernard Chang, color artist Marcelo Maiolo, letters from Andworld Design, cover artist Carlo Pagulayan with Jason Paz and Ivan Plascencia, and variant cover artist Mico Suayan with Romulo Fajardo Jr.