Teen Titan #12
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Art Mirka Andolfo
Colorist Romulo Fajardo JR
What we know so far:
This issue is a tie in to the DC and mainly Batman event Metal. With that in mind we know that a giant mountain has been erected in Gotham City out of nowhere and around it a buildings have been erected near and on the mountain.This book is not a true Teen Titans book in the sense that all of the team is featured in the book. It ends up being more a solo adventure for Robin with a weird team-up feature to it. The full Titans team have a cameo in the book.
To begin the true story Damian comes to a door that has a Riddler’s signature question mark on it. Being the son of Batman, of course Robin is going to investigate the invitation from the Riddler. The first member of the team that will attempt to help Robin should be a given with the writer of the book Benjamin Percy. He brings in someone he knows well by writing his book Green Arrow. Arrow adds a good foil for Robin and they have some good word interplay and discussion.
The other two I will keep as a surprise and not blow it even though they are mostly in the book for eye candy and to make it a surprise team-up. Almost as if they were just after thoughts in the overall plotting of the book.
What Just Happened?
Percy does a nice of the overall with the script of the book, one of the toughest things when you have the Riddler in your book is to have riddles that are hard enough so that they are not easily solved. However they have to wit and style to them that would only be worthy of the Riddler. I will give Percy a B plus in this area, they were well thought out in an attempt to advance the story.
Andolfo and Fajardo on the art are acceptable for the telling of this book. Andolfo at times it feels like he shrinks the characters to fit the panel. Everything feels crunched and smashed together and the size of the characters to each other seems out of proportion.
The one plus of the book I love the drawing of the Riddler’s face it is a new take and it looks in character and evolved from the old white and green paint from the past. It is a look that should be kept by the rest of DC for the character.
Final thoughts: If you were looking for a Teen Titans book this book may not be a book for you. However if you a fan Damian and like him interacting with other DC characters than his teammates you will love this book.
It advances the Metal tie in with a plausible plot line and makes some sense toward the fringes of the storyline. Percy handles the characters in the book with plausible and even good dialogue at times. While the art is at best good it is does not hinder the story as a whole. It is a worthy tie in to the bigger Metal story.