Batman vs Himself: Dawn of Savior (Teen Titans 15 Review)

Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

Pencils by Ed Benes and Jorge Jimenez

Inks by Ed Benes, Richard Friend, and Jorge Jimenez

Colors by Dinei Ribero and Alejandro Sanchez

Cover by Francis Manapul

Previously: Tim Drake of Tomorrow is on a mission: stop his nightmare future from occurring. In order to do this, he needs to kill Superboy. Drake attacked Titans Tower and forced Superboy to use his Solar Flare Power for the first time, destroying the top of the tower and knocking out Tim and the Teen Titans!

 

What Happened: In the wake of the destruction caused by Jon’s Solar Flare, Tim Drake the the Teen Titans lay unconscious while Jon falls into The Bay. Damian wakes up first and immediately goes to Jon’s aid. He brings Superboy into the Titans submersible and is livid with his friend. After the initial lecture, Damian’s anger turns to relief, and the boys have a touching moment in the wake of almost losing each other.

Meanwhile, Tim Drake is awake back at Titans Tower. Hypertime is trying to pull Drake back to his own timeline where his companions are searching for him, but he’s not ready to leave quite yet. Tim sheds his Batman costume and assembles a new one out of prototypes of Titans costumes, assuming the new identity “Savior.” The Titans come to one by one, and Savior approaches them with a new strategy. He explains that now that they have seen how destructive the Solar Flare can be when Jon is still just this young, they need to eliminate the threat. Most of the Titans immediately refuse, but Raven’s telepathic abilities allow her to see Tim’s perspective more closely. Beast Boy is adamant that Superboy will not be killed, but thinks that they should help Tim find Superboy in order to settle things. The debate escalates into confrontation, and Raven is forced to use her abilities to take herself, Beast Boy and Savior away from Titans Tower, leaving Starfire, Kid Flash, and Aqualad to track down the Super Sons on their own.

 

Thoughts on the issue: The big moment of this issue is the adult Tim Drake assuming his new identity, “Savior” with a new costume that’s allegedly thrown together using prototype Teen Titans costumes. Not only does the costume look nothing like anything that the Teen Titans would not even could wear, it looks pretty bad and busy. The individual elements of the costume are good, but there are too many of them and they don’t work well together. The awkward Savior moment is made up for by the touching scene in which Damian saves Jon, and we see the young Robin admit how much he cares for his new friend. It’s an emotional scene that reminds readers of he strong friendship between Bruce and Clark, and it’s a really big moment in the development of Damian Wayne.

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Summary
Tim Drake of Tomorrow dons a new identity as his mad pursuit of Superboy continues!
Good
  • Touching moment between Damian and Jon
  • The Titans splitting up is a compelling point in their development as a team
Bad
  • Savior's Costume
  • Savior
7.5
Good
Writing - 9
Artwork - 6
This account is an archive of all of the hard work and writings of our previous Staff Writers and Contributors on both Shoot The Breeze Comics when it previously existed as well as On Comics Ground, our current platform.

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