Red Robin meets new young hero Bunker, and Wonder Girl goes undercover, while Kid Flash escapes from NOWHERE.
Teen Titans #3
The adventures of the team that isn’t one quite yet continue in Teen Titans 3. Red Robin is smuggling Skitter cross country in a railroad car when they randomly happen to meet Bunker, the newest character in the book, who is both gay and apparently an illegal immigrant from Mexico (won’t THAT get people talking?). They almost fight, don’t quite, then deal with a weird critter called Detritus who claims to be a bunch of junk that was getting taken to be recycled before “spontaneously generating intelligence.” Um…. right. Kid Flash escapes from NOWHERE, also freeing the Nu version of Solstice. Before she was an optimist with light powers that made people feel good, now she’s all darkness and shadow and can’t be touched (my, what a metaphor for the DCNU). Cassie “Don’t call me Wonder Girl” manages to sneak into the hospital room of one of the guys Red Robin beat last issue to get more info out of him on who he’s working for. Red Robin more or less loses his fight, as Detritus wipes his memory, so he and Bunker and Skitter continue their odyssey.
So, they’re not even a team, the characters are in random places, only some of them have even heard of each other. The team leader loses a fight and doesn’t even remember it after. Solstice is radically different than her old self. We see Red Robin’s “glider wings” don’t glide, they actually fly, as he leaps off a train car and immediately gets a lot of altitude, which a “glider” can’t do. In a scene apparently inspired by old Warner Brothers cartoons, Kid Flash is managing the escape fine as he runs along in Antarctica right up till Solstice points out he’s running on ice in sneakers, at which point he suddenly skids out. I get this is an origin arc, but I wish they’d get together already.
What I liked and what I didn’t:
Bunker seems interesting. He creates psionic bricks, which he can use for constructs and flight, sort of. Actually, this power set reminds me a lot of Argent, except she’s cuter IMHO. Him being new to his powers and not having full command of them was well done and believable.
On the downside, the Kid Flash wipe out just seemed like a bad joke. Detritus’ origin may be the worst I’ve heard in years. Glider wings don’t CLIMB like that. I don’t like “dark Solstice” but then, the DCNU seems to be a dark place. And I’m hoping the team hasn’t met but is scattered all over bit comes to an end soon.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Bunker seems like a possible good new creation||the origin of Detritus, Dark Solstice|
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