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Teen Titans Go! #11

September 27, 2004

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Countdown

Terra is part of the team now… but will that protect them from Slade?

Writer: J. Torres
Pencils: Todd Nauck
Inks: Lary Stucker
Colors: Heroic Age
Letters: Phil Balsman
Editor: Tom Palmer Jr.
Cover Art: Dave Bullock
Publisher: DC Comics/Johnny DC

This was a pretty good issue of Teen Titans Go!, something that ties directly into recent events of the TV show. It may have done with a little note informing the readers that it takes place before recent episodes – mainly for the benefit of particularly young readers (of which I know there are many). Still, with a little help from their parents, it should be easy to figure out where this story fits in.

The Titans, with their newest member Terra, engage in a fun-filled game of “Capture the Flag.” What the viewer/reader knows that the Titans don’t though, is that Terra is a double agent, working for their enemy Slade (the TV version of the DCU’s Deathstroke). The team gets led into a dust-up with some of Slade’s forces, and Terra’s loyalties are clearly divided.

By necessity, this is an issue that can’t really show much change or growth of the characters. The story, after all, has to be able to fit seamlessly between episodes of the TV show. However, it can give a little insight into the characters, particularly Terra and Beast Boy, and it does very good in that respect.

Todd Nauck, as usual, is quite well suited to the art on this book. He doesn’t have to adapt his own style very much to match the style of the show – each of these characters is perfectly on-model, and for a cartoon show adaptation, that’s really the best you can say.

Although I’m still not a fan of some of the sillier Anime-style elements this property has, I’ve warmed up both to the TV show and the comic. It’s definitely got its place, especially among younger fans who may not yet appreciate the more sophisticated storytelling of Justice League Unlimited.

Rating: 7/10

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