Teen Titans #97
This month, the story arc of Rankor vs. one of DC’s newest heroines, Solstice, and the Teen Titans comes to a close. After a long battle that felt a little like a roller coaster, I was excited to read its conclusion. Have we possibly found our newest Teen Titan?
Issue #97 opens up with one of my favorite heroes, Red Robin, fighting the demon Tataka while the remaining Teen Titans fight back a demon hoard. There isn’t much to summarize, as most of this issue is the final battle with the demons and Rankor told through the perspective of Red Robin. At the end of the battle Beast Boy questions Raven’s loyalties and how she was treating Solstice, though Red Robin tells her not to worry. There is a bit of a touching moment between Superboy and Ravager, about as touching as Ravager is going to get. As the issue come to a close, the moment we’ve all been waiting for arrives, the official addition of Solstice to the Teen Titans!
This arc had a great ending. I know I’ve have been up and down with the strength of the story, but I really believe this has been a good arc overall. Something I want to truly commend Krul on is his transition of Red Robin between comics. Red Robin joined the group in issue #92, and Krul has done a great job with not only keeping true to Tim but making the Red Robin from his solo series and the one in TEEN TITANS one in the same. I feel that the strength of this arc lies in Krul’s character development. Even though I didn’t think the story terribly compelling, the characters we extremely well written in it. The artwork was good, but something was missing. I don’t know if it was shadowing, detail, saturation, or what but there was one more step missing. Though artist Nicola Scott did a wonderful job in characterization throughout this arc.
Overall this was a good story line, I am excited to see Krul in the last three issues before the relaunch. Krul will begin his run in the DCnU with SUPERBOY PRIME. As I said, the issue and arc were all right but the character work was incredible. It will be interesting to see if this continues with a new story as TEEN TITANS begins its wrap up.