Review: Teen Titans #33

by Sam McTernan
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“Naughty By Nature”
Writer: Adam Glass
Artists: Sean Chen and Norm Rapmund
Color Artist: Ivan Plascencia
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Review by Sam McTernan

The complexities of Teen Titans #33 are incredible, the story is one that will surely shock and delight…. definitely more shock though. I don’t even know where to start! This issue was a roller-coaster ride and  Adam Glass just gets better and better. He’s really invested a great deal of detail and he interweaves complex, but enjoyable, plot-threads. This issue alone brings back elements from as far back #23.

Lets talk a bit about the story itself; we see the outcome of Lobo and Lex Luthor’s meeting, Robin has a new lead in the hunt for the Other and D’jinn and the boy wonder shocked me to my core, I mean really shocked me.

I wont spoil anything other than one of my favorite moments of this comic, and probably many others: Lobo calling Lex Scrotumhead. This was a genuine laugh out loud moment. The beauty of it is, that in such an intense issue, Adam still knows and understands the individual characteristics of the various cast members of this story.

I’ll talk a little about the ending. I really don’t want to spoil it, so will be careful with what I say. Underground prisons are the equivalent of giving someone a hug compared to what Mr Glass (not the Samuel L. Jackson one) has just put us through. That’s all I’m going to say, as I need more time to process.

Now let’s talk art. This month we are treated to the undeniable talents of guest artists Sean Chen and Norm Rapmund, with color artist Ivan Plascencia. I loved seeing the change up, as it’s nice to see different artistic interpretations of characters. The color work on the D’Jinn scenes are a particular highlight.


Teen Titans #33 is an insane read, its a beautifully well constructed tale and I must give Adam Glass the full credit he deserves. The ending is truly terrifying and has raised many questions about how far he’s willing to push the boundaries within the team, individual characters and with us, the readers. The change in artists was nice for a bit of a change but I did miss seeing Bernard Chang’s familiar style. However, I am open to seeing guest artists again.

Overall, as usual, I cant fault anything, asides from maybe how much Adam is playing with my emotions. I genuinely love this series and the creative forces behind, keep up the great work.

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Images courtesy of DC Entertainment

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