“Put Out The Light”
Review by Sam McTernan
Every time I read the latest Teen Titans I think to myself, is this the one where he drops the ball? Is Adam Glass going to have an off issue? Well Teen Titans #35 certainly wasn’t that one time. I should point that I never actually want it to happen. However, writers, artists, well they sometimes have off issues, as it can’t be the easiest thing to consistently nail it every time. Glass, Chang and co seem to manage this effortlessly, however.
With regards to the finer details of the issue itself, well I’m still reeling from #34! We finally get to see what caused such a reaction from probably the sweetest member of the team (or so we thought?) Roundhouse has been manipulating the group for months. It’s genius, you just would never have even considered him. His full explanation of his actions in this issue has a fair bit of bite as well, so its difficult to completely disregard his excuses. We often talk about why bad guys do what they do, Is it plain evil, mental illness, or simply a means to an end? Roundhouse’s reasons aren’t the most unique by any stretch, but there is a believability to them.
As for the rest of the team, well they really are in a mess. The group is now completely fractured; between Roundhouse, secret prisons and brain washing… Oh, and the other one. You’ll just need to read the issue to find out what I mean, specifically the last two pages of Teen Titans #35. Its mayhem out there, will the team survive this? It doesn’t look good, and we may even need some fresh blood to pull off any hope of something even resembling a win.
Glass is the master of twists and turns. His ability to keep shocking is masterful and entirely unpredictable. I always assume it can’t get better, and then it does. Usually the month long wait for your next comic book fix is too long, but with Teen Titans by Adam Glass, you kind of need it to process everything. Chang and Maiolo’s art delivers as usual, and the great visuals go hand in hand with the intense storytelling.
Another brilliant issue.
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