Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Teen Titans #28

So this is the last issue of my two issue break from the idiocy of Geoff Johns. Unfortunately, Gail Simone didn't seem to bring her A game(or even B or C game...) to this two part story. On the plus side, Rob Liefeld is still doing the art, so even if the story sucks again, I'll be able to laugh at the artwork.
Holy shit, lay of the roids, Bart!

Teen Titans #28(November 2005):

Summary: Okay, last issue Kestrel stole Raven's soul and ran off to the Chaos Realm.
I'd run off too if this jacked son of a bitch was coming after me!

This issue begins with one of those life lessons, super-villains are kind of stupid, as we see that Kestrel left a way for the Titans to follow him to Chaos Land. Upon sensing their arrival, Kestrel sends his sidekicks to attack the Titans. While that fight is going on, Robin smells a distraction, separates from the group, and finds Kestrel. The two fight, but Robin is overmatched and ends up defeated.
Good god is that the scariest looking Robin I've ever seen...  It'll haunt my dreams from this day forward...

By this time the Titans have defeated the jailbait sisters and attack Kestrel in force. They manage to defeat Kestrel, but he tells them that short of death, he'd just come back and attack the Titans and their loved ones due to him being evil. However, the bitter hammer of convenience strikes, when one of Kestrel's sidekicks turns on him and guts him with his own claws, presumably killing him. With that, the Titans collect Raven's soul and head home.

Thoughts: This was a comic book that happened. That's about all I got here... It wasn't a good story, it was kind of bad, but at least it wasn't insulting. I don't really get why Hawk and Dove were involved at all, especially since they added nothing to any aspect of this issue.
Hey look, it's that kick I mentioned in the last post!

Hell, you'd think Hawk would have at least killed Kestrel, but no, it was Random Villain #1 who did the deed. Meh, I guess it's on to the next issue and the return of Johns...

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Teen Titans #27

Huh, now this is an interesting issue... It seems Geoff Johns took a two issue break, meaning we get a different writer! Yay!!! And, to really make things good, that writer is Gail Simone! So everything is right in the world... Or is it??? See, this is still DC I'm looking at, so they naturally found a way to screw things up... “But X,” you ask innocently, “That awful Superboy story is over, Johns is taking a little break, and Gail Simone is writing the next two issues, what's wrong?” What's wrong? One word... Liefeld... Yep, the next two issues are drawn by... Rob Liefeld himself... If you are wondering why this is a bad thing, you can either read the rest of this post or quickly google “Rob Liefeld Captain America” It's cool, I'll wait........... Yep, the guy who drew THAT is doing the art here... May god have mercy on us all...

Teen Titans #27(October 2005):

Summary: Well this was weird. Okay, it's Father's Day, and the Titans decide to go bowling to help Robin deal with his father's recent death. However, some scrub baddies decide to hold hostages, which gets the Titans after them. The Titans free the hostages and have the villains locked up. From there, we get that bowling scene... And it goes on for a surprising length of time... Like, it was way longer than you'd expect. Next, an enemy of Hawk and Dove(or so I guess) named Kestrel breaks two of the bad guys from earlier out and takes them under his wing(heh heh... It's a bird pun!).
It that guy holding that cube with his middle finger?  Is he holding it at all?

After learning that Kestrel was about, the Titans and Hawk and Dove hook up at Titans Tower and wait for Kestrel, who they assume is going to go there because... I'm not really sure, I think Hawk and Dove's parents are there and Kestrel wants to kill them? Sure enough, Kestrel attacks with his minions, and manages to capture Raven for his masters, the Lords of Chaos. And that's a wrap.

Thoughts: I didn't get this comic at all... It was kind of all over the place... The Titans are fighting no name powered losers, they beat them and go bowling. And then, this issue turns into a Hawk and Dove comic. I could care less about Hawk and Dove, and that goes for all of their versions. So yeah, this was definitely not what I was hoping for... This issue actually made me miss Johns, which is both sad and horrible at the same time... You know what, let me take that back, I can't possibly mean that. On the plus side, the art wasn't overly distracting like I thought it would be.
Ever notice that people always do that kick when Liefeld is drawing?

For the most part, people seemed to have ankles and chests looked to be in the proper proportion. It was still pretty bad, but not as bad as I was expecting.
See what I mean?

So there, we ended on a compliment... In a way...