As we left the Titans last issue, Kid Flash was being pulled into a portal against his will. Can Bart be saved or must he face a past that he doesn’t even recall? And, now that the big battle against Trigon is out of the way for now, can the Titans heal the strained relationships in their own ranks? That’s where we pick up in issue #23 of Teen Titans.
Earth 2’s new Wonders are taking the fight to Steppenwolf…but things aren’t looking so great for our heroes. Just how powerful are the forces from Apokolips? The answer appears to be all too clear in the latest issue of Earth 2!
MILD SPOILERS AHEAD
This issue starts with Jay Garrick trying to remember just what hit him…and the rest of his team. Brutaal, the Beguiler and Bedlam have proven to be more than a match for the Flash, Green Lantern, the Atom and Doctor Fate. The fact that everyone is still alive is amazing…and a bit puzzling. Meanwhile, we get updates on Hawkgirl’s investigation into Sam’s death and Mr. Miracle and Barda’s fight against Fury…and things are simply not going our heroes’ way today. In the end, one more Wonder makes an appearance…but who is this new Wonder fighting for?
We still have James Robinson (for now) on this title – with another excellent story. Nicola and Trevor Scott on pencils/inks and Pete Pantazis on colors give us excellent artwork throughout – the battle scenes are outstanding in this action-packed issue. I can anticipate some concerns as to how easily our heroes are beaten down…but this story is far from over, and I’m looking forward to how this is resolved as the arc moves ahead. Earth 2 remains one of my favorites titles in the New 52 – and this story is no exception.