Teen Titans #21 Review

Written by Adam Glass
Art by Bernard Chang
Colors by Marcelo Maiolo

This issue sees the Teen Titans face off against Gizmo, a guy using his toy store as a front for his illegal weapons operation. The story by Adam Glass is a fun one that moves along at a nice place with a few laughs and lots of action along the way.

The story is primarily narrated by Roundhouse as we get his awestruck perspective on what it’s like to be a part of this new Teen Titans team and how much he is enjoying the opportunity to foster some new friendships.

During the course of the issue it becomes apparent that there is a nuclear bomb that is going to need defusing, and this provides Glass with an opportunity to shed some light on Djinn and her powers. In times gone by she has been beholden to several masters, and she is now doing everything she can to make sure she is never under anyone’s control.

Robin needs her abilities at full strength in this issue pleading with her to allow her to give him control so he can neutralise the threat which means Djinn will have an important decision to make, i.e. if she can trust her new team members with so much power over her so soon into their partnership.

The big thing to notice this issue is how much vibrant color there is. Marcelo Maiolo has really gone to town, and the issue looks just like an animated series you would see on the cartoon network. Maiolo has really done a great job capturing the essence of the Teen Titans with his color work here.

Bernard Chang’s job on art looks great and is even more impressive given he did both the pencils and the inks. The characters are all well rendered and even background elements have enough detail to make this a really polished issue. Chang has also contributed to the regular cover for this issue with Wil Quintana. It’s a nice one but the variant cover for this issue is gobsmackingly beautiful. The credit for this gorgeous cover goes to Alex Garner. If you purchase physical copies of comics then you will want to add this one to your collection as Garner has really produced something special.

Teen Titans is a nice easy and enjoyable read right now, and that is down to the whole creative team. They deserve credit for not trying to do too much each issue and the singular focus is a welcome change from what many other titles are doing right now.

7.5 out of 10

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