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Teen Titans #10 Teen Titans #10

Teen Titans #10

Scheduled to arrive in stores: June 27, 2012

Cover date: August 2012

"Saur Feelings"

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Penciller: Brett Booth
Inker: Norm Rapmund

Reviewed by: Shawn Morrissey

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After the events of the Culling, the Teen Titans have found themselves on a mysterious island full of prehistoric creatures. The stress of their recent exploits threatens to strain their relationships, and Red Robin is chastised by Bunker for his "crisis of leadership."

Not to be down for long, though, a few of the Titans get cozy in a pristine pool beneath a waterfall. Not to be chipper for long, though, Red Robin announces that the Teen Titans have reached their natural end. The Teen Titans are done. Meanwhile, Wonder Girl (that's right, I called her that) seems to be hiding a little, prickly secret...

Elsewhere, Kid Flash and Solstice are gallivanting with a herd of dinosaurs. Love is in the air for the meta-couple - as is, I'm sure, the odious aroma of destined coprolite. No matter; the two seem set to party like it's 199,900,000BCE.

Back at the pool, Superboy and Red Robin make up, while Bunker makes the unfortunate discovery of Danny the Street, completely in pieces and badly hurt. The (defunct?) Titans gather up the pieces of Danny. Using a message in a bottle, Danny - who can only communicate by the spoken word - tells the Titans his final act of heroism will be to transport them off of the island and back home. Noting how stranded they are, the Titans allow Danny the honor. Back in civilization, the Teen Titans mourn the death of Danny the Street.

In Washington, DC, Amanda Waller seems at her wits' end. The teen meta-humans have been a nuisance for too long. She's calling in the Gardener. Operation: Meta Dead Stop has been activated.

1Story - 1: I can't be sympathetic to this story as it's presented. I know that Mystery Island will play a role in the next couple of issues and a DC Universe Presents: Kid Flash one shot, but none of that particularly matters because it isn't hinted at here. Since when do we need solicits to tell us what the events of one issue will have on events of future ones? Behold: one of the executive problems with this title. There's plenty of future story, but little to no setup, and torpid follow through.

Not only are the Titans on a mysterious island - called Mystery Island... - full of prehistoric beasts, they're on a mysterious island full of prehistoric carnivores that apparently aren't very hungry. The entire setting of an island of dinosaurs and smilodons (which didn't coexist in reality) is potentially the stuff of thrilling comic book adventures! Instead, we get a heart-to-heart, a budding love story, and a heroic death. All of these are fine on their own and can make for some stellar comic book reading, and actually the death of Danny is very moving, but it's the setting that's completely off.

4Art - 4: I don't have much more to say that I haven't said before. I still think Booth and Rapmund put together some great looking panels - even though their paneling itself is a little vanilla. The creatures, in particular, look great.

4Cover Art - 4: I really enjoy the angle on which this cover is drawn. There's a sense of speed and the overall presentation feels fresh. I think this could be the best cover of this title to date.

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