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Teen Titans #27 Teen Titans #27

Teen Titans #27

Scheduled to arrive in stores: January 29, 2014

Cover date: March 2014

"State's Evidence"

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Penciller: Scott McDaniel & Tyler Kirkham
Inker: Art Thibert
Cover: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund & Andrew Dalhouse

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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Solstice is taking a breather after hearing Bar Torr/Kid Flash's story, with depression setting in quickly.

She explains to Red Robin about discovering her powers and how she too did things she regrets like Bar as she grew up, including serving under Harvest during The Culling and how she views her powers as a curse now. Thoughts are interrupted as huge crowds of space craft from across the galaxy arrive to witness the trial.

Inside the holding cell Wonder Girl tries reaching out to her former friend but Kid Flash keeps switching personalities and warns her that a war is coming. Superboy meanwhile is struggling to hide his intentions to kill the Titans and is even more perplexed that with their combined might they don't just break Kid Flash from jail and escape. Raven arrives to halt his questions as does Brain 3 who tells the teenagers the trial is about to begin.

As the trial begins Superboy is disappointed in the world he will eventually create as he refocuses on the trial, Bar goes into offering his argument of the defense. To everyone's shock however Bar is far from regretful and offers up an admission of guilt. His smirk is greeted by an explosion that rocks the courtroom and hundreds of people end up as casualties. Superboy is shocked as Bar's handcuffs dematerialize and he instructs weapons to be teleported into holding cells for the other war rebels to escape and stand by his side.

Red Robin steps forward and vows not to allow Bar to slaughter innocents for his cause at which point Bar issues an order to kill the Teen Titans!

To Be Continued...

1Story - 1: The last issue offered up insight and promise but this issue was a waste of the paper it was printed on (or the memory it takes up on your digital device). Although the scene with Solstice was touching, Superboy was a mustache twitching idiot via internal monologues. The climax to the Raven master plan was shelved to nothing and Bar it turns out was secretly evil all along, pretending to be goofy all along. What I liked last issue was obliterated in this issue. Please get in a decent story before the finale...

To be totally honest the climax this issue - aka the last two pages - could have been printed at the end of last issue and packed a bigger punch instead of padding out the story for no reason.

3Art - 3: The art, though unnecessarily digitally repetitive in places, was really nice. Wonder Girl's breast implants were all over the place but Kid Flash and Solstice look especially good in their renditions.

2Cover Art - 2: Seen. It. Before. Boring. Stock poses waste a perfectly good opportunity to expand on the master plan inside.

It's a brilliantly drawn cover and nicely colored but it just says, 'more of the same...'.

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