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Sunday, April 23, 2006
The Deep Hurting of the Teen Titans Showcase
All these images come from Teen Titans #12, reprinted in Showcase Presents: Teen Titans Vol. 1. It's a representative example of the stories in this book. In this particular tale, the Teen Titans fight a super-villain called "The Deliverer" who is launching monuments into space, and a disc jockey orbiting the earth in an apparently glass space capsule is being black-mailed by an alien into sending coded messages to Earth telling The Deliverer where to strike.
"Wonder Chick" is strong enough to lift Mt. Rushmore...by a rope.
(And, honestly, the stupid nick-names. I can live with "Twinkle Toes." I can live with "Robin Bobin." But "Wonder Chick?" Man, why Donna didn't wring the little misogynists necks is beyond me. [Aqualad doesn't get a nick-name because nobody likes him.])
Kid Flash can run on beams of light.
Speaking of Kid Flash, none of the Teen Titans are apparently very intelligent, but Wally comes off especially looking like a god-damn idjit in this book.
God damn you Wally. You're too damn stupid to live.
As an historical note, product placement advertising in comic books is nothing new. Almost every issue of Teen Titans included an ad for the Adam West starring Batman television show.
If my sanity can withstand dipping into the book again, I may share some of the brain hurting panels from the story where the Teen Titans go undercover as hippies to help teen runaways being used as mules by evil truckers in league with the mafia. God, I wish I was making these story descriptions up...