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DC Comics: YOUNG JUSTICE GROUP SOLICITS – May 2012

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THE RAVAGERS #1
Written by HOWARD MACKIE
Art and cover by IAN CHURCHILL
1:25 Variant cover by TK TK
On sale MAY 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• First issue of a new series spinning directly out of “THE CULLING!”
• FAIRCHILD, brother and sister THUNDER and LIGHTNING, the monstrous RIDGE, BEAST BOY and TERRA are being pursued by ROSE WILSON and WARBLADE, who want them dead at any cost!
• No one’s survival is certain each month in THE RAVAGERS!

TEEN TITANS #9
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by IG GUARA and J.P. MAYER
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
1:25 B&W Variant cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale MAY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “THE CULLING” finale!
• THE TEEN TITANS and THE LEGION LOST duke it out with N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and the madman known as Harvest to stop the slaughter of
innocent children.
• This issue leads directly into this month’s RAVAGERS #1!
• Continued from TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 SUPERBOY #9 and LEGION LOST #9!

TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL and TOM DeFALCO
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale MAY 2 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
• “THE CULLING” begins here!
• It’s the TEEN TITANS vs. THE LEGION LOST one mile beneath the Antarctic in the chamber of horrors known as the Crucible!
• Continued in this month’s SUPERBOY #9, LEGION LOST #9 and TEEN TITANS #9!

BLUE BEETLE #9
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art by MARCIO TAKARA
Cover by PAUL RENAUD
On sale MAY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• BLUE BEETLE squares off against GREEN LANTERN KYLE RAYNER and THE NEW GUARDIANS!
• If Beetle and the Lanterns don’t kill each other, the bounty hunter packing Oan technology will be happy to do it for them. Wait…OAN technology?!
• Continued this month in GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #9!

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #9
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover by STEVE LIGHTLE
On sale MAY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Kicking off an all-new storyline!
• BRAINIAC 5 and DREAM GIRL have been abducted by the DOMINATORS…so why is the Legion refusing to rescue them?
• One of the greatest LEGIONNAIRES quits!

LEGION LOST #9
Written by TOM DeFALCO
Art and cover by PETE WOODS
On sale MAY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “THE CULLING” continues from this month’s SUPERBOY #9!
• Even the combined powers of LEGION LOST and the TEEN TITANS won’t be enough to stop DARK HARVEST and his minions from committing mass murder!
• Continues in this month’s TEEN TITANS #9.

New 52 Review: Teen Titans #1

I was super bummed when I heard about one of the casualties of the New 52 reboot, Tim Drake’s solo adventures as the Red Robin. Red Robin was a definitely underrated book, and had a great plot as Tim fell further and further down the Batman path. (Lonely, dark, brooding, suspicious of everyone.)

With the reboot, they de-aged Tim to maybe about 15-16 or so, and redid his costume as Red Robin to look just like Marvel’s the Falcon.

 
The book sets up the premise, that teen superheroes seem to be a menace, with a Kid Flash (who claims no relation or connection to Barry Allen) causing a backdraft and a major explosion, setting off the media. It flashes over to Tim Drake, who asks someone (Batman?) “Seriously what were you thinking?” as a clandestine organization called N.O.W.H.E.R.E. tries to recruit him to their operation. Drake of course refuses, and sets off an action sequence to escape which leads into him going off to recruit Wonder Girl to fight this mysterious organization. The issue ends with a reveal of a Clone *cough*Superboy*cough* that is being activated by N.O.W.H.E.R.E.

The plot is serviceable , however, it all feels a little like a retread of the beginning of Civil War. Substitute Speedball for Kid Flash, and voila, we are in Connecticut.  The art is average, and doesn’t feel special or notable. The plot needs some work, and hopefully as the issues go on we can get some more answers, and move beyond the Teen Superheroes are a Menace motif that the book seems to be running with so far. After three other reboots you think DC would finally get it right, it’s shortcomings are really noticeable especially when you compare it to Christos Gage run on Avengers Academy.

Story: 4/10

Art: 4/10