Teen Titans #12
**Read Dark Nights: Metal #2 first!
The further away from the main title, the sloppier event tie-ins get. That’s the norm, but fitting for the first Metal crossover, Teen Titans is anything but ordinary. If this is the kind of quality we can expect from the other tie-ins, Metal is going to be epic.
Writer Benjamin Percy is fully clued in on what happened in Metal #2. In a nice departure from a typical crossover, there’s not an extended setup so it reads like the next chapter and not part recap. As the team tackles the forces outside the labyrinth, Robin enters alone, but it’s not long before he gains some new allies as they go after the gatekeeper.
Percy is familiar with writing one of these other characters and draws some nice connection to that title. The other characters fit in nicely and this provides an a-ha moment from a scene referenced in Green Arrow.
While I didn’t love her work on Wonder Woman, Mirka Andolfo has a perfect style for the Teen Titans. I’m thrilled she got to play in this sandbox even if it’s just for a few issues. Andolfo might have a lighter style than some of her counterparts, but she really does a great job with the nightmarish scenarios here. Hopefully this is just the introduction to a lengthy run for Andolfo on the book.
I don’t want to spoil too much, but this was a very encouraging first sign that DC has its creators on the same page and aren’t just cranking out one crappy tie in after another. This was a quality read and one of my favorites this week.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10