Review: Teen Titans Academy #2 (DC Comics)

Writer: Tim Sheridan
Artists: Rafa Sandoval & Jordi Tarragona
Colourist: Alejandro Sanchez
Letterer: Rob Leigh
On Sale: 27th April 2021

Original Titans Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, Cyborg and Beast Boy reassemble to mentor the next generation of heroes.

PLOT AND STORY 

Teen Titans Academy opens its doors to a new crop of gifted youngsters eager to earn their place on the team’s permanent roster, innocent of the many treacherous challenges they will face – in and out of school – over the months and years to come.

Issue two brings us face to face with the infamous Red X but is it the real Red X or an imposter? I feel that Tim Sheridan is creating a clever little mystery here as we explore who is behind the mask which may span a number of issues. What’s more intriguing is the other mysterious characters revealed in this issue who have me very excited.

The other side of this story which I’m equally invested in is the love triangle story developing between Nightwing, Starfire and Barbara Gordon. The Nightwing and Barbara relationship is blossoming over in the Nightwing solo series written by Tom Taylor which isn’t essential to read to understand what’s happening in Teen Titans Academy, but it does help and who doesn’t like some comic book crossover?

ARTWORK

When you have an issue light on action it can sometimes fail to dazzle but that certainly isn’t the case here. With a small action sequence at the start and another short chase scene between Nightwing and Red X towards the end proves it’s the quality which shines through and not the quantity. 

There is one page in particular with Nightwing jumping down some stairs and it perfectly captures what makes Nightwing so special. This one page in question drawn by Rafa Sandoval, inked by Jordi Tarragona and colored by Alenjandro Sanchez is about as perfect a Nightwing you will get. Driven, determined and jumping head first into danger is Dick Grayson’s middle name.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

Teen Titans Academy is quickly becoming a great comic series for new and old readers. An abundance of fun and youthful new characters blended with the experienced original Titans line up makes for some interesting times. I don’t want to spoil it for people but the last page cliffhanger is not to be missed and opens up the door to a potentially bonkers next issue.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by DC Comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All images and artwork are courtesy of DC Comics and their respective owners.

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