Review: Teen Titans Academy #3 (DC Comics)

Writer: Tim Sheridan
Artists: Rafa Sandoval & Jordi Tarragona
Colourist: Alejandro Sanchez
Letterer: Rob Leigh
On Sale: 26th May 2021

Teen Titans Academy #3 brings our gifted youngsters head to head with Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad.

PLOT AND STORY

The depth of DC Comics brings with it an abundance of crossover opportunities. These opportunities can bring tremendous results across multiple series but the negative side to these crossovers are if you don’t read them all you can feel a little in the dark on certain aspects of the story. Tim Sheridan does a great job blending Teen Titans with the Suicide Squad but when you read the caption “for the full story check out Suicide Squad #3” you know you’re missing something if you haven’t read it (like me). 

There are three concurrent stories in this issue. The first being the new Teen Titans in training. The second story being the reason the Suicide Squad are attacking Titans tower. The third and easily the most exciting is Red-X, who is he and what does he want? Packing these three stories together in one issue makes every page a thrill to read.

ARTWORK

The glorious artwork continues with issue #3 from the creative team of Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona and Alejandro Sanchez with additional art from Max Raynor and Alex Sinclair. I always find Teen Titans comics to be so much fun due to the wide variety of characters and powers on display. This is why I think the colour scheme pops right off the page as we see bright, striking greens from Beast Boy or dark and bold purples from Raven. 

It’s the lighter somewhat fresher tone given to the trainees which helps them stand out as new and inexperienced. Gorilla Gregg has a blue considerably duller than for example Nightwings electric blue. This really helps me understand who is in which group of Titans as with so many characters it’s easy to forget. 

I’m not sure if this was deliberate or just my eyes but everytime Peacemaker is on the page all I see and hear is John Cena. A nice aperitif for the upcoming Suicide Squad movie.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Three different groups of Titans and the Suicide Squad makes this a very full but also very fun issue. Red X and Talon bring a Batman esq aura to the fights while characters like Crush and Gregg bring unprecedented power. The mystery of Red X is what will keep drawing people back to this series every month but it’s the mysteries surrounding some of the younger trainees I’m keen to keep exploring. 

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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