Review: Teen Titans Academy #4 (DC Comics)

Writer: Tim Sheridan
Artists: Steve Lieber
Colourist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Rob Leigh
On Sale: 23rd June 2021

Who is RED X? The students of Titans Academy want to know, and they want to know NOW! And so do I!

PLOT AND STORY 

After the infiltration of the school by the Suicide Squad, three unlikely students launch their own investigation into the mysterious figure’s true identity and motivation. What they find is shocking and surprising, if any of it is actually true!

This issue is undoubtedly the best of the series and I would go as far as to say it’s my favourite single issue comic of 2021. Tim Sheridan has brought a fresh and exciting energy to the Teen Titans with his varied tones across each issue. Issue #4 has a much lighter and more humorous feel creating a hilarious frolic in Titans Tower. Narrated through the eyes of a young Batman enthusiast, Chupacabra has great chemistry with his bat pack Bat Girl and MegaBat. Their varying versions of previous events makes for some very funny moments.

ARTWORK

The story in this issue doesn’t give much opportunity for the art to dazzle as it heavily focuses on tight frames and facial close ups. That being said, Steve Lieber does a great job in structuring the story. What Lieber does so well is the way he makes two people having a conversation so much more than just head shots. Dave Stewart adds a superb colour scheme to the book with special mention to the way his bat pack pages are heavily filtered in greys and blacks…Batman himself would be proud.

Artistic MVP in this issue has to be letterer Rob Leigh. I loved his use of a text balloon in the style of ripped notepad paper for Chupacabra’s reciting of their investigations so far.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This issue completely blew me away with its structure and humour as our young Titans hunt the identity of Red X. Everything I love about Teen Titans is packed into this issue which is crammed full of story, chemistry, humour, action and a whole lot of heart. As much as I want to know who Red X is would read endless issues hunting him if they remain at this high of a standard. A collective 10/10 for the whole creative team behind this issue. If you haven’t read this series yet you could easily pick up this almost stand alone issue and see if it works for you.

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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