Teen Titans #20 Review

Reviewer: Andy Campbell
Story Title: Hiding

Written by: Geoff Johns
Penciled by: Tom Grummett
Inked by: Nelson
Colored by: Jeromy Cox
Lettered by: Comicraft
Associate Editor: Tom Palmer, Jr.
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Publisher: DC Comics

Geoff Johns has almost single-handedly made me love comics again. This book is one of the many reasons why.

In “Hiding,” a couple of loose-ends from “Identity Crisis” are explored…namely, what happened to Lex Luthor’s armor, and how Robin has handled the death of his father. In true Johns fashion, not only are these issues adequately explored, but the rest of the cast have their moments in the sun too. Starfire confers with Cyborg before leaving to be with the Outsiders; Wonder Girl tries to help Raven fit it; Beast Boy…ruins it; Kid Flash and Superboy have a heated conversation due to short nerves. Now, I’m no longer a teenager, but because Johns’s writing is so spot-on, I feel like I can totally relate to these kids.

The art team is also quite good, as none of the emotion looks forced or out of place…or even just misrendered. A lot of the panel layouts are really cool, too, so you can definitely see the design sense of Tom Grummett. For example, check out the similarities between page 18 and page 19. The layouts are done in a similar fashion, but end differently in order to visually show Robin’s different conclusion to each thing he’s feeling. Just nice little touches.

I have no trouble getting excited about all of Geoff Johns’s books, and obviously Teen Titans is no exception. Just a superb story, in and out, every month. Highly recommended.

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