Will Pfeifer and Scott Hepburn bring us another issue of Teen Titans with a brand new member added to the roster. Power Girl! Not the buxom beauty that we’re accustomed to, but a fresh face teen who’s been bestowed with the powers of the Earth 2 heroine.

Issue #6 delivers some quick action early. Picking up right where last month’s issue left off, we see the Titans make light work of the hooligans who caused trouble within the city limits. After disposing of the drug fiend teens with powers, the cast heads back to Bunker and Beast Boy’s apartment for celebratory Caprisuns. Seriously, no room in the budget for the Titans to get a cool lair or something?  I guess they are teenagers, so having your own place is rather cool. We’re then presented with an origin story for Tanya, the new Power Girl and member of the Teen Titans. She has all the motivation to become a superhero. Powers gifted to her from a full-fledged hero, tragic lost of a loved one. Her motivation seems to ruffle a few feathers. Particularly, Red Robin’s.

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I may have been looking into a bit much, but this part was interesting. She basically called out the Titans for the way they do business. Then Wonder Girl chimes in, agreeing that things have been stale. I kind of felt like this was the comic addressing itself. The Teen Titans title has had a bit of a rough start. And with their recent reboot, it’s trying to find its footing. So if they truly are the new generation of heroes, this is the time to go out on a limb and prove it

The Manchester Black arc continues for the rest of the story. I’m still trying to figure out what the deal is with that guy. He’s obviously keeping watch on the Titans every move, so he’s definitely up to something. However, he’s still pushing for a Teen Titan/S.T.A.R. Labs team up and desperately needs their help. I will say this, the hazard pay at places like S.T.A.R. Labs or Arkham Asylum have to be sky high. These places are always getting attacked.

As mentioned before in the last review, the faces tend to change often from panel to panel. Now that I’m accustomed to it, I’ve found consistency in it. I just imagined it the same way the characters would contort their faces on the cartoon (the Teen Titans, not Teen Titans Go….no offense). The backgrounds are usually left pretty basic. The colors done by Dan Brown offer more life to each panel, but the barren backgrounds seem to work well at keeping the focus exactly where it needs to be. My focus did slip at one point, when I couldn’t help but notice a My Little Pony poster in the background. Forget secret identities, are Miguel and Gar secretly Bronies? What does being a brony actually entail? On another note, a two-page side tangent has a funny interaction and some well drawn pictures related to Raven. Not sure if this was just for comedic relief or if something further will come along.

Recommended if:

  • Interested in the new Power Girl/Teen Titans member
  • Just started following the title
  • Want to see a shirtless man in a leather coat with a large Union Jack tattoo on his torso

Overall:

I’d like to learn some more about Manchester Black since he’s become such a pivotal character to the story. The solicit for this issue mentioned that the fight for the soul of the Teen Titans continues. I believe this is figuratively within the events of the story as well as the title itself. This story arc is definitely worth checking out if you plan on following this book.

SCORE: 7.5/10