Teen Titans Go! #19: “May I Have This Trance?”

Written by Sholly Fisch

Illustrated by Jorge Corona

Colored by Jeremy Lawson

Lettered by Wes Abbott

Cover by Dan Hipp

Cyborg acts like a chicken.

Robin disco dances in his underwear.

Starfire becomes a 17th-century French philosopher.

All because Beast Boy accomplished the one thing every kid wished would really happen: he ordered something from the back of a comic book and it actually worked.

In this case, it was a pair of Hypno-Spex™ hypnotic glasses, and in the hands of Beast Boy… well, you know how it goes.

Frankly, there isn’t much to this story, as I pretty much summed up the bulk of it with the opening three sentences, but it’s still pretty funny.  Cyborg starts clucking like a chicken and (somehow) starts shooting eggs out of his cannon, while Robin, angry at Cyborg for leaving an open can of motor oil in the shower, dances around using dated slang and Starfire muses on the nature of, well, everything.  It’s silly and breezy, which I use to describe this book quite often, but there’s a level of comfort in the goofy stories Sholly Fisch writes and the vibrant, kinetic imagery brought forth by Jorge Corona and Jeremy Lawson.  Nothing earth-shattering, just fun, silly nonsense to get you through the day and enjoy with your kids.

Sadly, this issue is lacking in any real sight gags or Easter eggs, but there’s a “plot twist” toward the end that had me rolling from the absurdity of it.

Spoiler
It was Raven’s motor oil.

Enjoy it for what it is: a funny diversion for less than a buck, written by one of the funniest voices in comics today.

Recommended if:

  • You have young kids you want to enjoy comics with.
  • You like the Teen Titans Go! TV series.
  • You want a few good laughs.

Overall: At this point, if you’re not on board with this series then nothing anyone says will change that.  Still, there are worse books you could spend a dollar on, and continuity-free silliness is a breath of fresh air every now and then.

SCORE: 7/10