Teen Titans Go! Digital Issue #26: “Sea Changes”

Written by Merrill Hagan

Illustrated Lea Hernandez

Lettered by Wes Abbott

This month, the Titans don’t want to clean up their messes.

Literally.  As in, Titans Tower is a mess and nobody wants to clean it up.

To Merrill Hagan’s credit, that isn’t the whole story, even though that could have easily been stretched to fill the eleven or so pages that this story will take up in print.  Instead, it starts goofy and then just gets weird.  It’s not remarkably solid through and through, but I applaud the effort regardless.

Seeing as it’s Beast Boy’s turn to clean up and take out the trash, he doesn’t want to do it.  So, he ignores the threats he’s issued and decides to go live somewhere he doesn’t have to clean up.

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Which, as we all know, is the best kind of correct.

Stumbling upon a magic crab, he is talked into living under the sea, where duh, they don’t have to clean because things are already wet.

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And also where he gets punched by Aqualad who’s pulling off a sweet special move.

It goes about as well as you’d expect.

Meanwhile, back at Titans Tower, Robin goes a bit crazy (as he’s prone to do), but then realizes he has a butler on speed dial.

It also goes about as well as you’d expect.

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What a jerk.

As far as this book goes, this was fairly routine.  There have been some truly great installments, and while it doesn’t reach those heights, it’s still enjoyable enough.  The scene where Beast Boy is told he should turn into a sea creature that doesn’t need to breathe oxygen and ends up turning into nothing but mammals is particularly hilarious.  And educational too, come to think of it.

Lea Hernandez’s art is different than Jeremy Lawson’s, with a bit rougher feel and modified character models, but it has its own charm.  There were a few fun background gags, too, which is always nice to see.

Like each installment, it might not be high art or even the best all-ages book out there, but it’s fun for what it is.

Recommended if:

  • You enjoy the Teen Titans Go! TV series.
  • You need a quick read with your kids.
  • You need to learn the difference between a fish and a mammal.

Overall: One of Hagan’s funnier scripts, the sheer weirdness of the whole story made it more enjoyable than I was expecting it to be.  Seeing Robin go a bit power hungry is always funny, and as much as I like Beast Boy, I’d be lying if I said that uppercut wasn’t at least a little bit cathartic.

SCORE: 6.5/10