Static informs the Teen Titans he’s going home, after hearing a deadly virus has infected the city of Dakota. Wonder Girl returns to New York to speak with Cyborg, while feeling insecure about her leadership role with the Titans. Cy advises Cassie to believe in herself, reassuring the heroine she’s capable of leading her Titan teammates. Meanwhile, criminals back in Dakota are attempting to intercept the supplies for the vaccine and Static is doing his best to prevent this. Not to mention, he’s investigating why the private Hollander clinics are the only places that carry the vaccine and antibiotics.
Felicia Henderson does well simplifying the script of this book, especially for fans that may have missed a few issues. This makes for a smoother and faster read. Although the arrangement of speech bubbles during the Titans exercise scene feels disorganized, the rest of the book flows nicely. The writer does a fair job intertwining Cassie’s subplot with Static’s story in Dakota, as the reader is able to see how both narratives come full circle.
Joe Bennett and Jack Jadson team up for another effectively illustrated issue. Bennett does a remarkable job at managing the space used in his panels. Sometimes he assigns several characters to a panel, and other times he’ll add close-ups to prevent white space. In the end, each page feels full and complete.
A strong example of this occurs in the Titan’s exercise scene. Here you’ll notice the heroes using various exercise equipment (Aquagirl is on the gymnastics rings, Beast Boy is riding the exercise bike, Bombshell is kicking a punching bag, and so on). Although this scene may appear typical and lackluster, I do respect Bennett’s knack for introducing a sense of cohesiveness to his pages.
Jadson’s neatly stroked lines lend a sophisticated and polished look to Bennett’s illustrations. In addition, Marcelo Maiolo’s use of colors is astonishing. He’s able to apply an assortment of textures to a character, or object, through his contrast of colors. His use of lighting encourages the visuals to thrive, as well.
The biggest drawback with Teen Titans is the passive reaction from Virgil’s parents, after his return home. Static disappeared from them, for quite sometime, yet the Hawkins’ neglect to force the question about his whereabouts. Instead, the family allows Static to leave their house to-and-fro, as he pleases, as if he’d been home the whole time. I was expecting to see the Hawkins’ scold Virgil, for telling them he “should’ve come back sooner.” Felicia Henderson has to demonstrate more concern from Virgil’s parents. Also, the events taking place aren’t significant enough for a fan to purchase this issue, unless you’re a diehard. Simply reading this book at your comic shop is plenty to keep you updated.
All things considered, Teen Titans #79 takes the reader on a decent adventure with respectable artwork, and straightforward storytelling. Since nothing major happens in this comic, fans may want to skip this issue.
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