Teen Titans #15
Written by: Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Art by: Ed Benes & Jorge Jimenez
Colored by: Dinei Ribero & Alejandro Sanchez
This issue is part 3 of the Super Sons of Tomorrow arc, be sure to pick up Superman #37 and Super Sons #11 for parts 1 and 2 if you haven’t already, you won’t regret it. Hot off the trail of taking out Batman and Superman, Tim Drake of Tomorrow now has his sights set on Jon Kent. This issue picks up straight after Jon Kent lost control of his abilities and unleashed a solar flare, just like New 52 Superman did, putting his friends in jeopardy while Conner Kent, Cassie Sandsmark and Bart Allen try to figure out how to bring Tim of Tomorrow back to the future.
The first page starts off with an establishing shot of a smoldering Teen Titans Tower. The Titans are down for the count and Jon is sinking deeper into the water having presumably passed out after flaring out. Damian dives in to rescue him.
The story follows Tim Drake as he searches for a prototype Titan uniform that can hopefully make him untraceable to his friends as we get more insight into why he became Batman, but Tim doesn’t want to operate in the dark anymore, he wants to emerge from the rising sun as a Savior. Tim is now in his new suit, which has distinct similarities to Flashpoint Thomas Wayne.
Damian and Jon are now on board a submarine back to their friends as the discuss Jon’s new power and what it might mean. Jon is scared and Damian does a great job of reassuring him that he won’t let him hurt his friends or anyone else and he even let’s his hard exterior weaken for a moment as he utters the line “friends help each right?” Jon replies that he thought they were just partners and Damian returns to his default setting by replying “Shut up Jon”.
Fast forward to the future the Titans of Tomorrow and thanks to Tim’s new Savior suit have lost track of him and hope that Tim hasn’t already screwed up the time continuum.
Our Teen Titans have now recovered, a little too fast if you ask me, and are in a war of words with Tim of Tomorrow about what to do about Jon now that he possesses such a devastating new power. The Titans agree to let Tim help them find Jon and depower him as long as he doesn’t try to kill him. Suddenly, Tim’s arm begins to demateralize and we see that it is returning to the future where Bart grabs a hold of it. Tim convinces Raven to take him and go after Jon together without the others as Beast Boy’s has reservations about their new plan, but Aqualad isn’t worried as he knows how to find Jon and proclaims “I know where they are.”
I enjoyed Tomasi’s story even though it wasn’t the story I wanted to see in Part 3 but our future Titans motivations needed to be established so we’ll just have to wait a little longer for the meeting of both Titans teams that has been hinted at. Part 4 continues in Superman #38.
The art in this issue was top notch and some of Jimenez’s single panel pages took my breath away. The only issue I have is how Cassie is being drawn, her face is very inconsistent across different pages and it took me out of the story a little bit. On the plus side Conner and Bart look awesome in their uniforms.
Super Sons of Tomorrow is a must read if you are heavily invested in the Rebirth big picture. Even if Teen Titans is not your pull list you should be picking up this up. It’s too important to skip.
8 out of 10.