July 4, 2022

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Noteworthy Issues: Teen Titans Academy #3 (May, 2021)

The Suicide Squad tries a little harder to kidnap Bolt from the Teen Titans Academy.

I wasn’t particularly interested in Teen Titans Academy, but there was a crossover issue with the Suicide Squad series I’ve been more or less enjoying.  Both series were at their third or so respective issues, so it makes some sense to try to use the two to bolster each other.

But I still had no desire to read Teen Titans Academy, but what the hell?  It was included with DC Infinite.

Issue:  Teen Titans Academy #3, May 2021

Writer:  Tim Sheridan

Artists:  Rafa Sandoval, Max Raynor, and Jordi Tarragona

The Plot:  Amanda Waller really wants Bolt, and she knows it!

Commentary:  Honestly, I am not much of a fan of the Titans under most circumstances.  Here, it looks like the main Titans (Nightwing, Cyborg, Raven, Beast Boy, and Donna Troy) are teaching a new generation of younger heroes how to be, well, heroes.  This issue opens with the teachers on a mission, and Bolt doesn’t want to talk about what happened to her when the Suicide Squad tried to kidnap her for Amanda Waller’s own personal Justice League.

It turns out Bolt and Waller know each other.  Bolt lost her legs but still had superspeed, and it was Waller who provided the artificial legs she sometimes uses with the understanding that Waller would someday call in a favor.  Bolt doesn’t want to go, and quick comment:  Bolt’s legs are the sort that are used by some people in the real world.  Is there a reason that Waller didn’t give her some sort of high tech robotic legs or something since I would think the DC Universe Earth has some of those?  I get that’s probably for representation, but that thought did occur to me.

Regardless, the mysterious Red X helps the Squad get into Titans Tower, and they nearly get Bolt before the other students find them and fight back, and then the older Titans come home, and the Squad leaves empty-handed…or with Red X.  But something tells me Red X isn’t staying with the Squad.

From there, there’s some more drama, much of it involving Lobo’s daughter Crush, and I have no idea who most of these characters are, and the issue itself was rather average so I don’t really care to learn.  Not even for the talking gorilla student, and I am a sucker for talking gorillas.

Anyway, I don’t think I’ll be reading another one of these.  It’s not bad, but there’s nothing all that special on display here either.

Grade:  C

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