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Noteworthy Issues: World’s Finest: Teen Titans #2 (August, 2023)

The Titans respond when a young girl's psychic powers go haywire.

Man, I fell so behind.  Stupid Knight Terrors

Issue:  World’s Finest: Teen Titans #2, August 2023

Writer:  Mark Waid

Artist:  Emanuela Lupacchino

The Plot:  The Titans head to a spooky house to help a scared, psychic girl.

Commentary:  Well, if the first issue suggested problems for Robin and Speedy, this issue…doesn’t deal with that much.  Instead, the issue focuses on a different pair, the team’s couple Aqualad and Wonder Girl.  Like Dick and Roy, they are in a sense a study of opposites in that Donna is a massive extrovert enjoying every second of Man’s World and its many sights, sounds, and smells while Garth is every bit the opposite, an introvert who is mostly shy and quiet among the people of the Surface World.  Is Garth jealous of Donna’s roommate Mal Duncan?  Eh, maybe not.  Bumblebee seems to have an eye on him.

Yeah, in a nice touch, this issue shows there are other Titans who are basically reservists and, in Mal’s case, a future Titan.  Most prominently is probably Omen since the case for the issue involves a young girl who develops some scary psychic powers and has essentially taken over a scary-looking old house.

Also nice is Omen doesn’t save the day despite the fact that, well, she theoretically could as a telepath.  It actually comes down to one of the three Titans who entered the house while the others went to talk to the girl’s friends:  Roy, Donna, and Garth.  Now, Roy isn’t the focus for the issue, so it isn’t him, but the other two, well, it actually comes down less to powers and more to character work, and I was left pleasantly surprised with how this issue resolved the problem this girl was going through, all done in a manner that suggested punching someone in the face wasn’t the answer and the girl needed help, something that was not exactly a surprise, but it was in how she got it.

I’d say more, but it would go against my general desire not to give out spoilers.  Suffice to say, it really worked.

Grade:  A-