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Noteworthy Issues: World’s Finest: Teen Titans #6 (December, 2023)

The Titans were embarrassed by Terror-Titans before. Can they stop them in a rematch?

Well, this looks like the last issue of Mark Waid’s World’s Finest spin-off about the original Teen Titans.  About all I will say this early is that the cover for this issue is a wee bit misleading as it features all the Titans characters to appear over the course of the mini-series, and not all of them are in this particular issue.

Issue:  World’s Finest: Teen Titans #6, December 2023

Writer:  Mark Waid

Artists:  Emanuela Lupacchino and Mike Norton

The Plot:  Titans vs Terror-Titans, Round Two!

Commentary:  In issue #5, the Terror-Titans made the Teen Titans look like chumps, but that was largely the product of the Teen Titans’ personal problems interfering with their ability to function as a group.  Robin had the brilliant idea to bring unity back by breaking Batman’s one rule and telling the others his real name.  And…that worked.  The Terror-Titans are essentially tricked into a rematch and are handled rather easily.  The purpose of the issue isn’t really those guys.  They just happened to be there.  The purpose of the overall story was to show how tight the original Titans were, leading to the team that is more family than friends in many respects.

As such, the issue here is mostly to tie up the loose ends, like how Garth and Donna realize they aren’t really a good romantic couple, Roy deals with his issues with an absent mentor, and Dick faces the music of breaking one of Batman’s rules.  Most of the plots are settled in a satisfactory way–the Roy plot seems a little underdone compared to the others–but the Robin/Batman plot actually worked best.  Batman has, over the years, been portrayed as an inflexible taskmaster in many ways, but this issue shows a man who is a lot more fair than his reputation.

As last issues go, it has the same sort of minor let-down feeling of all last issues of this sort.  I get the feeling the story isn’t really over and I want more, but as far as I know, there isn’t any.  The story acted more as a character study in many ways anyway, but since it didn’t feel like it was over when it was, what do I say about that?  It was good, but the weakest issue of the mini-series.

Grade:  B