Teen Titans 13 NM Lopresti Monsters DCU Variant Cover Manchester Black 1st prin


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Teen Titans (2014 5th Series) #13B Monsters Variant Cover

Published Jan 2016 by DC
Monsters Variant Edition by Aaron Lopresti
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by Ricken, Paolo Pantanlena and Noel Rodriguez
32 pages, full color

With Superboy’s fate revealed and the world turned against them, the Teen Titans must decide a new course-or go their separate ways!

Part V of Rogue Targets opens with the team divided. Bunker and Beast Boy square off with Dr. Psycho at the M.A.W., while Raven lies unconscious nearby. On the prison’s security level, Manchester Black attempts to take charge of things, but Power Girl begins to buckle under his leadership. After a brief pity party (and empowering speech) at the Chamber of Harvest, Tim, Cassie, and Bart find their way back to the M.A.W. and infiltrate the prison to help out the rest of the team. Along the way, Raven crosses a line, Power Girl gets nasty, and a new player arrives on the scene to put a beatdown on the Titans.

The issue opens in the M.A.W. with Dr. Psycho as he taunts Bunker while breaking through his purple brick wall. Bunker steps up to the plate, creates a giant brick construct of a superhero and…gets his ass kicked by Psycho! Funny thing is, he’s not even interested in Bunker after all. No, he has his mind set on Raven.

Meanwhile, Manchester Black has gathered most of the Elite and is barking out orders. Power Girl senses somethings not right, but Black just discounts her and tells her to follow orders.

Away from the M.A.W., Red Robin, Kid Flash and Wonder Girl are in the Chamber of Harvest trying to figure things out. Bart may still be a real prick towards Tim, but Cassie seems to have turned a new page. I guess dealing with Harvest and seeing Kon explain himself and then desert them all made her take a walk, have some hot superhero gal thinking time…

Back in the M.A.W., Dr. Psycho turns Beast Boy from a Rhino to a hummingbird and then puts him to sleep so that he can work on Raven. Dr. Psycho finally enters Raven’s mind and it’s not all pinatas and RC Cola for him. In fact, it’s a trap and before you can say “Trigon”, Psycho is spitting out blood and passes out.

Red Robin figures out how to hack Harvest’s teleporter and he, Bart and Cassie are suddenly in the M.A.W. with everyone else. Raven tells them there is no riot (it was Psycho making them think there was) and Bart flip flops and now protects Tim Drake with his life.

It continues as Manchester Black goes demon hunting and finds what he came for in the first place…Despero! I put the exclamation point there because if Black can convince Despero to join him against the Teen Titans, there may not be a team much longer. Thankfully it was a trap set by Chimera and Power Girl and while it felt too Clayface like, if it gets rid of Black, I’m in.

It doesn’t, not yet at least. Manchester Black grabs Tanya and finds out that nobody puts Power Girl in the corner. She gets mad and when Power Girl gets mad, she grows really tall?!? When did this happen? Manchester Black tries to explain it by saying he put drugs in her food, but I’d rather she just yells “Inukchuk” and goes all Apache Chief.

She then goes hog wild on Black and if he’s not dead, he’s hurt real, real bad. Cassie let’s us know that he is basically done being this book’s villain just as a new one arrives. Alpha Centurion from the Doomed crossover appears!

Titans is an American superhero streaming television series created by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti. Based on the DC Comics team Teen Titans, the series depicts a group of young heroes who join forces in their fight against evil. Featured as members of the eponymous Titans are Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), Kory Anders (Anna Diop), Rachel Roth (Teagan Croft), Gar Logan (Ryan Potter), Jason Todd (Curran Walters), Donna Troy (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger (Minka Kelly), Rose Wilson (Chelsea Zhang), and Conner (Joshua Orpin).

A live-action series based on the Teen Titans entered development in September 2014. Originally intended for TNT, a pilot written by Goldsman and Marc Haimes was ordered in December 2014, but TNT departed from the project in 2016 before filming took place. In April 2017, it was announced that the series was being redeveloped by Goldsman, Johns, and Berlanti for DC Universe as its first original scripted program. Thwaites was cast as Dick in September 2017 and other series regulars were cast between August and October 2017.

Titans premiered on October 12, 2018. The first and second seasons were released on DC Universe; the third season premiered on HBO Max. A fourth season has also been announced.

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