[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Robin decides that it’s time for the Teen Titans to go after Deathstroke the Terminator. Kid Flash and Red Arrow are wary of this idea, but Damian convinces the team to come along for the ride anyway–but the Teen Titans don’t know that Damian is planning on putting Slade in his private prison beneath the team headquarters. They ambush Slade Wilson at a barber shop in Georgia, but Deathstroke sees the attack coming. It’s a vicious battle to bring down Slade, and the Teen Titans may not be up to the task.
Teen Titans #28 starts the “Terminus Agenda” crossover between this book and Deathstroke.
Robin is still disturbed by the encounters he had with Deathstroke during the Lazarus Contract and the events of “Deathstroke vs. Batman.” Slade Wilson haunts Damian’s dreams, and he won’t be happy until Deathstroke is shut down.
Damian is arrogant and duplicitous, and those qualities drive much of the plot. Damian doesn’t tell the others why he really wants to go after Slade (lying by telling them he is with the Other), and he doesn’t tell them what he plans to do with Slade if they catch him.
The big showdown between the Teen Titans and Deathstroke is awesome. Robin sets out an elaborate ruse to catch Slade off guard, but it’s unsuccessful. This leaves the team facing Deathstroke head-on, and Slade is able to intuit the team’s weaknesses with ease.
Bernard Chang’s artwork brings it all to life with a seeming ease of its own. Chang’s style is sleek, stylish, and bears an energy fitting for the the youthful team at the heart of the story. The battle sequence looks especially good, and it’s end is a little unnerving. Marcelo Maiolo’s colors are dynamic and lively, pairing with Chang’s work very well.
Teen Titans #28 brings an exciting and hard-hitting opening to “The Terminus Agenda.” The battle has already begun, and Robin is once again lying to and manipulating his team, and Slade reminds the team why he’s known as the world’s deadliest assassin. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Teen Titans #28 comes to us from writer Adam Glass, artist Bernard Chang, color artist Marcelo Maiolo, letterer Rob Leigh, cover artist Carlo Pagulayan with Jason Paz and FCO Plascencia, and variant cover artist Mico Suayan with Romulo Fajardo Jr.