Review: The New Teen Titans #28

New Teen Titans #28 cover
Cover by George Pérez

The New Teen Titans #28
Published and © by DC, February 1983

Title: “Terra in the Night”
Synopsis: The Teen Titans come to blows with Terra – but will the powerful earthmover be friend or foe?

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciler: George Pérez
Inker: Romeo Tanghal

Review: This is one of those transitional issues that plague team books from time to time. There’s a lot going on – an assortment of personal problems, the advancement of a subplot or two and the return of an important new character – but nothing really happens. Still, writer Marv Wolfman is great at characterization and George Pérez’s storytelling is as masterful as usual. Not the strongest issue of their New Teen Titans run, certainly, but one that lays the ground work for one of the most powerful arcs of Bronze Age.

Grade: B+

Cool factor: We didn’t know it at the time, but “The Judas Contract” is already underway.
Not-so-cool factor: In retrospect, the clues aren’t as subtle as they once seemed.

Collector’s note: According to the Grand Comics Database, there is a 75¢ Canadian variant of this issue. … According to MyComicShop.com, there is also a Mark Jewelers variant.

Character quotable: “Tell you what. Forget this crime junk. Let’s catch a movie, eat some popcorn, maybe neck a little …” – Changeling , apparently in the shape of a green lech (one of his recurring favorites!)

Editor’s note: This review was written circa 2014.

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