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Convergence: New Teen Titans #2

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Convergence: New Teen Titans #2

Writer Marv Wolfman kicks off “Convergence: New Teen Titans” #2 with a pair of characters racing towards a team-up, but that attempt at peaceful resolution doesn’t follow the gameplan Telos sets forth for the combatants of the “Convergence” event. Nightwing (with the popped collar, which is mercifully toned down by Nicola Scott) from the Teen Titans sets out to rendezvous with Firehawk from the Tangent Universe’s Doom Patrol.

While the two are talking things through, the Doom Patrollers burst through the window and spirit away with Cyborg. Wolfman leverages Cyborg as a plot device, with the Doom Patrol trying to syphon energy from his promethium in order to return to their world and resume their mission of saving the universe. The writer leaves some wiggle room for the Doom Patrol to find heroic avenues to resolve the conflict, but Telos’ will must be obeyed.

Nicola Scott is clearly living the dream with her drawings of the Teen Titans, as she is right inline with the characters’ appearances from the era this team is lifted from. Her Doom Patrol is not as vivacious, however, and the team itself would most likely degrade under any non-90s penciler, given their original designs and limited appearances. Still, Scott makes the Tangent characters work in the story and constructs a gorgeous set of pages around the two teams. Her storytelling is as strong as ever, with Marc Deering inking meticulously detailed pages.

Jeromy Cox’s colors are on-target for the Titans, but he washes the pages in an overabundance of cool greens and blues throughout the issue. The tones wouldn’t be so troublesome, save for the fact that so many members of both casts are clad within the same color palette. From the opening page, Nightwing, Firehawk, Star Sapphire and Changeling struggle to pop from the backgrounds. Yes, they each have accents that help with that, but none of them carry colors as bold as Starfire’s, which all but leaps from Cox’s background selections.

“Convergence: New Teen Titans” #2 isn’t as wordy as the first issue, but very few panels appear without any sort of word balloon in them. Letterer Carlos M. Mangual keeps Scott’s art clean for the most part, and his sound effect choices — despite their modern style — fit the story as prescribed.

The “Convergence” event offers readers and creators the opportunity to revisit beloved properties, characters and teams. Such is definitely the case for “Convergence: New Teen Titans” #2. Wolfman and Scott even check the box by declaring a victor in the battle, though they leave readers hanging as far as paying out the victor’s reward. Wolfman fills the issue out with relationship subplots before reaching the conclusion but, along the way, this feels like a classic Wolfman-era tale. It’s not going to be as memorable as “The Judas Contract” or the classic New Teen Titans’ earlier adventures, but it meets the requirements of the event nicely, giving readers an enjoyable adventure along the way.