I'm being sparing in following the Blackest Night crossovers, as the core concept of zombiefied DC heroes and villains isn't an immediate grabber for me. But which old New Teen Titans fan could resist this cover, and the promise that where baby Robert goes, dad Terry Long can't be far behind.
And who knew that Terry would be far more attractive in death than in life? Don't we all love a guy with a little intensity? And isn't it great that Terry's old wedding suit can accessorise the Black Lantern look?
Donna's meeting with Terry Longdead and son is actually rather creepy as written by JT Krul and drawn by Ed Benes. For the first time in years, this is a Donna Troy I recognise; it's as if the death of her estranged husband and baby son made her block off a lot of personality, and their apparent resurrection has set Donna free. In a way, it's as if Donna had been dead too, and she's going to grab life by the balls once again (well, after this crossover, I mean).
Lots more dead Titans folk this month - Lilith, Terra and the two Hawks are the most prominent, but a whole bunch show up before the issue's out. And as with Terry and Robbie, along with the zombies comes better characterisation, with Starfire and Dove especially benefiting in this area.
This is one of my favourite Benes pencil assignments ever. He de-cheesecakes the ladies a tad - breasts are still ample, but further down there's room for internal organs, and the guys get to be as hunky as the girls are gorgeous - and channels the horror in dark, twisted scenes that show just how scary the Titans' world is getting. From the eerie scenes with Robbie to the Grand Guignol theatrics surrounding Hawks and Dove, Benes pulls it off.
Fun and frightening, this is one of the best Titans tales in years.