... host body? I thought the teen known as Celine turned into an insectoid, not that she was bonding with one. And did we know Cassie Sandsmark was wearing unseen armour? And how did Tim Drake get such a wacky fear?
As it turns out, and thank the stars, Red Robin's biggest anxiety is something else altogether, if I'm reading the issue's close correctly. Whether I'm right or not, I did enjoy the snippets of information we get here that let us know our tyro team a little better. There's even a revelation about the villain - Omen's real name is Lilith, seemingly making her the DC New 52 version of longtime telepathic Titan Lilith Clay, who did call herself Omen for a time. That it's the rarely-talkative Skitter who 'outs' her makes things even more intriguing.
There are a couple of other intriguing references in Scott Lobdell's lively script this time. Omen makes passing reference to Red Robin having 'stared into the hypnotic eye of Two-Face', which is a new one on me. And the Suicide Squad's Amanda Waller, at the scene of the Titans' recent spat with Superboy alongside some guy named Kurt Lance, alludes to them both having been members of (a version of) Wildstorm group Team 7, which Wonder Woman's pal Steve Trevor also had links with, according to Justice League #8. And Lance looks to be a renamed Larry Lance, husband of Black Canary and believed killed by her. I get tickled by these hints about the revamped DC Universe that are popping up in various books, and look forward to learning more - though a trick eye for Two-Face strikes me as terribly unnecessary.
Another thing I got a kick out of this issue was its, probably inadvertent, callback to one of my favourite Teen Titans stories ever, 'Through these doors pass the bravest Titans of them all' (hey, I never said the title was any good) in 1972's #38. That also saw Lilith causing Robin and co to face their fears, though for rather more benevolent reasons. It's a decidedly different superhero drama, and available for cheap viewing in the second Teen Titans Showcase volume.
Mind, the design is likely the doing of the aforementioned absent regulars.
Oh, hang on, Booth and Rapmund are indeed here, providing the cover, in which our heroes look like a particularly tragic Tron tribute act. Never mind, they'll be back to their normal selves after the starting-now Culling storyline is over. Not that the regular costumes are much better, mind.
Teen Titans #38 cover borrowed from the Grand Comics Database.