Seeing as that I JUST reviewed Teen Titans #2, I really don't have anything else to say to introduce this issue... Um, please don't suck, I guess.
Teen Titans #3:
What Happened: Kid Flash manages to escape from the NOWHERE holding facility with Solstice. Upon getting outside, the two discover that they were somewhere in Antarctica. Oh, and they end up falling down a mountain. Meanwhile, Red Robin(posing as a hobo on a train and traveling with Skitter, who was in a cocoon on the roof of the train) meets up with another young meta-human going by the name of Bunker. Bunker is excited to see Red Robin and explains that he had been following Red Robin's blog(yeah, okay, but what about MY blog?!?) and was interested in joining up with Red Robin to combat NOWHERE. While Red Robin is trying to explain to Bunker that there was no team(the title of this series would beg to differ), their train stops and they are confronted by a mess of mind-controlled people from whatever small town they were passing through. Red Robin tells Bunker to hold off the crowd while he headed to the highest point in town, figuring that would be the best spot to mind control a town of people from. Sure enough, Red Robin bumps into some big junkpile calling itself Detritus, who was intent on conquering humanity, one small town at a time, I guess. Detritus forces Red Robin to forget about him before releasing his mental hold over the townspeople since his experiment had been a success. Red Robin heads back to the train to meet Bunker, who shows Red Robin that a decidedly non-monstrous looking(and mighty confused) Skitter had emerged from the cocoon. Finally, this issue ends with Kid Flash waking up and seeing a snowy town laying in front of him, which is weird seeing as that Kid Flash was in Antarctica and all.
The Good: I can't say there were any characters here that I actively didn't like... From the little I've seen of Solstice, I think she'll be a great addition to the team(hell, I already like her more than her pre-reboot version) and Bunker and Red Robin had a great banter going right off the bat. Now it's just a matter of Scott Lobdell making each different personality fit when the team finally assembles. This comic was extremely fast paced and engaging. I enjoyed the parts with Red Robin & Bunker as well as Kid Flash & Solstice equally. I was happy to see that Lobdell isn't going to keep Skitter as a wild, rampaging beast. Again, just like the last issue, I enjoyed the artwork here. Wonder Girl was only on a single page here, and Superboy was on none!
The Bad: The whole thing with Detritus was strange. I guess it'll set up a battle down the road, but it seemed so out of the blue. I also didn't see how Red Robin was mind controlled into forgetting Detritus that easily. You'd think having worked with Batman would have taught him some anti-mental tampering techniques.
The Verdict: Wow, so why the hell doesn't THIS Scott Lobdell also write Red Hood and the Outlaws and Superboy?! This issue actually gave me some serious hope for this series. I mean it was that good! Hell, I can't believe this is the same series I was so down on only a few minutes earlier(after finishing off issue #2). This issue also clarified to me why I wasn't that high on the first two issues... Four words... Wonder Girl and Superboy. I legitimately don't like either character. I may have liked them in the pre-reboot DCU, but post-reboot? Neither one is likable in the least. So, and I'm as surprised about this as anybody, here's hoping SB and WG aren't major cogs on this team, because they actively hurt my enjoyment of this series... And no, I never thought I'd be typing those words out. I'm actually looking forward to getting the forth issue of this series, something I wouldn't have imagined prior to reading this one, so kudos to Lobdell and company for pulling me aboard.
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.It's taken three issues, but I can finally say it... I like the post-reboot Bart Allen! Huzzah!!!