Go Wally, go! There is a standing joke here that if everyone does it one way, Dan will do it the other. I think that was first proved with The New Teen Titans #37. Every Brother Blood member and his dog was reading artist George Perez and writer Marv Wolfman's revamp of The Teen Titans by this point, and while this crossover was a natural team-up of two parties each led by one half of the Dynamic Duo, it was also an obvious push to get this titanic audience aware of the newish title Batman and The Outsiders.
A fan of freaky looking teams, for 'outsider' me, it was vica versa.
Instantly proving the Titans' status of 'cool' were George's detailed pencils, in one of the most action-packed covers I'd ever seen - and that title still stands! Half of the crossover's inter-connecting cover spread, as I dove into the opening pages of The Fearsome Five's prison bust, I kept flicking back to check out it's brilliance. Black Lightning and Metamorpho looked fantastic, while Robin and some 'cyborg' gave it their all.
With Shimmer and Mammoth, Wolfman showed what a dangerous yet loyal sibling act lie at the heart of The Fearsome Five. The first of three sets of relatives at the core of this issue, these two Australians would witness a quick leadership struggle between a pre-Identity Crisis Dr Light and the winner, Psimon, before setting out to kidnap Dr Jace, a specialist renowned for gifting people with special abilities.
Also alerted to Jace's location, Terra rushes to track the doc from her past, with her teammates, The New Teen Titans in tow. Hotheaded, she fires off at the first suspects she sees, The Outsiders. Making for a pretty cool, yet somewhat obligatory team super-hero showdown!
Grand while it lasts, the fight ceases as folks recognise the arrival of Wonder Girl's unbeaten red and yellow starred outfit. The Titans/ Outsiders alliance is then backed by the arrival of Geo-Force, Terra's brother and the Outsider who proves Marvel's Northstar and Aurora aren't the only super-powered siblings who dress alike.
Sure that's all mushy and good, but as both heroic teams realise their leaders should be in on the game, the two other 'relatives' at the heart of this tale step forward. Bruce Wayne is stunned as my original addiction to DC, Dick Grayson, births the phrase 'WTF' right here...
Robin was thinking of walking away from being 'The Dynamic Duo'?! This was my first sign that DC was finally letting Grayson step to the side and cast his own shadow. About damn time.
In fact the only ones who come close to overshadowing him in this romp are the feisty Katana and the empathic Raven. Yet even their combined powers can't help the teams arrive in time to stop Dr Jace from unwillingly transforming hundreds of unknowing victims into an army of awesome looking yet deadly mud-men.
As the battle of the closing pages proves brutally short, the outcome literally left me sitting numb on the edge of the couch. If I had had a sibling like Geo-Force, I would have wanted him to work at DC just so I could phone for the answer to the issue's conclusion.. but alas I had to wait for Batman and the Outsiders #5. Boy, did I wait.
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