Raven has brighter-colored clothes in her closet at Titans Tower. She just doesn’t wear them because most of her teammates have never really seen her wihout her cloak on, so she’s still pretty nervous about what they’ll think.
It may or may not be a source of major anxiety when Gar’s around.
And I noticed something.
Conner attacks the other members of the Teen Titans in such a way that it’s pretty much certain he—or, rather, Luthor—is trying to kill them. Everyone, that is, except Tim. Conner blasts Tim through a window with his heat vision, but otherwise, he stays away from him until Tim makes a move on him. And even then, the only major damage he does is to break Tim’s arm.
Vic got ripped apart. Cassie got beaten within an inch of her life. Bart and Gar got hit the worst by the heat vision. Raven and Mia got buried in rubble. But Tim just got his arm broken. Why?
A couple of theories I have:
1) Arguably the most plausible one—Luthor and Brainiac needed someone to be able to function enough to send the distress signal to the Outsiders, to draw them all into the same area together and make them easier to take out. It also needed to be someone without significant hope of being able to fight off Conner. This, however, would’ve also left Mia as an option, especially since both she and Tim had an emotional connection to the Outsiders as both of their older brothers-of-sorts were on the team.
2) Admittedly a bit of a stretch—Luthor and Brainiac needed Tim alive for some reason, more so than they would need the others. This is also supported by the second big fight, wherein all that really happens to Tim is that he’s thrown back by Conner’s TTK and hits his head. Now, at this point in time, Tim’s arm is broken and in a splint, so you could blame that on Tim just hanging back, but I feel like that would be slightly out of character for Tim. He’s not the type to stay behind when his friends are in danger, no matter what. So, yes, I think that maybe Tim was needed for some reason.
Which one do I like more? Number two.
It is absolutely, entirely Dick’s fault that a few traditions have been started in both the Batfamily and the Teen Titans. Pie on major holidays, fuzzy pillows everywhere, hideous outfits mysteriously appearing in people’s closets, etc. But mostly, it’s the fact that if anybody is sick or injured, it’s not uncommon for them to wake up the next morning with one or more of their relatives/friends/teammates piled into their bed with them. The most amazing thing about this is that nobody can figure out how he made this a tradition.
The Core 4 Reviews...Reboot Teen Titans
- Cassie: I sparkle.
- Tim: Yup.
- Cassie: I hate it already.
- Conner: Why do I have a tattoo on this cover? What is this?
- Bart: I kind of like my outfit.
- Tim: Let's not critique too much before we read the first few pages.
- Bart: ...
- Conner: Things are blowing up. Therefore, nothing has changed.
- Cassie: Oh, look, Tim is still a stalker.
- Tim: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Who the hell is that guy?
- Bart: The...bad guy...? I--I don't--
- *Issue 5*
- Conner: I GLOW.
- Tim: I have wings.
- Conner: YOUR ARGUMENT IS INVALID BECAUSE LOOK THAT'S NOT HOW YOU TTK
- Cassie: Congratulations on the rubber faces, guys.
- Tim: I have...fricking...feathers, what--who authorized this?
- Bart: Um, do they know that wearing each others' costumes is something couples do when they're...you know...dating and stuff...?
- *Issue 10*
- Cassie: POSSIBILITY HAS BEEN BROKEN
- Conner: GAAAAAHHHH OH MY JUST NO
- Cassie: IT GOT WORSE
- Bart: IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE
- Tim: MAKE IT STOP MAKE IT STOP MAKE IT STOP
- Bart: IT'S LIKE DYING ALL OVER AGAIN
- Conner: SLOW AND PAINFUL
- *Issue 13*
- Tim: I'M DONE
- Bart: THIS IS SO DUMB I CAN'T EVEN
- Tim: THIS IS NOT A THING THAT YOU DO TO PEOPLE
- Cassie: I'M GONNA CRY
- Conner: KILL IT WITH FIRE I DO NOT APPROVE
Tim owns, operates, and utilizes multiple homes and safe houses across the globe. He runs them all on his own private budget, separate from the Wayne family or any others who might contribute. Typically, he keeps the safe houses, or parts of them, open to anyone with JLA clearance, but he keeps all the keys for the residences with himself at all times. Occasionally, he forgets which key is for his actual apartment, so he has to spend twenty minutes trying them all.
His actual apartment, by the way, is not located in Gotham City. Well, it’s where he is if the press is getting a little pushy and he requires the cover, but it’s not home to him. Home to Tim is the little bitty house he has in a suburb of Los Angeles, because it’s closer to the Teen Titans.
Nobody asks where he gets the money for all this, though. They don’t really want to know.
CR1MSON CONSIDERS (with visual aid!)…Titans of Tomorrow Tim Drake
I always loved this scene. I always loved the Titans of Tomorrow. But this scene in particular, alongside the scene with Robin!Tim and Batman!Tim in the graveyard in Gotham City, was always my favorite out of the whole arc.
I love it because it shows some of the subtleties of Tim’s character as he grows older. Tim is a man who sees great beauty in efficiency. His ultimate mission is not just to stop crime, but tocompletely eliminate it. And Deula is an obstacle that must be removed, one way or another. Sure, he’s all for rehabilitation—tough love and all that—but if that doesn’t work, the fact of the matter is that this person cannot change. So he removes her from the equation, because he’s been patient enough. He’s tried everything else, and nothing has worked. He has to get forceful, has to make her into an example. Anything for efficiency’s sake.
We also see a greater sense of moral ambiguity here, of course. But if you think about it, it’s even scarier when we factor in preboot Red Robin, because that was where he was. He worked with the League of Assassins. He pulled some pretty questionable stunts that probably got people killed. And he brushed it off, really, because they were in his way. They were bad guys. Now, granted, he did express remorse a few times, such as the ninjas that died in his attempt to trap the Council of Spiders. He felt guilty that people died on his mission. But there wasn’t much else behind that. Now, obviously, Batman!Tim is a bit of an extreme when it comes to amorality, but my point is that we saw the beginnings of this in the preboot universe.
Keep in mind, also, that many of the things that happened in time in preboot continuity were predicted in the Titans of Tomorrow arc. The Teen Titans were said to have split up after “the Crisis”, Superboy was implied to have met an ugly fate. Tim made a deal with Ra’s al Ghul at some indeterminate point in the past. Ravager turned to the side of the angels, so to speak. Bruce was dead, or at least believed to be dead. All things that happened. So you have to wonder…was Tim set up for the fall?
Bart has a habit of coming up with theme songs for everyone on the team. He is also in no way conspicuous about it, seeing as he usually sings a person’s theme song as they walk in a room. But after a successful mission, he’ll usually start belting out, loudly and off-key, Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It”.
So, I wasn’t reading Teen Titans (preboot comic) when Nicola Scott was on as the artist. But I loved and adored her style, and I just had to know:
Was there ever a panel in there anywhere where she drew Tim without his mask on? If so, could someone please send along a picture to my submission box or link me?
Anonymous asked: Pet peeve: loudmothed people who says I'm too soft-spoken, and that they can't hear anything, then they out me for being quiet. Don't know if it is a pet-peeve, but it sure anooys me. ^^;
Why, you ask? Because Cass Cain FTW, that’s why.
“Yeah, so then I was like—”
“—and you wouldn’t believe the size of that truck, God, it must’ve been—”
“It’s the stupidest thing—”
Tim nodded politely as one of the newer Titans animatedly related the tale of a wonderfully unfortunate first date. Titans New Year’s Eve parties were always a big deal, but Tim usually found himself hanging around the fringes of the festivities. And it wasn’t because he didn’t like the Titans; it was just that he wasn’t much of a party person. Besides, they brought about ten people onto the team every time he ducked out for a while, so he never did know many people. A lot of them seemed to know him, though, for reasons that were not entirely clear. But the only person that caused excitement here was—
That’s my cue, Tim thought, excusing himself and going to join his sister. For a girl who could put ten assassins on the ground in less than a minute, she looked remarkably uncomfortable. Tim wound an arm around her shoulders. “You gonna be alright, sis?” he asked.
Cass nodded. “Just…nervous,” she admitted. “Many people. Lots of noise.”
Tim sighed. “I understand completely. Maybe we’ll get an opportunity to slip away soon.”
Cass stuck close to Tim the entire time. Not even Superboy could pry her away from her brother’s side. They mostly drifted, making small talk with various people that looked familiar enough. It was in a conversation with some of the older Titans that they finally saw an opportunity for escape.
It was some sort of political discussion—speculation on Mitt Romney’s chances of getting elected or something to the effect. Tim honestly hadn’t been paying much attention to either campaign because he didn’t foresee himself voting for anyone, but at some point in the conversation, Beast Boy piped up, “C’mon, you two. You should talk some. We want to hear your opinions.”
Tim and Cass had both just nodded at him. A few moments later, Tim worked up enough courage to start, “Well, to be honest—”
But the others were already moving on, talking over him. He glowered and tried again, but it was like his voice was just a buzzing fly in their ears: annoying, and easily overlooked. Tim huffed and turned to Cass. “You know what? I think I’m getting a call from Bruce. He’s in Juarez this week, might need our help. Should we check it out?”
There were a lot of things that crossed Cass’s face in that moment, but the most prominent was relief. “Yes.”
“The sound of chewing, especially if it’s with their mouth open.”
This is actually the first time I will have ever written the original Teen Titans team. Tell me if I screwed it up?
Dick’s face shot up from the Sunday morning comics, bright as the sun and with a smile covered in spit and little flecks of granola. “Yeah?” he replied, but it was muffled by the half-chewed food still in his mouth.
Donna, Roy, Wally, and Garth were all glaring at him, looking phenomenally displeased with their leader. “I’m not asking you to stop eating or anything,” Donna told him, “but could you at least just close your mouth while you’re chewing?”
Okay, now Dick was just confused. He swallowed the mammoth bite in his mouth before continuing. “But it was closed.”
Donna shook her head. “No, Dick. No, it wasn’t.”
“It really wasn’t,” Garth affirmed.
“You were kind of drooling milk and fruit juice all over the table,” Wally said. “It was the grossest thing I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen old dudes running without shirts on in my neighborhood.”
Dick stuttered, “B-but—b-but I always eat like this!”
Donna sighed in exasperation. Roy leaned forward to punch his shoulder good-naturedly. “Look, you’re our friend and all, and we love you,” he told Dick, “but until you can learn to eat like a human, you may just have to eat in your room or something.”
Dick threw his hands up in the air. No way to win with these impossible people. No way
Movie night with the Core 4 is surprisingly tumultuous, mostly because everyone has a different taste in movies. You’d expect Cassie to vote for the romances or the dramas, but she’s typically all for a good thriller. Tim likes sci-fi and movies that make you think (and he would sit in when the others watch mysteries, but he gets exiled every time they try because, um, detective). Bart prefers comedies and horror to most everything else. Conner is a big fan of anything Robert De Niro or Arnold Schwarzenegger, no matter the genre.
As a result, it is almost literally impossible for them to choose a movie they all want to watch together. They usually end up settling the disagreement over a coin flip or quick rock-paper-scissors game.
You know—that fic.
That one where the Teen Titans get transported into a pathway dimension, a place situated between two other dimensions. And there was only one portal that ends up shutting pretty much permanently, trapping the Titans in the pathway dimension. This dimension turns out to be a steampunk version of their world, but without the discernable presence of any Titans-like figures. So they just sort of less-than-quietly integrate themselves into that world.
And when something happens that allows the others to go find them, it’s only been a few months on New Earth, but it’s been years in the pathway dimension.
Why hasn’t anyone written that fic?
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