Teen Titans
The Future is Now

Author: Geoff Johns
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 6.99
ISBN 1 84576 206 1
Available 23 January 2006

The Titans' weekends are usually a chance to get away from it all, but this time they're really gone... to the 31st century. There, they must help the Legion of Superheroes stop a threat known as the Fatal Five Hundred. Their return trip drops them off a mere ten years into the future, but it's not a place they want to stay. Most of the team are horrified at what they grow up to become and what these adult Titans do to accomplish their goals. The final story brings them back home to welcome their newest member - Speedy - who arrives just in time to oppose Dr. Light. His memory restored, Dr. Light comes looking for retribution for the humiliating defeats the Titans have handed him over the years. The dark times of the future appear to be starting right about now...

The Future is Now sounds, in principle, like a really clever idea - and one that should be full of exciting plot threads. Sadly, and I really do mean sadly, it never really seems to get off the ground.

Part of the problem is that the author, Geoff Johns, is trying to be a little too clever and just goes too far. The end result is a not very credible plot. Okay: "How credible a story are you expecting with a bunch of costumed superheroes," I hear you cry. But even fanciful creations need to have their storylines grounded in a coherent plotline. Personally I felt as though someone was trying a little too hard to keep my attention - and that is never a good thing.

It also helps if you've read some of the recent Infinite Crisis series of graphic novels. These explain an unethical deed which the JLA performed in order to save mankind - a deed they committed against a villain and one of their own. If you haven't been following that story arc, some of The Future is Now may be a little confusing.

The artwork is pretty run-of-the-mill - although there are a couple of excellent Batman illustrations that really stand out. At the end of the day, though, there is nothing here that really impresses.

A bit of a let down really. One for serious Teen Titans fans only.

Nick Smithson

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