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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Teen Titans 37 - the Four Horsemen

Haney, Tuska and Cardy give the team another supernatural outing in Teen Titans 37 (Jan/Feb 72).

The story opens as Robin, Kid Flash, Speedy, Wonder Girl, Lilith and Mal Duncan are heading for Jupiter Labs, but get into an accident, and stop for repairs at a strange blacksmith's shop, seeing four terribly dramatic horses there. The story then has Mr. Jupiter send the Teen Titans to an Asian nation to look for a missing reporter.

But what primarily the team winds up dealing with is the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, War Pestilence, Famine and Death. Each one manifests while the Titans are trying to calm down a civil war in the Asian nation.

There is a lot in this story that is commendable, highlighting the difficulty of life of the average people, the shortage of food and medicine, which the Horsemen make worse.

The story doesn't even have a very happy ending, as the war photojournalist they had been sent to find dies at the hands of Death. Even Mr. Jupiter concedes that the Four Horseman can never truly be defeated. The only weak spot in the tale is Tuska's art.

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