Welcome back to Strange Times & Places, where today we’re looking at Teen Titans Go! #48, “Wrong Place, Wrong Time”.
How’s It Different?
It’s a new category I’m calling a Crisis on Multiple Earths. It’s the most common way that the multiverse gets adapted into Other Media, since it involves crossing the “real” main characters into another universe. In this case, we see two Royale With Cheese universes – one that’s a standard Mirror Universe subtype and one that’s just plain different.
What’s The Story?
The Teen Titans’ honorary member, Kilowat, has been stranded on their Earth for some time and Raven has finally figured out a way to send him home. Or at least she thinks she has, instead she’s accidentally sent him to a world where the evil Teen Tyrants look for new places to terrorize – and the Teen Titans just demonstrated multiversal travel for them.
Best of Differences
- The Brotherhood of Justice, the heroic counterparts to the Brotherhood of Evil, pop up. Other than applying a little too much Beauty Equals Goodness to the heroic versions of Psimon and General Immortus, it’s pretty nifty – the heroic female Dr. Light is the classic baddie’s counterpart!
- The Teen Tyrants mostly utilize costumes/codenames from their comics’ counterparts darker and edgier eras:
- Aqulad’s counterpart is Tempest, wearing the classic Tempest costume and having the hook hand from 90s Aquaman.
- Speedy’s counterpart is Arsenal, nailing the character’s late 90s Red Arrow-y look.
- Robin’s counterpart is called Red Robin…and that’s basically his only resemblance to the comic version of that character.
- The Team Titans and their decidedly not-cheery world make an appearance, with a Teen Titans TAS twist: Battalion is a version of Cyborg (rather than a large hairy gentleman) and Nightrider is renamed “Nightwing” (possibly accidentally).
Worst of Differences
- Evil Starfire is literally just her sister Blackfire. That seems like a lazy way of approaching the Mirror Universe premise.