One of the students at Teen Titans Academy has adopted Dick Grayson’s Red X identity, and one recruit has been identified as the prime suspect.
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The new Teen Titans Academy series introduced the kids who might become the next generation of heroes, all trained by the original Teen Titans. However, this new educational facility has been infiltrated by a familiar face who could bring death and destruction to the world.
Red X was an undercover identity that Dick Grayson took on when he was Robin. Oddly enough, the character first appeared on the Teen Titans animated series, and recently made the jump to comics, now appearing in Teen Titans Academy. Red X has evolved into a central figure in the comic, with the first two issues focusing on the mystery of who has currently taken up the identity, with one particular academy student standing out as the prime suspect.
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Out of all the new students at Teen Titans Academy, Matt Price is the one with the most mystery surrounding his identity. In the second issue, he established himself as a loner by refusing to participate in activities with other kids. He instead chose to engage in a solitary game meant to sharpen his tactical skills, and blatantly declared that he was stronger than anyone else at the school, including Cyborg. He also admitted to having no memory of his previous life, having literally fallen out of the sky the year before joining the academy.
Matt could easily be the man behind the mask, considering his level of power and skill. Additionally, his lack of knowledge about his origins could make him susceptible to being manipulated by an outside party, including Amanda Waller, although his recent confrontation with her Suicide Squad makes this scenario unlikely. There is also the fact that Waller has forced Connor Kent to join the Suicide Squad as Superboy, and in this issue, Cyborg and Nightwing both state that Matt reminds them of Conner, an observation that worries Cyborg. While Matt might not be a Superboy clone, he could still be the result of some kind of experiment.
When it comes to Red X, there are also clues that make Matt look like the main suspect. While Nightwing and Cyborg were talking, Matt asked to go to the library. After Cyborg and Nightwing finished talking, Nightwing went to the command center and Red X was there downloading information from the Teen Titans’ computers. The two had a small fight and Red X fled. He later showed up again to confront Alinta, aka Bolt.
It turns out that Alinta has a connection to the Suicide Squad, and Waller believes that she has some claim to her. Fortunately, Red X was present to protect her from the squad and has proven powerful enough to do so, once again drawing a possible connection to the mysterious Matt Price.
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