Titans has been one of my favorite superhero team books this year. Writer Dan Abnett has done a good job creating team chemistry, infighting, and utilizing characters’ power sets to their fullest. Bumblebee has added another layer of discontent as the heroes attempt to restore her memories.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
‘JUDAS AMONG US’! As Omen begins her investigation into the identity of the team’s traitor, the Titans launch a full assault on H.I.V.E., who they believe hold the key to restoring Bumblebee’s broken mind. Meanwhile, tensions rise when Roy discovers Wally and Donna’s blossoming romance – which threatens to tear the Titans apart!
Why does this book matter?
Flash has a heart issue, Donna Troy discovered she’s not even real, and Red Arrow is seriously getting jealous of star crossed lovers. Though it may not have teen in the front of the title, the drama runs quite thick with this series.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Nice punch Raven!
Abnett utilizes a neat villain trick to full effect in this issue where they can change their powers on the fly by simply asking for them. The character doing this works for a company that was stealing the powers of heroes and villains a few issues ago and that story element is taken forward here. Call it what you want, but this is a fight comic and Abnett has every hero take part in interesting and sometimes surprising ways; underlining all that, Raven has a suspicion there is a double cross going on and one of the Titans has screwed the pooch for the rest. We get solid captions from here that further makes the reader aware something isn’t quite right. Speaking of not quite right, Flash’s captions do a good job of getting inside his head so we understand something really strange is going on with him. There’s a big tease as to what that is and Abnett may not reveal it here, but boy will you wish he did.
V. Ken Marion draws a solid comic with some Todd McFarlane vibes here and there (particularly the scientist the heroes fight). Just look at the full page spread above and you can see Marion gets all the heroes into one panel and they all look rather cool. There may be closeups used to focus your attention, but you’re never lost in the action, which is a tricky thing to pull off with a team book like this. The last page builds tension very well too, with Nightwing calling out a character in epic fashion. I don’t know about you, but I literally gasped on the last panel and that’s partly due to how Marion framed this scene.
I like how his gizmo is so formal.
It can’t be perfect can it?
This is fight-comics to the nth degree which includes the battle ending right in time for the page count to wrap things up. It’s not uncommon, but it certainly feels a bit run of the mill in how it plays out. That includes a somewhat awkward cut away to Bumblebee’s husband, which furthers his plot, but doesn’t quite fit.
Is It Good?
This is good fight comics and it utilizes a villain who can change powers on the fly very well. Marion should be commended for the art as it comes together beautifully.