The Titans of old in a new age
Dan Abnett (W), Brett Booth (P), Norm Rapmund (I), Andrew Dalhouse (C)
Cover by: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse
Publisher: DC Comics
Let’s talk more Titans shall we? I’m don’t actually have a preamble to this one. I know, I know, I usually do. What can I say other than I’m glad Wally is back and Dick Grayson is Nightwing again? And I’ve already said both of those things multiple times. Anyway, here we go.
The opening gives us a refresher on Wally West’s recent history. It shows his career as Kid Flash and the Flash, and it shows him being pulled from time by a mysterious hand. Then it shows him being pulled back into the world by Barry Allen. Wally then changes the yellow-and-red of the Kid Flash suit to retake his mantle as the Flash. His new suit, which looks really awesome by the way, is a red and silver number that still shows his red hair.
From there, we are brought back to the present, where Lilith aka Omen is trying to reach into Wally’s subconscious for more answers. She can only find memories of Linda Park, and Wally tells them about how Linda didn’t remember him when he appeared to her before being saved by Barry.
We then get a look at Linda Park’s current life. She runs a website called Super News, which centers around news about metahumans. She’s baffled by Wally’s sudden appearance to her and that he knew her name. She is trying to figure out who he is and what is going on.
Back with the Titans, Garth suggests that they track down Mammoth, as he was enthralled like they were in their recent adventures from Titans Hunt. Arsenal leaves to track him down and is aided by Donna Troy. They discover that he is employed by Psimon.
Upon their return to the rest of the Titans, they find Lilith still trying to delve into Wally’s mind. Arsenal and Donna tell the rest of the Titans about this “Simon” as they call him, implying they don’t know who Psimon is. Before they can leave to find Psimon, Lilith informs them that she fears she woke something up, and they need to leave for Keystone City.
That something is a poor birthday magician named Mr. Hocus Pocus. Then Hocus Pocus suddenly transforms and starts exhibiting real magic powers. He now calls himself Abra Kadabra and claims that he made Wally West disappear, and now he is going to destroy him.
I wanted to review this book mainly because I wanted to share the adventure of where this story is going with you guys (feel special). Where is it going? I’m not sure, but I’m looking forward to the journey.
Wally’s journey is an engaging one. He disappeared out of the lives of everyone he cared about, and now he’s trying to reconnect. The rest of the Titans are just as likeable. They all have really good chemistry, and their personalities play off each other really well.
It kind of reminds me of older team books. There is a lot of down time and moments for the characters to interact while not punching people in the face. The action actually takes a back seat in this issue. It’s primarily about the Titans getting to know each other again and investigating the cause of the missing ten years.
The action, though brief in this issue, is quick and fun. Brett Booth’s artwork continues to be perfectly fitting for a Titans book. The colors are still bright and popping.
I also really dig Donna Troy’s reimagined costume. It’s a cool improvement on the old black tights with stars.
I’m really interested to see where this story is going. I wasn’t necessarily expecting Abra Kadabra, and I struggle to believe that he is the big bad behind everything. I mean, we were told directly that it’s Dr. Manhattan behind all of this after all. I predict he used Abra Kadabra to force Wally from the time stream somehow.
I expected the overall story to moving forward slowly, as it does in this issue. However, the speed by which it goes feels organic. You, as the reader, aren’t already given a map to Dr. Manhattan, so you don’t really know how the Titans are going to find him. You don’t feel impatient for them to figure it out, so you’re not antsy for a predicable conclusion. That’s smart, because it has you following the same leads that the team is. It’s a simple narrative strategy, but it’s a clever one. I don’t find many comics using this, as they all too often tilt their hand at the first opportunity.
I look forward to the reappearance of Psimon. Since he was a major player in Crisis on Infinite Earths, it did have me wondering about something. With the story referencing that Wally was once the Flash, I wonder if we’re ever going to revisit the death of Barry Allen, since that was the catalyst for Wally becoming the Flash. I hope not, since Barry is my favorite super hero. I would be curious about how they would explain that in the lens of the New 52/Rebirth though.
This is a solid comic with a great cast and a lot of promise for the future. Hop on this bandwagon early, because it’s going to be a fun ride.
Final Score: 8/10