Jason Takes… wait, Red Hood’s not in this book.
Dan Abnett (W), Lee Weeks (A), John Kalisz (C)
Cover by Lee Weeks and Brad Anderson
Publisher: DC Comics
I haven’t really covered Titans other than my review of their Rebirth issue and my endorsement of them on my Best 5 Comics of 2016 list. This is a great book, and I highly recommend the story thus far. As such, I felt I should cover an issue again this week, and it’s a good thing too. Why? Well, we’ll cover that momentarily.
So, a refresher on Dan Abnett’s Titans. Of all of the Rebirth titles, this one most takes place in the shadow of DC Universe: Rebirth, though it does also follow up on Dan Abnett’s Titans: Hunt as well. Wally West, this being red-headed Wally West who was formerly the Flash, has reappeared, brought back by his mentor and close friend, the other Flash, Barry Allen. He has reunited with his former team, the Titans. He informed them that they lost ten years of their lives somehow, and this is the reason for a lot of the differences in the New 52 DC Universe (i.e. younger heroes, darker characters, and less camaraderie between said heroes). The Titans reformed after this, the lineup consisting of Wally himself, Nightwing, Donna Troy, Arsenal, Tempest, Omen, and maybe Bumblebee.
Soon after reforming the team, they accidentally awoke the Magician, who, as it turns out, is the one who cast Wally West out of our dimension and into the Speed Force in the first place. After a tough struggle, the team was able to defeat the villain. Omen, in search of who removed the notorious ten years of their lives, entered the mine of the Magician and got one word: “Manhattan.”
In this issue, we figure out that the Titans took this to mean that they should go to Manhattan and make that their new headquarters to investigate why this word was on the Magician’s mind. The story opens up with Wally, Arsenal, and Donna taking on a powerful, mega-sized, metahuman. The fight is fairly brief, with Arsenal delivering the knockout blow. Wally chastises Roy on his recklessness and the fact that they destroyed a couple of cars when the metahuman fell.
Then, Superman appears. He tells them that he was checking up on the threat they just neutralized, and he clearly recognizes Wally West. He then leaves, but Wally wants to know how he recognizes him. He runs after Superman, and Superman takes it to mean that Wally wants to race again.
Meanwhile, Nightwing, Omen, and Tempest are trying to accomplish the necessary paperwork to obtain a base in Manhattan. This is actually their storyline in this issue, and it’s a lot more entertaining than it sounds. After some conversation with Ms. Cendali, their real estate agent (I guess, I’m not fluent on this subject), they reveal their invisible jet, then make it properly visible for her.
Wally finally catches up with Superman in Iowa, and he asks how Clark recognizes him. Superman explains how he’s not really from this world either. The two catch up a bit, and Superman encourages the Flash to keep trying to get Linda Park back. He also divulges that he has a son because he trusts Wally that much. They then decide to race back to Manhattan.
We next see Donna and Arsenal on a date in a small diner. There’s not too much to say about this scene, but it is pretty damn cute. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
We get a brief scene at a company called Meta Solutions. Bumblebee and her partner, Mal Duncan, go into the headquarters. We see that the owner of Meta Solutions is none other than the notorious Teen Titans rogue, Psimon.
Superman and the Flash return to Manhattan and rejoin the other Titans. Here, we finally get to see what their new HQ looks like, and it is the classic Titans Tower. The comic ends with Superman endorsing the new Titans.
I’m glad I reviewed this issue, because I loved it, and I think it may be the best one of the series so far. After the admittedly overlong Magician story arc, this issue takes a moment to catch its breath and establish how this new Titans team is going to function. It sets a nice tone for the book going forward.
Each of the plots in this story work perfectly. Superman and the Flash’s reunion is heart-warming and uplifting. The paperwork plot is really funny. The date between Roy and Donna is pretty funny too as well as being really cute. Plus, the foreshadowing with Psimon and Bumblebee shows some cool stories yet to come.
The reunion with Wally and Clark gives us some idea of how the Rebirth idea works. Wally’s return implied that this is essentially the same Earth as pre-Flashpoint Earth; it’s just missing ten years. However, this Superman comes from a different Earth altogether. The fact that Wally doesn’t recognize this Clark specifically shows that this isn’t the same Earth at all, or maybe this Clark actually comes from yet another Earth. It’s still a bit of a confusing mess, but this part of the comic at least narrows down the possibilities.
Lee Weeks’ art is great. I love the detail and shapes, and Kalisz’s coloring pairs with it nicely. I did like Brett Booth on the comic a lot, but, if he is being replaced with Weeks, I won’t complain.
This comic is a lot of fun to read and is overflowing with personality. It’s upbeat, funny, and the characters are completely lovable. I highly recommend it. It’s easily one of my favorite DC titles being published right now.
Final Score: 10/10