Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Titans #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Time Lost and Love Lost

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 28, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Titans has the advantage of featuring the main player of the DC Comics Rebirth Special, Wally West and with that I think this series gets a bit of a pass...... or at least gets people more interested than they normally would be because while this series feels "big", it's a bit low key in the fact that it's only a monthly series (DC's spoiled me with their bi-weekly titles) and that we're really in the dark about a lot of things going on, with the events of Titans Hunt leading into this and the lost time that the Rebirth Special presented us with.  We just don't know a lot about what's going on, but hopefully that changes since in the previous issues we saw Abra Kadabra come back into continuity and not only did he immediately go back to his vendetta against Wally, but he also let it slip that he's the one behind Wally original disappearance.  Let's jump into this issue and see if he let's anything more slip so that we can start wrapping our heads around what exactly is going on in the DC Universe.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins exactly where we left off previously, with Garth getting blasted by Abra Kadabra and while things looked grim in that cliffhanger, it seems that Garth is fine for the most part and the beginning of our issue is all about Wally facing off with his old foe......... That is, until he vanishes and takes his Teen Titans doppelgangers with him.  Yeah, things go from exciting to pretty tame real fast, but it's during Abra Kadabra's time of reflection that we really get the meat of this book.  It seems that Kadabra created the doppelgangers as a way to test what the Titans had in them and how tight they were as a team and while only Kid Flash has anything really negative to say about his double, he also mentions how Wally has tapped into the Speed Force deeper than anyone ever has........... which we don't really get an understanding about what that mean, but it sounds pretty cool, right?  

During this time, Lilith's double reiterates what we found out last issue about how Wally is connected with Linda Park and this leads to Dan Abnett throwing Watchmen shit at us left and right.  While Kadabra did make Wally disappear from time and space........ which the shock wave also made him disappear as well, our villain knows that since Wally and Linda have a connection at this point in time that something has altered time itself........ and it seems that Kadabra knows who did this as well........... and looks at a pocket watch with a drop of blood on it as he goes through all of this.  Yeah, some serious Watchmen shit and whether this is apart of the history of the future that Kadabra comes from or not, he seems to know that his time is short and that he must move forward in destroying Wally before something happens.

In the end, after the Titans regroup at a diner, Wally realizes that he needs to see Linda Park and somehow make her understand what happened to him and the connection they once shared, but all he really does is fumble over his words and comes off looking like a fool, but hopefully he'll get a second chance at it because when we close out this issue, Kadabra shows up in a puff of smoke and makes Linda disappear with him, leaving Wally wondering if everyone he loved was better off with him gone.

That's it for this issue of Titans and while again not a lot goes on, I found myself really interested in the possibilities presented here.  It's weird, even though we got a big ass fight scene in the previous issue, not a lot of exposition happened to move the story forward and I still really enjoyed it and here there isn't a lot of action, but it was full of our heroes and villains just sitting around and talking, but somehow it still all felt important and I continue to find myself really interested in seeing where the next issue goes.  On top of that, the art in this issue is great and I'm mad as hell that we don't get to see this creative team on a bi-weekly basis because they're definitely my favorite art team because each issue they make each character shine and look great.  

Bits and Pieces:

While I can't say that this issue has a lot of action or even moves the story in a direction that will unveil all the secrets that the Rebirth Special teased us with, what it did was drop us some tiny nuggets to keep us hungry for more about the future of the DC Universe, while looking great all the way through.

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  1. I totally agree Eric. This series is one of the best of Rebirth!

  2. I'd be a lot more on board with this series if it had a different artist. Booth is fine, but every time I see his work I have bad 90s Wild Storm flashbacks


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