Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Titans #7 Review and *SPOILERS*



Beginning To Feel Like Home


Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Lee Weeks, John Kalisz, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 11, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Now that Abra Kadabra's out of the way and we don't have to worry about Wally West being sucked into the Speed Force again, it's time to get this series going and after Omen told the team that the one word that she kept hearing while probing Kadabra's mind was Manhattan....... Well, that's just where our heroes are going because either that's where they belong or something is going to happen there and they might as well be ready for it.  Hopefully now that Wally's fully back we can start seeing the other members of our Titans team doing stuff because even though I enjoyed the first arc, them not having anything to do was my biggest complaint.  Let's jump into this issue and see how the Titans are handling their move to the city so nice they named it twice and if Manhattan holds anything more ominous than simply being a location.  Let's check it out.


Explain It!:

Our issue opens with Wally West, Arsenal and Donna Troy taking on a big mamma jamma, who's trying to pull a Godzilla through the city.......... Well, he's not that big, but he's a pretty giant dude and it seems that our trio is having some problems bringing him down, what with what seem like new powers to this villain.  Eventually though, Roy gets an idea and makes an AT-AT out of him with a trick arrow and when the big guy falls, Donna Troy goes up and lands the final blow, putting this big bad out of commission.  It doesn't seem like Wally wants to celebrate though because even though Roy was able to take the giant down, Wally was more concerned with taking him down without causing damage.......... since you know, this is their new city and all and he might like to make a decent first impression.  The arguing is put on hold though when our heroes are awestruck by Superman showing up and seeing if he could lend a hand.  The thing that gets Wally's attention though, is that Superman says "Nice seeing you again, Wally" and then takes off, but since nobody knows who Wally is, our Titans' Flash takes off to try and get Superman to stop so that he can understand how he knows who he is when no one else does. 


The race is on for Wally, but while that is going down, the rest of our Titans have some legal matters on their hands because while I just assumed that our heroes would patrol New York, they're actually setting up shop in a big way and now have to hire a lawyer named Dale Cendali, who is helping them with all their zoning permits, insurance and all that terrible stuff that you don't ever want your heroes to deal with, but with how out of depth our heroes seem with all this, it actually comes off really funny and even funny to the point where Dale has no idea how to really deal with all the superhero stuff going on around her.


In the end, Wally catches back up with Superman and they have themselves a talk that put all my fears to rest because with the Pre-Flashpoint Superman knowing Wally, a lot of people were saying that Wally was actually of the Pre-Flashpoint variety as well, but that's not the case.  Superman knows Wally from his own timeline and the two bond over this, even though Wally shouldn't really know this Superman, only that he knew of the New 52 variety, but with ten extra years added to the current timeline.  Yeah, it gets confusing, but it all boils down to these two feeling like strangers in this world because Clark comes from another version of reality, while Wally has to deal with an edited timeline.  The two promise to keep in touch and have some fun as they go their separate ways by having themselves an old fashioned Superman/Flash race.  As we close out this issue, all our Titans converge back at their base and we see that with the help of Garth's Atlantean technology, they were able to grow themselves a brand new Titans Tower, that looks pretty bad ass.


That's it for this issue of Titans and right off the bat I had a great time with this issue because we got to see other members of this team actually do something.  Yeah, Garth and Omen seem to be put on the back burner, while Dick deals with their new lawyer and Arsenal, Donna Troy and Wally take out a big bad, but it's still more than we've gotten from the rest of them so far and right now I'm thinking...... baby steps.  On top of our team having more to do, we also get the creation of the new Titans Tower, which is awesome and a great kinship started between Wally and Superman about how they're both strangers to this world.  It's just a lot of fun that gets us moving into the Titans' new status quo as protectors of Manhattan, with the added bonus of having this retro feel to the art as Lee Weeks fills in for this issue.  Yeah, I'll always miss when the regular art team is off this book, but what we get here is special in its own right and ultimately, I had a great time reading this book and look forward to what's next.

Bits and Pieces:

We get our Titans team established in a new location in this issue, but more importantly........ We get to see the team actually doing stuff, while also throwing in a lot of exposition and a bunch of fun along the way.  Yeah, it's looking like the start to a fun arc and not to mention the beginning of a friendship I can't wait to see more of.  All that and Lee Weeks doing excellent fill in art here that gives us a really fun retro style.

8/10
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4 comments:

  1. I have never understood how heroes like Nightwing shuttle between Bludhaven and Manhattan so quickly. Does he just ride his bike there or is he picked up in the invisible plane?

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    1. It should only be around a two hour trip driving....... so with an invisible jet, it's no time at all.

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  2. It is revealed that Donna Troy was an orphan at 5 years of age. Yet she seems to have forgotten being a male-hating psychotic femi-Nazi that wiped out an entire race of male amazons. Must be an Amazon trait. WW has memory issues too. About the only amazon that has her crap together is Artemis of the Outlaws.

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  3. Great issue.

    Any time I get to see Superman as drawn by Lee Weeks I find I have very little to complain about. It didn't hurt any that the entire issue looked terrific.

    I really hope that the Teen Titans take up residence in Titans Tower. My favorite period of X-Men comics (aside from, or maybe tired with, the Australian era) was when the X-Men and New Mutants both operated out of Xavier's. I'm hoping to see something like that with the two Titan teams both residing in the Tower.

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