Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Titans #16 Review and *SPOILERS*

A Crisis of Clay

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's going to hard for the Titans to continue to fight the good fight now that Wally West has died......... which I doubt any of us really believe, but for this issue, let's at least go with it.  Anyway, we saw previously that Gnarrk and Malcolm Duncan have been taken control of by either a powered up Psimon or an entity that they're trying to release from another dimension and because of this, Wally was killed using the speed force too hard with his weakened heart to try to save Dick Grayson.  Let's jump into this issue and see what it is that is trying to break down the doors to this reality and how it affects the Titans.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Kid Flash feeling the death of the Wally West of the Titans and rushing off to figure out what exactly went down and even though he finally gets to Wally's body, this takes most of the issue and we don't really see Kid Flash doing anything of importance in this issue except for arrive at the place where our Titans are fighting for their lives....... So we'll hold off on this part until next issue.  As for our Titans....... Well, they're fighting for their lives against a powered up Psimon, the possessed Gnarrk and Herald and the summoned Mister Twister and The Key, who we saw trying to bring whatever this entity from another dimension is into this one previously in this series and in the Titans Hunt series.  So yeah, our team are in big trouble and with them wrestling with the emotions of Wally's death, they're not exactly at their peak here. 

Really though, this issue is a lot of fighting, while understanding that these characters aren't up to their usual prowess, while Psimon says over and over again about opening the door to so that "She" can come into this world.

In the end, we eventually learn that the door can only be opened with emotional pain from the Titans and since Wally's death didn't seem to make it budge, they're looking to kill someone else, but settle on giving Bumblebee her memories back.......... All kinds of willy nilly and out of nowhere since our Titans have been going place to place looking for her memories and all of a sudden they can just be given back to her, but the pain that Karen is caused by remembering all that she had causes the dimensional door to open and as we end this issue we see that while I thought The Antithesis would be on the other side, apparently it's a version of Donna Troy that goes by Troia.

That's it for this issue of Titans and while I still look forward to this title every month, I just wish that we'd have a little more substance to each issue.  Yeah, we have the big bad enter our world by the end, (who I still think is The Antithesis casting an illusion) but the majority of the issue was just a fight scene, where the characters just repeated themselves over and over again about what was going down and even though we had an interesting development here with Kid Flash being added to this story, he really had nothing going on here.  The art is as awesome as it always is, you know, since we have one of the best art teams here in all of DC Comics, but like I said, the substance was lacking throughout the issue........ but I still find myself drawn to this book.  It's definitely a mixed bag, but if you've been a fan of this series so far, I'm sure you'll find things to enjoy out of it.

Bits and Pieces:

Titans this issue gives us a fight scene without a lot of substance, even though we had amazing art all the way through and an interesting cliffhanger, this series continues to be a mixed bag of interesting ideas that's spread a little too thin issue to issue.  I still look forward to this arc and the stories that will come from it, but this issue was just a little underwhelming for what we got through the majority of the book.


1 comment:

  1. The art was excellent in this, some amazing two pagers for real. However the story to put the action of various characters through cycle that went through itself over an over as until it got to the cliffhanger