Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Titans #29 Review and *SPOILERS*

Coconut Phone Anyone?


Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Minkyu Jung, John Dell, Adriano Lucas
Letters By: Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Titans has been in this weird limbo when it comes to the DC Universe. The title was sucked into a bunch of storylines that were going on in other books and hasn’t been able to develop it’s own ongoing storylines. Due to this, my enjoyment of this book has declined dramatically. Ever since the No Justice crossover happened this book has been grasping for air and frankly, it’s becoming harder and harder to hold on. Our characters are stuck, our story jumps around sporadically based on whatever is happening in the DC Universe at that time. Let’s just hope that this issue takes a turn for us and that we can get back to a point where we really look forward to this book. Let’s jump into it.


We return to this series where we left in the last issue. Our team was hurtling through space in the Boom Room (which still definitely sounds like a sex room) and Steel was doing her best to control the fall. Unfortunately during the fall many of our Titans get injured, the most notable being Ms. Martian. The Boom Room crashes but skids to a stop. While there is clearly a lot of damage on the outside, our team is still intact. (for the most part). Steel sits by the fire going over everything that is going wrong. The ship is broken, there is no way to fix it. There aren’t any predators on this planet but there also isn’t any food or water that can be consumed safely. Donna tries to calm her down but it turns into a fight again.

Steel goes back to the Boom Room in order to try and find a solution. Ms. Martian on the other hand tries to fly up to the heights of the atmosphere in order to try and recognize star patterns. However, during the fall she sustained a substantial injury and despite the team’s warning she goes anyway. She falls from that great height when the injury proves too severe. The team rushes out in order to try and find her. Raven is still struggling with losing her soul self. She is surrounded by some sort of glowing lights that seem native to this planet. Donna Troy is struggling with her new leadership role. Beast Boy allows his primative side to take hold as he begins to rampage throughout the jungle.

Donna finds Ms. Martian and brings her back to the camp so she can rest. The others are worried about Beast Boy but since there isn’t any predators on the planet, Donna tells them to just wait for him to return. Donna goes to Steel who is using the files they stole in the previous issue to try and find a way to get help. The two apologize to each other for their fight earlier and Steel is able to make a distress beacon. This beacon lures something else though; Beast Boy. The team tries to stop him but he fights through them and knocks Ms. Martian into the jungle again. He then proceeds to destroy the Boom Room, destroying the beacon. Ms. Martian, now alone in the jungle has finally lost her strength to keep her false form up and shows her true form; a White Martian. This is where the issue leaves us.

Talk about a filler issue. Our group is stranded which could mean that there is plenty of room for character development or team development but instead we kind of just catch up with what everyone has been struggling with for the past 3 issues! This is so infuriating. I don’t like to really go hard on an issue because there’s a lot of hard work that was put into it and usually even the art will hold me long enough but this issue is an insult! This series has the balls to waste my time? The ship crashes and the problems that we already had continue. That is what happens in this issue. Congratulations, I’ve just saved you $3.99

Bits and Pieces

This issue is a waste of money. The issues that we were already dealing continue rather than any real development taking place. The art is good but even that wasn’t enough to keep this issue interesting. The cliffhanger is decent but honestly, you should skip this issue.

3.0/10

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ever since the original Titans were broken apart by no justice the book has become a rotting corpse. Honest review on which one thing can be said every hope lost for DC as a company who ruined a great comic.

Unknown said...

I kinda disagree with the issue being a waste. I was expecting the team would be stuck and they would use the time to sit around the campfire and generally bonding, like the Tales of the New Teen Titans did.
And I feel like the issue did sort of do just that by forcing the team to sit down and start dealing some of the issues the various members have had since the special but never having any time to address because some new emergency popped up.
The last issue was complete filler since all it did was serve as a launchpad for the current predicament with no impact at all on Drowned Earth on any level. This however, I think could be the start of this group actually starting to be an actual team.

Jim Werner said...

that's what each of the last 3 issues have been! You had Nightwing and Ms Martian makeup and then the team was moving forward (then dick got shot). then Garth showed up to get them to "do it for Nightwing" and they became a team and now this

Jaye Raine said...

I don't think it is necessarily fair to hold this series responsible for getting off-track after Nightwing was shot. I assume the writer didn't have any say in that. I can see why you would want to get the team back together as quickly as possible, but I did feel like they were starting to mend their damaged relationships in this issue (particularly Donna and Natasha).

Jaye Raine said...

If they do manage to come together and have a strong alliance it may actually read well in trade. You would have to ignore any concept of a bigger narrative, but it could still turn out to be a nice story of B or C tier heroes learning to overcome hardships. On the other hand, if they just continue bickering and never resolve it, then even in trade it won't necessarily work. I like the characters, so i still hope it works out well.