Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Titans #34 Review and *SPOILERS*

Monologue City

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Bruno Redondo, Marcelo Maiolo
Letters By: Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 13, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Titans is in a weird place, both in the state of the comic and the actual storyline inside of it. Previously, all the momentum from this book was taken out of it only for it to be regained in the previous issue. The story is also very good so far. It wasn’t perfect but the previous issue was very entertaining and we got a great cliffhanger to start us off on in this issue. I’m hoping we see more of this type of issue as we go further with this book because God knows, that this book has been needing some life pumped into it. But nevertheless, let’s jump into this book and see where it takes us.

We begin our issue with Mother Blood who seems to be interrogating members of the Titans. It is later revealed that it is Steel and Kyle Rayner. By using the information stored within their minds, she will be able to get The Bleed into the entire multiverse and control everything. To hammer away the point that she is clearly evil (as if her plan wasn’t enough) she then kills a small gnome for no reason. They try to reason with the Raven that is with Mother Blood but she knows nothing of what they are saying. Mother Blood then reveals that Raven’s soul self was split into two parts. The first is the “good” part and she lays in chains. While the “bad” part is Commander Lenore. Kyle and Natasha try to fight back but it is no use as they slowly create the map that Mother Blood needs.

Back on the battlefield, the rest of the Titans are fending off their attackers to the best of their ability but things are not going well. Donna Troy’s inner monologue reveals that she underestimated this world and that has been their downfall. Ms. Martian is then taken out from the sky and Donna tries to get in contact with their own world but their communications have been cut off. Back in the castle, Mother Blood monologues some more but it is revealed that Ernest, the creator of this world, is listening in and he doesn’t like what he hears. Lord Travesty finds him and the two talk. Ernest apologizes to him for making him so one-dimensional and that is why these bad things are happening. He is going to fix them.

As the Titans get a small upper hand, they use it to flee from their enemies but they stay right on their tail. Ms. Martian then uses her powers to their fullest extend and is able to defeat their pursuers but she is clearly drained from the process. Just when it seem that the team will be okay, they are attacked once again by Commander Lenore. Raven is shocked to see her (even though she saw her in the previous issue). Back with Kyle and Natasha, the two attempt to look through the Bleed to find a way out. Inside they find vital information for the Justice League but no way out. However, Ernest is here to help them. He dispatches a couple guards before Mother Blood interrupts them. He faces her with no fear but is betrayed. A knife sticks through his chest as Lord Travesty betrays him. All the while, the battle with Lenore rages on and the red has now infected Beast Boy. This is where the issue leaves us.

Oh my god! TOO MUCH MONOLOGUING! It’s the majority of this book. It’s just Mother Blood talking about her plan. Remember how excited I was after the previous issue? Remember how much I was looking forward to this issue? Well, that’ll teach me to be excited for this series. Man, you build up so much of this book just to let it down every single time. I’m sick of it. The rug has been pulled from under me too many times. I’m honestly not even excited about the next issue now. There were some good parts, the part with Ernest was cool and the art is really good (for the most part). I really had hopes for this book. I really did. It’s just so frustrating to read a book every month, begging for it to be good and just when it looks like it’s going to make a turn for the better, it ruins it.

Bits and Pieces

This book is a long monologue that is occasionally interrupted by some pretty decent fight scenes. I will say that the art in this book is really great. However, the plan of the villain is so complicated and convoluted that most of this book is just about her trying to explain it to everyone. It’s honestly gotten to the point where I’m wondering why I even give this book my time.



  1. What have they done to Beast Boy? This is just another Hulk-lite rage monster instead of the lovable shape-shifter we all want.

  2. Isn't it over? Titans need cancellation. The title reeks of defamation after the roster change. Donna needs her old friends, Kyle shown respect, Beast Boy and Raven need a fresh start in Doom Patrol and Justice League Dark.