Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Titans United #2 Review

A New Challenger Appears

Written By: Cavan Scott
Art By: Jose Luis, Jonas Trindade, Rex Lokus, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 12, 2021

Let's jump back into the world of Cavan Scott's Titans United, where the Titans we've seen on the HBO series are the ones that are featured here but we really don't have a background on the continuity to know how it all really works out or why these heroes stay together........ or more specifically, why the hell do they let Red Hood on the team, but it's an interesting mix of heroes who have to deal with the idea that people for some reason have their powers and it's burning them out and as we saw at the end of the last issue, it looked like Kite-Man was displaying these powers and he was using them against Hawk and Dove. Let's dive into this issue and see if the Titans can get to the bottom of what's going on..... and if Jason Todd can stop being a dick. Let's check it out.

For this issue we have our Titans going after a powered up Kite-Man and we learn a connection between this villain and the man who died of burning out from the Titans powers in the previous issue, but this connection feels weird because we have to involve illegal experimentation at a jail outside of Gotham, but we also don't do anything to help Kite-Man from burning out like the previous victim beyond knocking him out and then quickly forgetting about him. It's a weird story that I do find intriguing but the biggest problem I have with the story is that the portrayal of this team makes our heroes just come off as unlikeable.  

Normally we don't have Connor Kent on a team that features heavily the New Teen Titans from the '80s or one that has Red Hood on it for that matter, but because of the inclusion of these characters, it seems that we just have endless drama and people who don't really fit the "Family" aspect of what the Titans mean to each other because they're just constantly being assholes and going off to do their own thing even though it doesn't make sense since Connor is still suffering a mysterious power loss, which just leads to a strange cliffhanger that I hope goes someplace interesting because while I was initially all about what was going on with this mini-series, the way that our characters interact or just simply act kind of takes me out of this book a bit.  

All in all, the art in this issue is great and I love the way that everyone looks, but like I said for a lot of the review, the way that our characters act feels weird but especially the two new-comers to this version of the team, Red Hood and Superboy feel weird and I have no idea why either would stay with the Titans or why the Titans would allow them to continue jeopardizing the safety of the team and even themselves. Also, while I'm still interested in the main plot, the initial reveal here about what's going on didn't really fill me with the most confidence that our endgame reveals about why, how, and who is all behind this mystery is going to be something that blows me away..... That being said though, I've been wrong before and I hope that I am here.

Bits and Pieces:

The art in this mini-series continues to be great, but the characterizations of some of our characters just kind of comes off grating at times and leaves me wondering why anyone would want anyone like this Red Hood or Superboy on the team since they don't come off as team players at all, not to mention that the problem-solving in saving Kite-Man this issue did just kind of get tossed away and felt like something that wasn't all that important at all. Hopefully, the next issue does something special because right now I'm kind of losing the interest I had from the first issue.


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