Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Titans United #4 Review

Titans United #4 Review

Invaders From Tamaran

Written By: Cavan Scott
Art By: Jose Luis, Jonas Trindade, Rex Lokus, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 14, 2021

Let's get back to what I'm calling a seven-issue Hypertime story since we're essentially just dealing with an out-of-continuity story that features the Titans we see on the HBO Max show. In our previous issue, we saw our Titans going after Lady Vic for her connection to what Cadmus has been up to with collecting DNA from superheroes so that they can copy their powers, while Starfire's evil sister Blackfire was orbiting the Earth in her spaceship, torturing Superboy so that she could determine the extent of his powers...... even though it seemed like Superboy's powers were fading previously. Let's jump into this issue and see if we can make this strange mystery clearer or if things will continue to be shrouded. Let's check it out.

For this issue of Titans United, we see our heroes trying to get to the bottom of what's been going on with Cadmus and why there was a signal from space that turned people into sleeper agents who were given the powers of heroes...... Sadly though, this issue, like the previous one is really just a big fight scene between Starfire and Lady Vic and then with our heroes against regular people who were given the powers of their allies but unlike what we saw previously in this series, it doesn't really look like anyone has the problem of spontaneously combusting due to this power so that aspect to our story feels like it's been left behind or maybe we just had an unfortunate accident with our first encounter that led to his death instead of human bodies just not being able to contain the power that they were given.

Titans United #4 Review

While the plot still seems just out of reach here, we do have an interesting development with aliens who possibly could be the culprits, not to mention a cliffhanger that while a bit confusing in what it's doing, does harken back to a threat from Superboy's past...... at least in name and while I'm a bit lost in what's currently going on I at least know I want to find out and see how all of this will work out in the next issue.

Titans United #4 Review

All in all, we continue to have big-ass fight scenes in this issue of Titans United while the answers to our questions are being slowly divvied out. Yeah, we have three issues left to this series but this story doesn't feel all that well constructed in that we just keep having things happen but nothing at this point feels like it has any connection and the thing I find myself really looking for in this series is how characters act and the cool name drops that we get because the story while initially feeling compelling just never felt like it actually got started. It's weird and maybe I'm off base here but this story just doesn't feel like it's all that important and as of right now just doesn't feel like it has a clear destination. Thankfully, the art is great throughout and I love the characters being used..... I just need more than that, especially at this point in the story.

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Bits and Pieces:

While the art continues to look great and we have an interesting cliffhanger for anyone who's an old-school Superboy fan, the plot of the story just never really feels like it goes anywhere and we just jump around to what seems like unrelated events. Hopefully, that changes as the story progresses but right now Titans United, while a mini-series that gives us great characters and a lot of action, I never feel like it has a clear direction.


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