Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Titans #2 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Nicola Scott
Colors by: Annette Kwok
Letters by: Wes Abbott
Cover art by: Nicola Scott, Wes Abbott
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 202, 2023

Titans #2 digs deep into Wally West's "murder" when another ecological disaster arises in Brazil. Meanwhile, a new Brother Blood steps onto the public stage, claiming the Church of Blood is going legit.
Is It Good?

Titans #2 is, in a word, dull. You get the distinct impression both Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott are bored with the title, and it shows on the page, so I'm going to do my best to make this review interesting to read, even if the comic isn't.

When last we left the Titans, they walked in on Wally West's corpse lying in the middle of the new Titans Tower. How could this happen?!? How could the fastest man alive be felled by a single bullet??? Through Nightwing's detective skills, he figures the shot took place in the midst of a forest fire where somebody could sneak up close. When Nightwing leaves to give Linda the bad news, he bumps into Wally, confirming the dead Wally is Wally from the near future, so Wally and the Titans have a chance to solve Wally's murder before it happens.

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Suddenly, the Titans get a call to stop an intentionally-set forest fire in Brazil. Nightwing decides to stay behind with Wally, presuming Wally can't get murdered if he isn't in the spot where his future murder takes place, and he names Donna as the interim leader to stop the fire.

Elsewhere, the new Brother Blood has renamed his church to the Church of Eternity and re-titled himself Brother Eternity. What does this revelation have to do with anything? It doesn't, or at least not in any obvious way, and not in this issue.

Yes, I know. Thrilling stuff. In total, this is a very dialog-heavy issue. Except for the Titans' actions, while putting out the forest fire, it's all dialog, and none of it is particularly surprising or revelatory.

Did anyone truly believe Wally was dead? No. Is a forest fire a major challenge for the Titans sans Flash and Nightwing? No, not even a little. If Wally skipped the fire event and prevented his own death, what happened to the body and the timeline? It's not addressed or even questioned. The Titans just go on with their day. What do the Titans do with the rest of their time? Unpack boxes, watch TV, and chit-chat.

Again, this is a dialog-heavy issue, so the lion's share of engagement falls to Nicola Scott. Unfortunately, Scott's style doesn't lend itself to drama and high-impact visuals. Characters mostly stand around in casual poses, the fire event is creatively conceived but mundanely executed with a complete lack of action lines or dynamic panel angles, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a dramatic shadow or highly emotional facial expression except for one or two panels. The net result is a collection of clean, pretty imagery that lacks energy or impact.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Titans #2 is a boring sophomore issue that dispels the mystery from issue #1 almost immediately and spends most of the issue, except for one action scene, with characters standing around and talking. The art looks pretty, and the story technically moves forward, but the net result is utterly forgettable.


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