Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Titans #3 Review


Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Nicola Scott
Colors by: Annette Kwok
Letters by: Wes Abbott
Cover art by: Nicola Scott, Annette Kwok
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: September 19, 2023

Titans #3 pays a visit to the Church of Blood to find out if Brother Eternity is on the up-and-up. Unfortunately, what the Titans find isn't what it looks like.
Is Titans #3 Good?

After three issues on an official Titans run (more if you count their presence in Nightwing), it's becoming clear Tom Taylor has ideas about stories he wants to tell, but he can't seem to focus or prioritize what matters. In the previous issues, we learned about an explosion in Borneo that wiped out a large chunk of the rain forest, the death of a future version of Wally West by gunshot(???), and the public arrival of Brother Eternity as a preacher of sorts determined to turn the Church of Blood and Brother Blood's legacy around for the better.

None of these developments appear to be connected, but Wally's imminent death seemed the most urgent. Now, Taylor focuses (after an ill-advised hiatus for Knight Terrors) on checking up on Brother Eternity without any pressing reason. The Titans discover human sacrifice in play and break up the ritual, only to find Brother Eternity is just as much a potential victim as every other hostage present.

Brother Eternity appears to be legit, and Tempest is firmly a believer in Brother Eternity's mission, so the Titans leave to deal with other matters, but not before Wally finds a curious object in the Church's basement.

What's great about Titans #3? Tom Taylor has a fondness for not letting his superheroes participate in "violent" superheroics, but to his credit, there's plenty of action in this issue. Once the Titans assemble against a congregation of demon-powered acolytes, the Titans go to town. Putting aside the competing plots, Nightwing's suspicions make sense, the outcome is clever, and the cliffhanger spells trouble brewing.

What's not so great about Titans #3? Taylor can't seem to focus for the sake of building a firm foundation with the team. In fairness, these seemingly disconnected items (Wally's death, the Borneo explosion, and Brother Eternity) could be the puzzle pieces of a larger whole, but you never get a hint or crumb to suggest there's some connective tissue. Either Taylor has three plots and can't decide where to start, or he has three sub-plots that are related, but Taylor is doing a poor job of setting the foundation for the larger plot.

How's the art? It's fine. Scott has stated publicly that she prefers drama and acting over action, and that preference shows here. The action isn't bad, but the characters are generally pose-y and stiff. In short, the art is perfectly serviceable.

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 #3 picks on one of the three, and the least urgent, of the open plots started in issue #1 to find out if Brother Eternity is legit or a snake. There are enough twists to keep Brother Eternity's status in doubt, and the big fight sequence is a step up from Taylor's generally pacifist take on superheroes, but the overall title lacks focus, and the art is just okay.


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