Review: Titans #2

TNS_Cv2_dsAs the Titans prepare to do the unthinkable in order to defeat the intergalactic demon that stole time itself from the DC Universe, enter the Fearsome Five! But are the sinister quintet acting of their own accord…or are greater forces at work?

“Action.” That’s the word that really describes Titans #2 from beginning to end. The comic is one gigantic battle scene as Kadabra makes a move to take on the Titans and that involves creating other versions of the Titans for them to fight.

But beyond the fighting, writer Dan Abnett peppers the issue with interesting hints as to who or what stole all the time and rewrote the DC Universe. While most seem to think it’s Doc Manhattan from the Watchmen, I’m convinced it’s someone or something else. This issue focuses on some of the messed up time with Kadabra making comments about things happening out of order or to early timewise. It’s all really interesting and adds to the greater mystery as to what’s going on.

There’s one particular statement that Kadabra makes:

He must have broken history already.

That to me is a big hint or revelation that what we think is the case, might not be. We know it’s a “he,” but I’m betting based on this issue the “he” may be Wally West himself.

And that’s some of the fun of the series itself. Abnett allows us to play the guessing game through this series as to what happened to the DC Universe, something that’ll play out over the next year or more. He seems to know that’s why people may read the series, and is running with it.

And the art team makes that running fun. Brett Booth on pencils, Norm Rapmund on ink and the color handled by Andrew Dalhouse and Carrie Strachan, it all looks fantastic. The sense of motion from the characters is top notch adding to the action and excitement of it all. It just looks great and they knock it out of the park of Kadabra whose actions and reactions are fantastic. The angles taken on the characters, and especially that one, and the way some of the panels are laid out, it just looks fantastic. Add in the kinetic fun of two Wally Wests racing each other and it’s an issue that flys by in so many ways.

The series is an interesting one. I don’t know the interaction of these characters really well, so I’m not invested in that. I am invested in the time mystery. But, Abnett and the art team have made me really interested in the villain and the battle. The look of the comic has me hooked and looking forward to reading more.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Brett Booth
Ink: Norm Rapmund Color: Andrew Dalhouse, Carrie Strachan
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review