Comic Review – Titans #19

Titans 19 Cover

Once they were the proteges of the World’s Finest heroes. Then they joined together as The Teen Titans. Even in the face of an unseen force that tried to erase them and their friendship from history, they remained Titans Together!

Recently, The Titans triumphed over a union of some of their greatest enemies. The demon called Mister Twister, the telepathic Psimon and the psycho-chemical empowered Key all joined under the banner of Troia – a future version of Donna Troy, who traveled back in time to eliminate The Titans so that her past self would not waste time in fulfilling her destiny to be a heartless defender of the universe by befriending people she was certain to outlive.

It was their greatest victory ever and it should have been a happy occasion. Unfortunately, the resulting battle got the attention of The Justice League. And they are concerned about The Titans, to put it mildly.

Wonder Woman is disturbed by the news that a future version of Donna Troy – who was originally an evil clone of her until Donna was given new memories by Amazon magic – could become a violent avenger in defiance of The Amazon Way. The Flash is disturbed that Wally West, the first Kid Flash, has developed some kind of heart-condition that limits his ability to run and that his connection to The Speed Force is becoming unstable. Batman is worried about how Nightwing could ever go into battle with an team that includes a recovering drug addict and an unstable psychic. And Superman is worried that the team may be biting off more than they can chew.

Naturally The Titans aren’t too thrilled about the implication that they’re somehow lacking in their efforts to fight crime. But what can they do if The Justice League decides The Titans need to be shut down permanently?

Titans #19 is a wonderful jumping-on issue for those readers who have yet to discover one of the best-kept secrets of the DC Comics Rebirth Initiative.  Though this issue is largely concerned with recapping the most recent events of the series, Dan Abnett’s script is hardly heavy on exposition. The argument between The Titans and The Justice League is as gripping as any superheroic action sequence, though the end of the book does offer a climactic fight right before a stunning cliffhanger.

This issue’s artwork is equally fantastic. The layouts of Paul Pelletier are crisp and clear, with the perspective ever-shifting from angle to angle, keeping the point-of-view continually fresh despite most of the issue being concerned with people talking. The finishes of Andrew Hennessy offer the perfect amount of definition, enhancing Pelletier’s pencils without drowning the page in ink.  And Adriano Lucas’s colors pop on the page.

The only real flaw to this issue is the problem that all comics based around a large ensemble suffer. Inevitably, someone has to get the short end of the stick when it comes to how much time the issue can spend on them. In this case, all the Titans who don’t have a mentor in the room arguing with them are largely stuck in the background. The one exception to this is the outspoken Arsenal, though the usually soft-spoken psychic Omen does get a sick burn off against Batman at one point.


Written by The Critic The Internet Deserves, but not the one it needs right now…. Matt Morrison. He’s a smart-ass guardian. A sarcastic protector. A Snark Knight.


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