Old and new collide as a new multi-series arc begins. Slade Wilson returns to ask Wally West to do something he wouldn’t possibly do, or would he?
Writer: Dan Abnett
Penciller: Brett Booth
Colourists: Andrew Dalhouse & Carrie Strachan
While the series was beginning to run a little dry with ideas, a cross-series event (of all things) has managed to breathe new life into the Titans. For what feels like the thousandth time, the team bicker amongst each other while they deal with faceless enemies until one of the team is captured. This time it’s Wally.
This provides for more ‘where’s Wally’ lines. And subsequently some mild agitated fighting amongst the team. With that being said this is a fairly emotional issue. It opens with a flashback to the death of The Ravager. The then Teen Titans attempt to save a doomed villain works well to set up the events of this arc. It also serves to remind readers that these are no longer the ‘Teen’ Titans.
The transition from the bleak, washed out flashback to present day vibrancy helps emphasise this coming of age. Personally I feel it works a lot better than captions next to every hero detailing their name and former Teen Titan name. That feels like a clash in tones.
Out of all the characters in the story it is Slade who offers the most feeling. For an assassin, Abnett shows another side of Deathstroke readers haven’t seen for some time. This works really well to get the reader to care.
The art is what you’d expect from Brett Booth. You either like it or hate it. When the Flash runs the lightning radiating off him is so strong some pages look like just zig zags.
Overall this is a fun issue, but nothing spectacular yet.
Recommendation: Wait for the trade.