Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Titans #8

Writer: Dan Abnett
Pencils: Brett Booth
Inks: Norm Rapmund
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Corey Breen




To Bee or not to Bee:


This issue is very much centered around Karen Duncan's decision to either keep her Meta-powers or give them up. While the Titans are training in Titan Tower, Karen Duncan is at her appointment at Meta Solutions wanting to learn how to use her powers. Mel Duncan, once known as Herald, sees Mammoth casually standing at the reception desk of Meta Solutions and realizes he made a terrible mistake coming here. He has a flashback of when he last fought the Mammoth and runs from the building panicked. Lilith feels Mel's psychic break and mental cries for help during his meltdown and the Titans run to his rescue. When Mel explains what he knows, the Titans rush to Meta Solutions to save Karen only to find her all powered up.

The Confessional: 


I don't know what to think about this issue, I mean I really want to like it for what it is, and what it sets up, however, we just got these characters and I would have loved more character development before adding more to the mix. I know that Herald was a member of the Titans during Titan Hunt, I also know they've been slowly setting this up during the first arc of this comic, but I personally feel this story could have waited at least one more arc. Now, I do wonder if this is the threat Kadabra knew about in Manhattan? Because with where we are in Rebirth I doubt it was Mr. Manhattan when others believed it could be. The art in this book has always been my favorite, and this issue is no different, may I say the best art team on any Rebirth title? Best panel in this issue is the one of Mel's eyes when he realizes who he is seeing in Meta Solution, recognition and panic. In the previous panel he had a smug look on his face because Karen had decided to listen to his idea about coming here. Follow that up with him looking like he is having a traumatizing PTSD moment when the Titans came to his rescue. This art alone is salvation worth; I just wish this story would have been as well.

Holy: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Carl Hamlin | NCR



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