Title: Titans Special #1
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Paul Pelletier
Cover: Brandon Peterson
Publication Date: June 13, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “It’s the dawn of a new age of TITANS! The events of METAL and NO JUSTICE have left the team in tatters, but a strange new threat has emerged to lead Nightwing to reassemble the Titans with a mix of old blood and new. A rash of metahuman power fluctuations are threatening people around the globe, and only the friends who grew up as superheroes can help those whose powers have grown out of control! It all starts here in this special issue kicking off a bold new direction!”
A hero’s day is never over, as Nightwing is reminded in this first issue of Titans. Faced with a new challenge/threat Nightwing steps up once again to assemble a new group of Titans to tackle Earth’s latest threat: metahumans with newly forming powers. As these powers are awoken, the metahumans become dangerous to themselves and other. Nightwing wants to guide these individuals, but first he’ll need the help of some super friends.
This issue is a bit catchy, with Nightwing’s can-do-attitude and the idea of getting-the-band-back-together, but these elements really enhance the overall story instead of detract. Dan Abnett seems to focus on redemption and consequences in this issue, and we see a more mature Nightwing, someone who is truly ready to lead. On top of that the Titans has some pretty awesome superheroes, and they really get showcased here, like Raven, Gar, and Natasha Irons. Of course, Nightwing must face the consequences from recent events, and is appointed a babysitter…er, liaison…, to keep up communications between the Titans and The Justice League. But it serves as a way to connect the Titans to the Justice League, a means to merge the two into a cohesive group. Though Abnett focusses the issue around creating the new Titans team, he is able to create a well rounded story, where each of the characters is dealing with the fallout of the Titans last mission.
Paul Pelletier works to create the world of the Titans with vibrant colors and rich detail. Equally important, Pelletier is able to infuse emotion into his panels, drawing the reading further into the story. And, if that isn’t enough, the action scenes immensely impressive, as is the artwork on a whole.
The Bottom Line:
The story line is great, the characters terrific, and Abnett and Pelletier perfectly compliment each other’s work. Also, Natasha Irons is one of the coolest characters!