Titans #12 Review

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Posted June 19, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Dan Abnett

Art by: Kenneth Rocafort

Published by: DC Comics

First issues back from a crossover can have rocky starts. This is not a case with Titans 12, with Dan Abnett slowing the pace down to bring us more intimate story of Omen (aka Lillith) to the front. This issue serves as both epilogue for Lazarus contract but also the story previous to it as well, when the Titans went up against the Fearsome Five.

Abnett manages to bring the distinction between each of the members of the team here, mostly concentrating on Lillith and Wally as they begin to understand how they fit in with this team. What is successful, however, are those feelings are portrayed in such a way that angst immediately comes to the front which is always refreshing when you deal with superheroes. Angst usually serves as an easy plot device a lot of writers use to make the stories more “edgy,” when in the retrospect they just end up being more annoying. It is very refreshing to see that Abnett escapes the tropes of this type of storytelling.

On the other hand, there is not a lot of action in this issue, so for those that were looking for a battle of any sort, this particular book will not scratch that itch. For those who want to get more in the head of these characters, you are absolutely in the right place, and it is welcome affair after the whirlwind of events that preceded this issue.

Kenneth Rocafort returns to provide art, and as I have mentioned many times before, art was the one thing that really kept bringing me back to the Titans and Teen Titans in New 52 era. Here, even though Rocafort does not have any huge set pieces or action scenes to play with, does manage to bring the emotions of the characters to the forefront with his extraordinary facial work and character composition.

He is one of the rare artists that “an image is worth a 1000 words” really works for. Every panel he does is so full of life and detail that most of his books you really need to read two or three times to catch every little nuance.

Titans continues to be another bright spot in the Rebirth era books, and even if it is not in the pinnacle, it does deserve a spot in your pull list. If you never read Titans, this run was one of the few that you will not have a problem jumping in, as it doesn’t beat you across the head with the information from the previous books and any information given seems like a normal progression.

Titans #13



Titans #13

8.3

Final Score

8.3/10

Pros

  • Self reflecting in the issue for Lillith and Wally…
  • Fantastic art by Rocafort!
  • Could have a great impact for the team

Cons

  • … sometimes too much
  • no real action sequence for those looking for it



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Aron Pohara