Titans, Volume 1: The Return of Wally West by Dan Abnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This volume collects TITANS #1-6 and TITANS: REBIRTH #1; and picks up from DC Comics Rebirth and directly follows the Titan’s Hunt miniseries.
Wally West [A Flash, not The Flash], has reunited the Titans; and now that the bands back together they want to know who or what it was that stole their time and memories.
With little to go on Arsenal and Donna, put boots to the ground in Gotham tying to shake some info loose from petty drug dealers; while Lilith probes Wally’s mind with the hopes of uncovering some hint of what happened. She unwitting awakens… Abra Kadabra; an old Flash villain. What could he possibly have to do with what happened to Wally West?
Wally West and Linda Park [His wife in the previous timeline.] are the primary focus of this volume and most of the other Titans are just kind of background characters in this story. However the feeling of old Titans books are back and will feel quite familiar to long time readers of these characters.
I really don’t suggest this book as a jumping on point if you have no prior Titan’s knowledge. Even though this is the first volume of the main series you really need to read Titans Hunt prior to reading this one.
As for the art, here’s a page from issue #1. [I actually heard someone saying that this art was ugly and made the book “unreadable“. By what asinine fanboy standards I’m not sure. ] But it doesn’t matter what he thinks because I love it; and I’m really happy to see the Titans back together and working like a family team that actually cares about each other.
And here’s a sample page from issue #3 featuring the villian Kadabra.
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Wednesday is the best day of the week! It looks like I won’t be getting anything but DC books for the foreseeable future… I can’t commit to putting anything else on pulls at the moment. This week I got:
- Nightwing Rebirth #1 – 100% Loved it.
- The Flash #2 – Ok, that was a strange turn of events but I’m into it.
- Wonder Woman #2 – Enjoying this even though it’s yet another origin retelling.
- Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1 – Ummm… I feel a bit lost with this one. I just haven’t read many Green Lantern books the last 5 years or so… Looks promising but I may need to invest in back issues.
- New Super-Man #1 – 😦 Had no real expectations for this but ended up not liking it much.
- Detective Comics #936 – So/So stuff. Moderately interesting but I don’t like Batwoman.
- Action Comics #959 – Wow! Now that was action packed. Some really nice page layouts too.
- Wacky Raceland #2 – Ugg. Dick’s story was… upsetting. Do not like.
Now getting down to actually ranking them in the order that I enjoyed them this week; it was easy to pick the top and the bottom book but a lot harder to decide on the others.
Natalie’s Comic Rankings for 7/13/2016
- Nightwing Rebirth #1
- Action Comics #959
- Wonder Woman #2
- The Flash #2
- Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1
- Detective Comics #936
- New Super-Man #1
- Wacky Raceland #2
Just five issues this week for me… and they are all DC books. And how do I rank them you ask?
Natalie’s Comic Rankings for 6/22/2016
- Flash #1
- Detective Comics #935
- Action Comics #958
- Wonder Woman #1
- Aquaman #1
Flash was my favorite of the week because it felt like it flowed the best. Detective Comics is slowly gaining my interest, but I’m not sure how I feel about the mud room. Action Comics is still holding my interest with the mysteries there. I felt a little lost with the Wonder Woman issue, probably because I’m just not that familiar with her supporting cast. Aquaman felt slow to me and a bit frustrating like you just want them to hurry up and get to something interesting; this title might lose me if they don’t pick up the pace.
On a personal collecting note, I finally spent a day this week trying to gather up all of the comics that are presently in my home and organise them a little in anticipation of starting the cataloging process. — The problem is way worse than I thought… I bought 5 short boxes, 300 bags, and 300 boards to start with. I used them all and still have loose books lying around. I haven’t even gotten over to my parents house to go through those books yet, or the ones in my storage unit. I’m going to go broke just bagging/boarding/boxing them all.
So, I haven’t actually been keeping up with Supergirl, as I was not impressed with the first episode; [I do have it on my DVR — Thought I would watch it when my other show are on summer hiatus.] but this evening DC Comics announced that the show was renewed for a second season but that it would be on the CW not CBS, where it currently airs.
So now I’m very curious! I understood that currently she exists in a different universe from the other characters, could this move mean that she will be brought into the universe where the other heroes reside? Could this mean that a Justice Society or League might be formed? Now I’m actually looking forward to watching the rest of the show.
I saw some grumbling on facebook about how the CW should just rename itself the Superhero chanel, but I was like — Yes, Please! All superheroes, all the time. Now the CW just needs to get Gotham, Lucifer, and come back with another season of Constantine and we’d be set. Full Nerd Ahead. I love superheroes!