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Titans #17


By Hervé St-Louis
Jun 3, 2018 - 15:43

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The future self of Donna Troy is reveled as the mystery villain responsible for the team’s troubles and the one who will betray them. Can the Titans revive Wally West and stop the Donna Troy of the future?

The Titans by Dan Abnett have been fun for one reason. It’s a good-old fashion super hero team book with mystery, betrayal, soap opera, and gossip with a pacing that feels like something from an earlier generation. It’s been a winning formula for me, but many readers may not have enjoyed it as much. It jumped from one storyline to another so fast without ever resolving the original one about the mystery surrounding Wally West. à

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That may be the reason why the series appears to not have faired as well as it should have. It lost the thrust of the continuity-building and fixing that it was mandated. Instead, it revived many characters that had been sidetracked after the New 52 reboot and gave them a reason to exist. The old sidekicks proved to be redundant and still difficult to place in the current DC universe. Characters like Nightwing, and Tempest have a clear place but I’m still unsure about Wally West and Donna Troy.

Wally West’s story is now a primary concern in the Flash’s series and one would think that the exploration of the what is wrong with the DC Comics universe and its missing years will be covered there. Meanwhile, Donna Troy continues to feature in stories asking, “who is Donna Troy?” This story with her future self seems like it is borrowing from her villain-self, Dark Angel. It’ a way to explain this long-standing tradition of no one knowing what to do with Donna Troy which makes for a fun super hero slugfest but not much more.

I miss Brett Booth’s 1990s Image style here. It’s the only thing distracting from this nostalgia-induced comic! Minkyu Jung is great and a better artist but not the right fit! Still, as a great storyteller, Jung provides a solid issue.

Rating: 7 /10

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