There is one thing I do not like about Titans 21. Only one, but it gnawed at me, so much that I need to mention it right at the top of this review.
The Brain and Monsieur Mallah get a lot of scheming scenes in this story, as the Brain puts into operation his plan to extend mental control over the city. The romance between the two is there, which is a good thing, but the ape’s French accent is nowhere to be found. Part of the crazy fun of Monsieur Mallah is the accent! I mean, geez, he is called Monsieur Mallah, not Mr Mallah.
OK, enough of that. As I said, that was my only problem with this issue, which otherwise is a lot of fun. Roy Harper tells Wonder Girl about the Brotherhood of Evil’s plans, but the villains have prepared for this, and even the Justice League are unable to find any trace of what the Brain is up to.
As a result, the adults think Roy has gone back to drugs, and his former teammates, Flash and Nightwing, wind up having to fight against him.
The art is good. There is a lot of detail used in rendering Roy’s scuzzy apartment, which also serves as the location of the fights.
The only character who doesn’t come off very well in the issue is Wonder Girl, though her inability to stand up for Roy clearly derives from her self-doubt after meeting her older self in the last big story arc.
A fast and fun issue, this works well both to continue the plot of the Titans being broken up by the League, while at the same time laying the groundwork for that to end.