Ok, I’ll be frank. This issue of Titans really pissed me off.
It follows both the first issue of Heroes in Crisis, as well as the latest issue Batman. So Dick Grayson has been shot in the head, Wally West and Roy Harper are dead. And is any of that at the core of this issue? Nope.
And it’s not like those events haven’t happened yet. Both stories are made reference to. Sure, Donna Troy spends a couple of panels at Roy Harper’s grave, and talks about Dick getting shot, but that’s it. Wally West isn’t even mentioned!
The most recent issue of Green Arrow devoted its entire page count to Oliver Queen dealing with Roy’s death, and it was moving and powerful. I’m not saying that Abnett had to do the same thing with Titans, but he at least had to do more.
Part of the disappointment I felt had to do with the cover, which seemed to hint towards a Heroes in Crisis tie-in. Instead, this deals with one of the first kids the latest incarnation of the team tried to help. It’s a good story on its own, and sure I can agree that it gives parallel emotions for the team. But it isn’t the story I wanted.
As a general rule, I try to avoid criticizing a story solely because it is not the story I want told. I do my best to review what the creative team has done, rather than what I wish they had done. But this time, I am making an exception.
Wally West was central to this title when it was launched. Roy Harper and Wonder Girl have a long history, with some teenage romance in their past. To just skate over that quickly, or ignore it completely, is a shameful disservice to those characters.