Garth, the one time Aqualad, more recently Tempest, returns to the Titans in a prelude to the Drowned Earth storyline. Well, it says it’s a prelude, though it actually comes after the event of Justice League 10, and the Earth is already Drowned.
But that’s a minor quibble. I enjoyed this issue far more than the previous one, even though it largely still avoids dealing with the deaths of Roy Harper and Wally West. At least this time out there is a reason for that. Garth also wonders about the absence of Nightwing, but there is little time to catch him up on recent events.
This story takes place concurrently with an upcoming issue of Drowned Earth, and Miss Martian keeps teleporting in and out, which we are told ties into events from the forthcoming book. This just adds to the confusion the Titans are experiencing, but Garth does a good job taking control of the team. The Titans even seem to have a decent plan to deal with the alien invaders, although things wind up going awry.
Clayton Henry steps in to do the art on this issue, and he does a great job on Garth. Well, on everyone, I guess, but he seems to particularly excel when it comes to the aquatic hero and his facial expressions.
This is a fast paced chapter, but I don’t mind that at all. It helps the build for Drowned Earth. Between this and the most recent issues of Justice League and Aquaman, there seems to be a very good crossover getting launched here.