Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Titans Special #1 by Dan Abnett - Book Review

From the publisher: It’s the dawn of a new age of TITANS! The events of METAL and NO JUSTICE have left the team in tatters, but a strange new threat has emerged to lead Nightwing to reassemble the Titans with a mix of old blood and new. A rash of metahuman power fluctuations are threatening people around the globe, and only the friends who grew up as superheroes can help those whose powers have grown out of control! It all starts here in this special issue kicking off a bold new direction!

Titans Special #1 by Dan Abnett is a new direction for the Titans (the adult team, not the teen version). Due to the Source Wall falling as a result of the events of Dark Nights: Metal, many "normal" people are having the meta gene activated. People unprepared for powers can have and cause all sorts of problems, which is where Nightwing and his team come in.

As a result of a run-in with one of these newly powered people, Nightwing realizes that there is a need for a team of heroes to help the newly powered, or to stop them. Being sanctioned by the Justice League gives his idea legitimacy (although there is a hesitancy due to the events of Justice League: No Justice). This issue focuses on Nightwing putting his team together. As he gathers heroes with varying power sets, Nightwing readies the Titans to accomplish their mission.

This book was okay. I generally enjoy the Titans, and Nightwing is one of my favorites. Visiting and recruiting heroes is a tried and true formula for new/special issues, so the story didn't break any ground here. Also, the basis for this team and how they are to operate refer back to previous series, and while the story itself didn't require any previous knowledge, I feel like I'm missing a little not having read one of those series. Hopefully, this won't be an ongoing issue as the main Titans book transitions to this new team.

Titans Special #1 by Dan Abnett fulfills its function admirably. Abnett is tasked with introducing a new team of Titans and setting them on their path. Titans Special #1 does both of those things, but its hard to really evaluate how the team and the new direction are going to look going forward. Abnett does have a pretty good track record writing interesting comics, so Titans bears watching in the future.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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