Sunday, April 16, 2017

Getting the Band Back Together

Dan Abnett & Brett Booth “Titans Vol 1: The Return of Wally West” (DC Comics, 2017)

Notice something odd about this cover? It took me a few looks to realize that it doesn’t say “Teen Titans”, it’s just “Titans”. Now I’m sure that will be significant, but for now just make a note & set it aside.

Wally West has (surprisingly) been at the heart of DC’s Rebirth. I would think that by following Wally, we will stay close to the heart of the meta storyline.

Wally (the OG one, not the NEW one) has returned to the DCU. But even though he is aware, somehow no one remembers him. The plot here is a classic “hero misunderstanding>hero fight>heroes united to fight the villain” plot. There are reasons why this kind of story has been around for 50 years or more. It’s simple, and it works.

This is another Rebirth book that seems to be all about the setup for future storytelling. That’s OK, because it’s just fun seeing the characters together again, acting like they should. And the story having classic Bronze Age beats actually helps to emphasize the classicist nature of the storytelling.

While it’s not going to blow your mind, this is a fun read. I’d be happy to read more.

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