The Justice League is gone, and a new team is in town to protect us all. DC’s Titans #1 shows how it all goes down.

The Flash has been shot with a bullet and is critically injured. None of his usual ‘Flash tricks’ will save him this time. Meantime, the former “teen” titans are grouping together. 

Writer Tom Taylor brings us an issue that yes, reads like a TV show episode, with characters making speeches to one another, but it actually works here. The hits of humour and character save this issue from being a super-predictable recounting of ‘how the team got together’. 

Australian Artist Nicola Scott steeps the story in detail. There are figures everywhere, all doing something. Background characters crowd the sidewalks, they linger under tree limbs that are festooned with leaves. It’s all expressions and groups of people. Yes, sometimes it is too much. The wallpaper effect, where well drawn ‘everythings’ compete for our attention. 

But Scott’s rendering is gorgeous, super-solid, super-clean. And colourist Annette Kwok works miracles in giving shading and shadow in the midst of all these costumed peoples chatting, flying, and fighting. Lettering by Wes Abbott. Editor Brittany Holzherr

It’s a new beginning, and the team is coming together. A fun read, with some great action sequences among the ‘team initiation’ rituals.

DC Comics, Titans #1, $3.99 for 24 pages of content. Teen rating

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!

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