Titans Annual 1
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Minkyu Jung
Colorist: Adriano Lucas
Letterer: Carlos M Mangual
Cover: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse
Someone is abducting heroes, and many of the members of both the Titans and their mentors in the Justice League find themselves in a strange maze. Tempest, Aquaman, Donna, Wonder Woman, Wally (who needs a new codename), Flash, Nightwing and Batman are all there. Someone is trying to play them off against each other, and when things calm down, they get recreations of various foes thrown at them, including Parademons and Metallo.
Eventually, we learn who is behind the disappearances, although there is someone behind them, too. It’s interesting watching the different relationships between the Titans and the League. Barry and Wally get on great, of course; Aquaman and Tempest are ruler and subject; and Batman is, well, Batman to Nightwing. The really big surprise here is that they give yet another new origin for Donna Troy. Personally, I don’t like it, but it’s creative at least.
Plot: I’ll give them a 3.5 out of 5 for plot. I’ve seen a lot of these plot elements before, but they did a few clever things with them here.
Art: The art was good. I particularly liked some of the facial expressions. I’ll go 3.5 out of 5 for the art, too.
Positives: They did really well the personalities. Batman wasn’t a jerk for the sake of being a jerk, he was reacting questioningly, if abrasively. I liked that Nightwing is the one who first mentioned a big clue about what was going on. The new origin for Donna wasn’t needed, but it was clever. I like that they called out the Justice League on not being friends, which they haven’t been really since the infamous reboot.
Negatives: As I said, I’ve seen all these plot elements before. I’m also not wild about “There’s another big secret, but we’re not going to tell you now,” which is how they ended the story, without telling us when we’d find this out.
I’m a huge fan of the Titans and I like seeing them interact with their mentors. It was a good issue for that.