[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers!]
Writer: Dan Abnett
Pencils: V. Ken Marion
The Titans are still on the hunt for their teammate Bumblbee aka Karen Duncan’s memories that were taken by H.I.V.E through a false corporation! Tracing the file to a secret facility, the Titans engage the agents of H.I.V.E in battle only to be ambushed by a new enemy–Mr. Binder! Thanks to the powers H.I.V.E has stolen, Mr. Binder can call upon any power he needs for battle any time he chooses! Just how can the Titans defeat this threat?
Dan Abnett gives us quite a dangerous villain in Mr. Binder. At first appearance, he catches the Titans off guard, presenting himself a seemingly ordinary scientist. However, once the computer program runs, he becomes something else entirely. Mr. Binder holds his own against the Titans surprisingly well, but it’s the speed of Wally West that once again saves the day–although unintentionally. West is going through his own personal predicament, but uses it to his advantage in this issue. I really admire that no matter what Wally West has been through since rebirth that he still retains his sense of heroism. He still continues to put others first–at often times sacrificing his own life.
My only negative is about the emerging love triangle between Donna Troy, Roy Harper, and Wally. Roy has been holding in his feelings for Donna for a long time now, and when she starts to show interest in Wally, his discontent for Wally shows itself just a little bit. I have a feeling that this is just going to be the start of a deep crack that will emerge between the team, but I really like Donna Troy and I hope that she won’t be at the center of this chaos as both the traitor and a love interest. Abnett is giving us all the evidence that there is a traitor among the team and with all the issues everyone has been handling individually–it could be any of them.
Titans #13 is a good read. This book had plenty of action and also a little teen drama as well. The story that’s beginning to start between Donna, Roy and Wally should be interesting. Although this issue dealt with the fight to recover Karen’s memories from H.I.V.E., and there are so many other side stories at play that Karen’s problems almost take a backseat in your mind while you read. The cracks are starting to show amongst the Titans–just who exactly can repair them?