[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers!]
Writer: Dan Abnett
Pencils: Brandon Peterson
Under the leadership of Nightwing, an all new Titans team has formed to track down threats to the world thanks to the destruction of the source wall! A boundless stream of energy has been released on Earth giving regular people superhuman powers!
Dan Abnett shows just why Nightwing is the leader in this issue! Dick Grayson takes charge as the leader of the new Titans, and leads them pretty well too! I’m pretty impressed with the lineup he has, which includes Donna Troy, Beast Boy, Raven, and even newcomer Steel–who can hold her own proven here! Abnett does a wonderful job of showing each team member’s true purpose as well. Nightwing serves a tactician and master strategist, Donna Troy is the warrior, Steel supplies the technical knowledge, while Raven provides magic and overall awareness of their environment. Even Beast Boy has found a role with this team even with his personal issues, which were highlighted pretty good here in this book.
I have no complaints about this book. The story is told well, and Peterson does a great job of showing the real emotions of each page. A highlight to me was the argument between Miss Martian and Nightwing. Each panel during their argument was done in great detail, and Peterson does a wonderful job of conveying such heavy emotion in each character’s face–especially Nightwing.
Overall I thought Titans #23 was a good read. It’s great that team is back together and I love the addition of Steel to the team as well. A relative of John Henry Irons, she’s proven in this issue already that she belongs on the team and I can’t wait to see more of her. My only hope however is that we see the return of Roy Harper at some point. I always enjoyed the relationship between Roy and Grayson, as Roy has a tendency to shake things up on the team.