[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers!]
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artists: Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli
Colors: Ivan Plascencia
Letters: Dave Sharpe
With Nightwing shot and in critical care, the Titans are lost. As the team tries to regain some semblance of identity too many questions remain. Where will the team go from here? What happens to the search for those affected by the source wall energy? What will happen to the Titans?
Dan Abnett really writes an emotional issue here with Titans #27. Dealing with the revelation of Nightwing being shot in the head in Gotham, the Titans have no choice but to assume the worst. Abnett and Peeples do a wonderful job of showing how each team member is dealing with the potential loss of not just a teammate but a friend. I think Donna Troy is probably handling this potential loss the worst. Drowning out her sorrows in a bottle in one panel, she soon finds herself as a confidant with Raven and Miss Martian. Both are dealing with the issue in their own way, with Raven having difficulty with feeling any sadness at all due to her soul being gone from her body. The rest of the team is debating what exactly will happen to the Titans if Nightwing doesn’t pull through, and it doesn’t seem good.
I don’t have too many complaints about this issue. I’d like to know where the Justice League is in all of this however though. Here is a team that was sanctioned by the Justice League themselves to find this source wall energy, and yet there wasn’t any contact with them at all in this issue. You would think with the potential loss of their leader the League would at least reach out. My second concern is that with the absence of Nightwing, just who will lead the team? I’d hope to see Donna Troy step up, but something tells me that since Miss Martian was the liaison to the League, she’ll probably become their new leader–if the team is still around anyways.
Overall I thought Titans #27 was a good read. The issue was emotional as the team is still trying to struggle with the thought that Nightwing could be gone for good. I enjoyed the artwork by Brent Peeples as he did a great job showing how these heroes cope with the loss of one of their own. I’m looking forward to reading the next issue as now the question is what will happen to the Titans and their mission?