[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers!]
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Mother Blood is about to break open the multiverse! With the Titans in disarray on the battlefield, and also Steel and Kyle Rayner imprisoned the team’s chances are getting more slim by the minute! Can the Titans rally and stop Mother Blood? Or will she will be able to rule the multiverse?
Dan Abnett really gives Raven the spotlight in this issue, and I loved it! Starting with a flashback to Nightwing recruiting her to join the team, we see how hesitant and unsure Raven is. Because of the energy released from the Source Wall, her powers have been acting weird, but Nightwing still wants her on the team. He seems to have more faith in her right now than she has in herself, and she uses that memory to gain strength to fight Mother Blood. Using the full force of her powers, Raven teleports the team to Mother Blood’s stronghold, right as the planet starts to come apart. Still angry at Mother Blood for dividing her soul, and her powers with it, Raven attacks Mother Blood with no hesitation, catching the evil villainess off guard. As the team works to free Steel, Kyle Rayner, Mr. Hinton and Travesty, Raven is battling Mother Blood, trying to force her into the bleed.
I have no complaints about this issue. The action is intense and emotions run high as Raven unleashes all of her power against Mother Blood. Raven in my opinion is probably one of the most powerful heroes in the DC Universe, and Abnett does a good job of showing that power here in this issue. In the end, it takes the combined might of Raven and Beast Boy to push Mother Blood through the bleed and seal it off for good. Without the power of the bleed, Beast Boy reverts back to his natural, smaller form and it seems he can control his powers again. As the book ends, we’re reminded of the person who put this team together for the mission in the first place, and that was Nightwing. Abnett shows us through these flashbacks that with everything the team has been through, Nightwing always had faith they’d be alright and accomplish the mission.
Overall I enjoyed Titans #36 and I’m saddened that this is the last issue! This team showed so much promise and I was hoping to see Donna Troy reach her full potential as the leader of the Titans. Even with the loss of Nightwing, this team was able to turn that particular tragedy into a strength and grow from it. Donna Troy honestly stood out as a favorite in this run, and I hope to see her again in another leadership role soon in the future.