TITANS: REBIRTH #1 [Review]

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TITANS: REBIRTH #1/ Written by DAN ABNETT/ Pencils by BRETT BOOTH/ Inks by NORM RAPMUND/ Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE/ Letters by CARLOS M. MANGUAL/ Published by DC COMICS

Once, they were Titans. More than teammates. More than heroes. They were a Family. They were a Legacy. They were Together.

And then, suddenly, they weren’t.

Wally West remembered. But Wally West was as forgotten as those salad days when six teenagers of unusual backgrounds, powers and training joined together to save the world. Trapped outside of time and unable to warn anyone that someone was manipulating time itself, Wally finally escaped after one final desperate effort at communication. He was pulled from the void by his beloved uncle and mentor, Barry Allen – a.k.a. The Flash.

Now Barry remembers the past that was and is working to identify who is responsible for the lost time. But Wally has another task – restoring the memories of his best friends. Dick Grayson. Garth of Atlantis. Donna Troy. Roy Harper. Lilith Clay.  All the original Teen Titans!

Unfortunately, they’ve already been made aware that a villain named Mister Twister tried to manipulate their memories and they think this new character in the red costume claiming to be a long-lost friend is working for him!

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Dan Abnett’s script for this issue continues on from his own Titans Hunt mini-series and as well as DC Universe: Rebirth #1 and The Flash: Rebirth #1. Thankfully, while reading those issues will enhance a reader’s enjoyment of this book, it is not required. Abnett does a fine job of explaining it all for those readers just now jumping into the tales of The Titans.

Thematically, this issue is pitch perfect. The focus here is firmly upon the feeling of family that was the heart of the classic Teen Titans.  While Abnett doesn’t have much time to spend establishing the characters here, he gives each character at least one defining flashback scene involving Wally West. There’s a wonderful mix of emotions here, with a hilarious scene of a young Robin and Kid Flash going on a joyride in the Batmobile and a truly touching moment of Wally West giving the telepathic Lilith a kiss in an effort to give her a happy feeling to focus on when she’s losing control of her powers.

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Artist Brett Booth is famed for a kinetic, high-energy style that invites comparison to the works of Jim Lee. Given that, Booth seems an odd choice to pencil this relatively sedate story. Yet Booth’s dynamic nature proves a welcome fit for the book’s few action sequences and Booth is more than capable of drawing the softer scenes Abnett’s script requires. The artwork is perfectly enhanced and completed by the inks of Norm Rapmund, the color art of Andrew Dalhouse and the lettering of Carlos M. Mangual.

Titans: Rebirth #1 is not merely a comic book. It is a affirmation of everything the Teen Titans stand for as a concept. Now, as always, they are Titans Together. And if this issue is any indicator of what the future has to hold, they – and a new generation of readers – will be together for a long time to come.

Rating 4

About Matt Morrison

Matt "Starman" Morrison is The Grand Exalted High Macha of Raspur - a non-existent but real-sounding country. He has been writing about comics since before the word "blogging" was coined. He enjoys acting, role-playing, movie-riffing and sarcasm. You can follow his adventures on Twitter, @GeekyGeekyWays.

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