I’m of two minds about this exclusive preview of Titans #23 that DC sent us. On the one hand, everything that’s come out of Dark Nights and Justice League: No Justice so far has been really good. The bridge issues of Teen Titans and Titans were both great; Detective Comics is turning into Black Lightning and the Outsiders which is also great; and Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez and Jim Cheung’s Justice League is the best Justice League comic since Grant Morrison left.
The recent Titansinterlude was especially fun because it takes a mix of old Titans characters, drops in some great additions like Miss Martian and Natasha Irons, and then turns the book into an almost X-Men-esque hunt for new metas who caught some loose Source Wall energy to train them up in how to use their powers. This preview for the first issue of the new status quo for the book shows the team interacting and heading out to their first mission.
On the other hand, Brandon Peterson’s art is wonderful. His faces and action are so smooth and well-rendered. Ivan Plascencia’s colors probably deserve a bunch of credit for the feel of this art (and we’ve put the sketch variant cover right next to the original one so you can see the difference), but there is a real palpable energy in Peterson’s workthat makes the new setup for the series feel more exciting. That’s not really an other hand, it’s more of an “also in that hand, really it’s just good check out the preview.”
Here’s the official synopsis:
Can anything stop the Metagene pandemic unleashed through the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE? The all-new Titans are on the case. Roll call: Nightwing, Donna Troy, Raven, Steel, Beast Boy and Miss Martian! But can even their combined might stand against new super-powered weapons of mass destruction birthed by the Metagenes? And (SPOILERS) how will the events of TEEN TITANS #20 come back to haunt the Titans? New enemies are out for blood in part one of “The Spark.”