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By: Steve Orlando, Brian Ching, Michael Atyeh
Escape from the Phantom Zone Part One kicks off an arc that I’ve been dying to see since Rebirth started. A Barbara Gordon and Kara Danvers team up.
The concept is simple. The Tychotech company in National City is unveiling a new clean energy concept to the world. As Supergirl, Kara has been invited due to her attachment to the technology used. Of course, something goes wrong and the machine goes haywire sending Barbara’s friend Ben into the Phantom Zone. Naturally, Batgirl and Supergirl head into the Phantom Zone to find him and get him out.
Writer Steve Orlando did pull off something that I didn’t see coming. The villain who turned-on the machine was Magog, who hasn’t made a ton of appearances (that I’m aware of) since Kingdom Come. Brian Ching does a good job with this world and has since Rebirth started. Michael Atyeh’s colors are perfect for any “Super” book: Nice and bright. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]
By: Dan Abnett, Brett Booth, Benjamin Percy, Mike McKone
Since the beginning of Rebirth, Titans has always stood at the center of it all thanks to Wally West, the one hero who kickstarted this whole event. With Titans #11 and the first chapter of The Lazarus Contract, Wally and the rest of his team find themselves set to change the DC Universe yet again.
Like all great Titans stories, Titans #11 centers on Deathstroke, who seeks to bring his son back from the dead. Slade believes the key is through Wally West and time travel, which could have potentially devastating effects on the already fragile state of the universe. In particular, the last page of this comic will shake things up in a big way for both the Titans and Teen Titans.
Titans #11 is the start of yet another exciting mini-event for DC Comics and looks to shake everything up once again. The superstar writing team of Ben Percy, Dan Abnett, and Christopher Priest are well on their way to knocking this one out of the park. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]
The Unbelievable Gwenpool #15
By: Christopher Hastings, Myisha Haynes, Paulina Ganucheau
Weird team-ups! Hijinks! 4th-wall breaking! It’s all here in The Unbelievable Gwenpool! This whole series is nothing but obscure adventures and breaking the 4th-wall, and no surprise, it’s been awesome.
Gwenpool’s friend is trapped is a gem, and she’s working with Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) to help free him. Well, first she’s got to get her friend back from Ghost Rider, then save him from the dwarves that want the gem. Then, she has to somehow get him out, all while Ghost Rider does his thing and Kate Bishop a.k.a. Hawkeye, just shoots arrows.
This is a really fun series that you can’t take seriously at all: It’s zanier than good ol’ Deadpool. Less blood and guts, but more wacky fun. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]
Secret Warriors #1
By: Matthew Rosenberg, Javi Garron, Tradd Moore
i>Secret Empire #1 revealed a shocking truth about the state of the Hydra-controlled world: Inhumans were being rounded up into camps. While this is only touched on briefly in that book, Secret Warriors #1 dives headfirst into the subject.
Writer Matthew Rosenberg assembles a dream team of Inhumans for this latest incarnation of the Secret Warriors, including Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl and Quake. The comic features equal amounts mystery, suspense, drama, and action, and Rosenberg nails all of it. Artist Javi Garron does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life.
If you’ve read the solicits for Secret Warriors, you won’t find any surprises in this book. However, if you’re following Secret Empire #1 or you’re a fan of the Inhumans, I highly recommend this book due to its strong writing and the impact it’s going to have on Secret Empire as a whole. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]
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First, I should start off by saying that I have been waiting for Titans to pick back up as soon as it was announced. When I was younger, I lived and breathed Titans (specifically Nightwing and Wally’s Flash). I loved the comics, I loved the show, and I have continued to love the characters even after the team disbanded and they went their separate ways. So my expectations for this title were pretty high…
As I dove into Titans #1, I noticed two things right away. First, it gives readers what they want right up front, and that is some quality Wally West time now that he is back in the DCU! Secondly, the layouts look fantastic. Rapmund and Booth really strike readers visually with their layouts in this issue, and it is just as easy to follow as it is pleasing to the eye.
Abnett puts readers in an interesting place. He rewinds Wally’s timeline just a bit as well as the timeline of his true love, Linda Park. Wally needs to piece his timeline back together and remind the world, his love, and his friends who he really is! With the help of Lillith and the Titans, he hopes to make it all happen! As Lillith reaches deeper into Wally’s memory hoping to recover something, she finds that an old foe has taken up arms once again, and it is up to the Titans to stop him once more!
This issue takes a good step in the right direction. It shows us that Wally is now back as an important member of the Titans, it sets up a larger arc in attempting to give Wally his life back, and it also rewinds his clock without making him a “teen” titan. Overall, the issue was well written. The dialogue is believable for every character. Furthermore, it reintroduces an old Titan foe we love to hate, and it excites me to see where this series is going!
Review by Alex Mitts
We are closing in on the final week of our 28 Days of Comics sale, but that doesn’t mean we’re running out of steam! In fact, some of our most exciting titles, like Thunderbolts, Trinity, Tarzan, and Thor are 28% percent off until midnight tonight!
Of course, you can’t talk “T” titles without bringing DC Comics’ Titans into the mix. We have Titans, Terror Titans, and Teen Titans up for grabs today, but surprisingly, what I enjoyed most this week was Tiny Titans. If you’ve grown up on comics and now have kids (or know kids) who you want to share them with, Tiny Titans is a very enjoyable read for children that won’t turn your brains into mush.
This title is especially hilarious if you’re a fan of the Teen Titans, as Tiny Titans is sprinkled with little in-jokes throughout. For example, Deathstroke the Terminator makes a guest appearance–as the Titans’ substitute teacher. Terra shows up as a bad-tempered little girl who throws rocks at a smitten Beast Boy and is accused of being “two faced” by Wonder Girl and Raven. Also, Robin decides to debut his “new” persona–and costume–as Nightwing, only to be asked if he’s dressed to go disco dancing. It reads like a cross between a superhero comic, Peanuts, and Calvin and Hobbes, with maybe a little Muppet Babies thrown in, and the simple, colorful artwork is delightful.
So come back tomorrow for day “U”! Classic titles like Uncanny X-Men, The Umbrella Academy, and Marvel’s entire line of Ultimates comics and graphic novels will all be 28% off.
So are comics really for kids anymore? Anyone a Titans fan who can fill me in on what I’ve missed since–oh–1985? Post below!