Review: Titans #21

“Titans Apart, Part 2”

Writer – Dan Abnett

Artist – Paul Pelletier

Trust and power were at the heart of Titans #21. Trust issues threatened old friendships and reach for power subtly divided characters.

Titans #21 was narrated by Roy Harper. Thus, readers were privy to his thoughts and feelings throughout. I think this added depth to the issue and gravity to the situation. For certain, Roy struggled with issues of not being trusted by his friends. Donna worries most and Roy’s affection fuels feelings of betrayal. So, Roy’s past addiction again comes to bear on his present situation. Thus, friends hoped for the best and yet feared the worst – has Roy fallen off the wagon again? Are they too late to help?

First of all, I enjoyed how conversations between characters in one scene overlapped and transitioned to other characters in another scene. This literary device was an effective shift and helped the dialogue flow easily throughout the well-paced issue. Most noteworthy, the dialogue carried emotional weight in Titans #21. So, while relational tension between the Titans boiled over, similar tensions subtly stewed between Mallah and The Brain. I still dislike Brain and Mallah as villains, in general. Yet, I appreciated the nuance and skill Dan Abnett brought to his craft here.

The art of Titans #21 was pleasing and well done. The lines were crisp and clean. Drew Hennessy’s inks were exceptional. In particular, well-defined shadows added appropriate depth to character’s faces, which enhanced the emotion felt in this issue. I like the realism and extensive pallet of color used by Adriano Lucas. Depending on the character’s location, suits were slightly different shades relative to the light or shadow of the setting. Very well done! Furthermore, the art stood out when it’s time for action. Rain-soaked characters were exceptionally rendered. Most of all, I appreciated the subtle details and realism of the art in this issue.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Titans #21 wove together a poignant story with incredible art. Most of all, I enjoyed the dialogue which added depth and developed characters well. Here, Roy Harper remained the focal point of the narrative and gave promise to future storylines filled with emotional depth. Consequently, the plot thickened in Titans #21 and relational wreckage awaits in the months ahead. Almost certainly, the Titans will be dealing with the ramifications of this emotional baggage for a long, long while.

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