Titans #11

Story by
Art by
Howard Porter, Wayne Faucher
Colors by
Edgar Delgado
Letters by
Pat Brosseau
Cover by
DC Comics

If it were possible for a book to accomplish something when absolutely nothing happens in it, then this would be the new high watermark. The action in this book is limited to a two-page throwaway street scuffle featuring Roy Harper, but he manages to find other action, if you know what I mean.

The lack of action, however, does not immediately make this book dispensable. This issue is a spaceholder to be certain, but it holds space between an arguably ignorable ten-issue launch and the "next big chapter" in the legacy of the Titans. Additionally, Sean McKeever jumps on board with this issue, putting all of the pieces on the game board. The next few months will feature a crossover with "Teen Titans" and "Vigilante" as all parties try to leash Jericho.

In the interim, McKeever takes time to wrap his mind around each of the Titans and their connections betwixt and between one another. Of particular interest is the distance Raven chooses to put between herself and Beast Boy. In some ways, this issue carries itself like a classic Wolfman/Perez issue of "New Teen Titans" and in other ways, I found myself just wishing something would happen.

The art from Porter is dashing, as Porter's new style is reminiscent of his "JLA" work with a pinch more kinetic buzz surrounding it. The page composition -- not layouts -- and use of heavy framing lines is a nice visual and gives Delgado's colors much more room to play. Brosseau's lettering is a fine touch, helping further distinguish and identify the various members of the cast beyond Porter's drawing. This issue rested clearly on the shoulder of the visual creative team to maintain my interest but, with that said, McKeever capitalized on my attention.

The issue ends with all the subtlety of a Billy Mays infomercial, demanding that the reader "check out 'Teen Titans' #69 and the 'Teen Titans Annual' for what happens next" before the multi-titular-crossover "Deathtrap" begins in the next issue of "Titans." Really? Is this the 1990s all over again with "family" crossovers spilling out from every corner of comicdom? I'm ambivalent about picking up "Teen Titans" #69, as I haven't truly enjoyed that series since before "One Year Later," but I will check back in with this title next month to see how "Deathtrap" hits the pages.

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