Written By: Dan Abnett
Pencils and Ink By: Lee Weeks
Colors By: John Kalisz
With knowledge from Abra Kadabra causing a relocation to a new city, The Protégé heroes begin to protect this city and begin anew, but an old friend arrives at the surprise of Wally West, The Flash revealing that he isn’t the only person from a world beyond his returning revealing that he isn’t the only person from a world beyond his returning. Can a race, new knowledge and a new base of operations be enough for a good read? Let’s find out.
So, we begin in Manhattan, New York where after the events of Titans issue 6, due to Omen read the mind of Abra Kadabra to discover his motives before he was defeated and gaining only a single word, Manhattan. Flash, Arsenal, and Donna Troy are battling a new giant foe who doesn’t seem to be in control of his powers. The team quickly dispatch the threat but not without arsenal almost endangering the lives of the people in the city. Wally scolds Roy about how this is their city now and its their job to protect it not doom it. Roy counters with the philosophy of if it gets done it gets done. Just at that moment, Superman arrives. You read that correctly. Superman has shown up in a Titans book. Which isn’t unheard of in the past but is very rare especially with Conner Kent seemingly written out of all of DC Comics.
Anyway, Superman shows up saying he heard the commotion as he was flying by and then as he sees that its handled begins to fly off but leaving with “Good to see you again Wally” and departs. Freaking out wally enough to chase him, but Superman jokes that its like old times and tries to make it a race but Wally stops him to question how he knows him. Because apparently, only the Titans and Barry and the newer Wally West know him… I’m going to suspend my disbelief and keep going. Their part of the story becomes a bonding moment. A connection between the two because they are both from the “Pre-New 52” Universe. And now with all the changes in this world, the Superman says he’s there for him if he ever needs him.
On the other side of the plot, Nightwing, Omen, and Tempest are in the process of getting the building permits for the new Titans Tower. One of two currently in the DC Universe. One for the Titans and one for the Teen Titans. Though one would think with the impending crossover with Deathstroke The Terminator, and the bond between Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne that they would all share one tower. But then again that’s just my opinion. It’s apparently okay to have two giant T shaped towers in America and no one care. Regardless this part of the story is very interesting. Explaining how Nightwing is funding the tower through a “benefactor” meaning “Batman’s my adopted dad” and Tempest talking about how he built the entire Tower using Atlantean Technology. Which as an Aquaman fan, is very cool.
Titans issue 7 to me is very short hence a short summary. It adds more to the story while also giving Wally West more connections in this new universe. As we find out in the next issue and the Nightwing solo series, he’s just living at the tower. With no one knowing him, and no plausible identity in this new reality, that must be hard. The one thing they haven’t touched on is the fact that literally his kids don’t exist in this reality and what they have touched on is his wife doesn’t know him the same as he knows her, so regardless of the pushing forward theme of issue 6, he must be struggling not just as a hero, but an overall human being. So, this new connection must be reenergizing for him. The underplot of the Titans tower actually having to abide by Safety regulations rather than just existing in a major city is kind of interesting. And while this subject would seem boring to the outsider, there’s humor sprinkled throughout to compensate. This issue even manages to carry on the Donna Troy and Arsenal romance but it’s only a brief kiss because Roy is helping her discover her origin. Hopefully DC allows Dan Abnett to actually give her one.
The Art is not the same as its been, probably to give the main artist, Brett Booth, a break between story arcs because this book is indeed a filler with allot of character growth. This doesn’t mean the arts bad it’s just not what I’m used to for this book. I say its solid but it isn’t my favorite.
All things considered, It was pretty good nothing over the top but solid with allot of development. No new plots are introduced, nothing goes out of its way to confuse readers and that’s good. Very solid filler. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you guys next time