Titans #21: Titans Apart Part Two
Writer: Dan Abnett
Pencils: Paul Pelletier
Covers: Paul Pelletier and Andrew Hennesy
What You Need to Know:
Arsenal has struck out on his own after Nightwing has made the decision to disband the Titans upon Batman’s order. After searching for a way to stop a growing drug cartel, he happens upon an old flame: Cheshire. She seduces Roy and brings him back to his apartment when he relapses and takes advantage of him. After Cheshire stomps on Roy’s heart, we find out that the drug was only part of a plan by The Brain from the Brotherhood of Evil.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this comic; I’ve never been a strong Titan’s fan, but after reading a couple of issues written by Dan and illustrated by Paul, I see how it holds its own very very well. I’ve been drawn into the issue throughout the entire comic. I really enjoyed the witty banter between The Brain and Monsiuer Mallah as they discuss Brain’s plan’s on world domination.
But it wasn’t just their discussion that caused me to enjoy the issue so much; I also loved how each Titan had so much heart for each other. I could see the hurt and turmoil that was reeling through Roy’s head as he felt that his friends had betrayed him. I understood from both Roy’s side and the Titans side. They knew that he needed help and didn’t want him to continue in a cycle of self-abuse and all he wanted was to explain to them what he had uncovered. Only they took it as him needing rehabilitation based upon his past usage. I love how Dan is able to approach a sensitive subject such as drug-abuse and really demonstrate how a real-life situation may take place for the abuser and the people around him.
The Paul’s illustration is fantastic. As I have read the last couple of issues, the artwork has really blown me away. I don’t know how he’s doing it, but I love his lines and decisions on rendering the characters on the pages. His dynamic use of perspective and lighting has been really enjoyable to view. He has a great ability in bringing the reader in while the story unfolds.
This comic is definitely worth the read. Pick it up now!