Titans #22 Review: The Gorilla and the Brain Just Need to Talk About Their Feelings for One Another

Posted by April 12, 2018 Comment

Titans #22
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Writer: Dan Abnett, Artist: Paul Pelletier, Inker: Andrew Hennessy, Color Artist: Adriano Lucas, Letters: Carlos M. Mangual, Cover by: Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy, and Adriano Lucas, Variant Cover by: Nick Bradshaw and Alex Sinclair, Assistant Editor: Dave Wielgosz, Editor: Alex Antone, Group Editor: Brian Cunningham, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, By special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

The Brain’s increased abilities have given him the ability to manipulate the weather around the globe, and it’s proving too much for even the Justice League to handle. Meanwhile, Arsenal is being pummeled by Cheshire and her lackeys. Donna Troy is the only one who can help him, but can she escape the Watchtower in time?

Titans #22 cover by Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy, and Adriano Lucas
Titans #22 cover by Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy, and Adriano Lucas

The stakes are raised in this issue of Titans, as the Justice League are shown insufficient to the task of stopping the Brain and Monsieur Mallah from destroying the world. This provides an attempt at the “kids can see things the adults can’t” lesson, even if it does mostly come off as Roy having been in the right place at the right time to catch all this.

The fight between Arsenal and Cheshire’s cadre is surprisingly brutal. Roy gets the tar kicked out of him, and, when the tide finally turns, he shows Cheshire’s men no quarter.

The strained relationship between Monsiuer Mallah and the Brain becomes less cute and more frustrating in this issue, as you wait for one of them to finally just say what is on their mind instead of beating around the bush. Yes, I’m aware that this is what real relationships can be like, but you do begin to wonder how one doesn’t pick up on what the other is trying to imply. Plus, this is a relationship between a talking gorilla and a living brain; I want cute, not an oft-used deconstruction of the minutia that is communication in human romantic relationships.

Titans #22 art by Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy, and Adriano Lucas
Titans #22 art by Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy, and Adriano Lucas

Paul Pelletier’s artwork is once again excellent, with his distinctive style being well-suited for high-action books and emotional expression in the principle characters. The forms look quite good, and the detailing is often quite strong. There is a hint of cartoonishness in the style that fits well in the tone of this comic and the superhero genre in general. Andrew Hennessy’s inking work emphasizes the forms well with bold lines. Adriano Lucas’s color work once again contrasts the lighter and darker tones well and help the comic look as gorgeous as it does.

Titans #22 wavers on the border of melodramatic more than most issues, but it still remains fun with its ample action scenes and the ridiculousness of some of its ideas. Plus, Pelletier, Hennessy, and Lucas once more make for a great-looking comic. This one earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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(Last Updated April 12, 2018 7:44 pm )

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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