Titans Annual #2 Review: Mallah and Brain Forever

Titans Annual #2
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Writer: Dan Abnett, Artists: Tom Grummett and Tom Derenick, Inkers: Cam Smith, Mick Gray, and Trevor Scott, Color Artist: Adriano Lucas, Letters: Travis Lanham, Cover by: Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy, and Adriano Lucas, Assistant Editor: Dave Wielgosz, Editors: Alex Antone and Brian Cunningham, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $4.99

Victory is at hand for the Brain. His cognitive capability is reaching its full potential, and he is on the cusp of the hypergenius. The Justice League has been pacified by the Brain's storms and robotic army. The only thing that stands in his way is Arsenal and Donna Troy of the Titans. These are gnats unworthy of his time, so he sends Monsieur Mallah to deal with these intruders.

Titans Annual #2 cover by Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy, and Adriano Lucas
Titans Annual #2 cover by Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy, and Adriano Lucas

I have rarely been so invested in a comic book relationship as I am now in the one between the Brain and Monsieur Mallah. These two need to be together.

This story is a good example of a just solid superhero fiction writing. It admittedly doesn't throw anything at you which you wouldn't have expected. The Titans do reunite. Mallah does turn and help the Titans stop the Brain so that he can have is beloved back to him. Apologies are made between the heroes. A fairly sweet ending I given to the villains.

The dialogue between Arsenal and Nightwing is cocky and full of "I told you so's." It's entertaining. Mallah's huffing and puffing about Brain's distance and arrogance does veer dangerously close to the realm of melodrama, but it never fully crosses that line.

Titans Annual #2 art by Tom Grummett, Cam Smith, Mick Gray, Trevor Scott, and Adriano Lucas
Titans Annual #2 art by Tom Grummett, Cam Smith, Mick Gray, Trevor Scott, and Adriano Lucas

Tom Grummett and Tom Derenick split the penciling on this issue, and both halves look very good. Grummett brings a certain energetic and kinetic stylism to his with a decent amount of detailing and texturing. Derenick compliments it well with something that focuses more on expression and line detailing. Both look very good, and Adriano Lucas' work gives the book a great color balance that really pops off the page.

Titans Annual #2 finishes this arc as it should, with the Titans getting back together and Mallah and Brain mending their relationship. Grummett, Derenick, and the rest of the art team do great work on the visuals. Dan Abnett wrote a fun and compelling Annual for the Titans here. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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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.