Green Lantern Kyle Rayner Takes The Stage In Titans #31

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Green Lantern Kyle Rayner gives the Titans and their Boom Room a ferry back to Earth. The Titans are exhausted after their crisis, and they recuperate at the Hall of Justice. Donna Troy and Kyle Rayner report what happened to Batman and the Justice League. Miss Martian helps Raven locate her soul-self. Steel tests how Beast Boy’s physiology has continued to transform. Finally, Ben Rubel tries to reintegrate into the team.

Titans #31 cover by Clayton Henry and Ivan Plascencia
Titans #31 cover by Clayton Henry and Ivan Plascencia

Titans #31 finally brings the team back to Earth and continues the task of discovering who this team of Titans will turn out to be. We also finally return to the plot thread about Raven’s missing soul-self, and it looks like that may be resolved soon.

Also, Kyle Rayner may be joining the Titans team for the long haul, which is pretty freaking awesome in my measure. Depending on how DC Comics’ lore is shaped at the moment, he’s not that much older than most of the other members, if at all.

There’s a surprisingly macabre scene involving Beast Boy in the back half. It points towards another pair of stories to come, but it’s delivered in a (possibly?) gory manner.

It’s good to see Donna Troy ascend to the role of leader. She is definitely the most qualified member out of the group. I miss Nightwing still, but it’s cool to see Troy getting some more attention.

Titans #31 art by Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo, and letterer Dave Sharpe
Titans #31 art by Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo, and letterer Dave Sharpe

Clayton Henry and Brent Peeples are the artists on this issue, and both artists do some good work. I’ve especially been a fan of Clayton Henry’s work since he showed up on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, and he doesn’t disappoint at all here. Peeples is no slouch either, of course. Marcelo Maiolo brings in some good color art, keeping the book well-balanced but erring on the side of bright and vibrant color.

Titans #31 is another solid issue for the team, and it’s good to see the book on the upswing after a short lull. The lineup is looking good, the art is great, and the upcoming stories look they will likely continue to entertain. This one gets a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

Titans #31 comes to us from writer Dan Abnett, artists Clayton Henry and Brent Peeples, inkers Clayton Henry and Dexter Vines, color artist Marcelo Maiolo, letterer Dave Sharpe, cover artist Clayton Henry with Ivan Plascencia, and variant cover artist Philip Tan with Elmer Santos.

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