[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
We return to the scene of Beast Boy’s possession by the blood that claimed to be a representative of the Parliament of the Red. It told the Titans to go to Unearth to stop the Blood Cult from gaining control over the Red. We then jump to a young woman named Sonya on the run from the police. She left her homeland and persecution to find a life in the States, but she was labelled illegal and hounded by law enforcement. It was in this situation that she was recruited by Brother Blood. However, she and the other new recruits of the Blood Cult quickly found how self-serving Brother Blood truly is.
Titans #32 gives us the backstory on the new Mother Blood and her cadre of “Haemo Sapiens.” Like many recruited into cults and other malignant groups, Sonya and her friends were young, destitute individuals targeted because they had nowhere else to turn.
The Titans are scarcely in this comic, as you likely surmised. This issue is mostly a spiritual awakening for Sonya/Mother Blood. She has an encounter with the Totality, and it showed her the potential it had to control the fundamental forces of the universe such as the Red that Brother Blood so worshipped.
Sonya’s story isn’t the most or least interesting villain origin I’ve read recently. She’s faced adversity, and you can see why how and why she took the offer of the Blood Cult and, later, the Totality to attain life-changing power.
Clayton Henry once again provides the artwork for the comic, and he once again provides excellent visual work. The costume designs for the current iteration of Brother Blood as well as Mother Blood are both quite good, and there’s something to be said about how wiry and ragged Sonya looks when we first see her. Marcelo Maiolo impresses with his color work as well, giving the book an extra bit of life.
Titans #32 is a decent introduction for a new villain with a good amount of potential. Sonya/Mother Blood has a decent story behind her, and I look forward to seeing how she will clash with the Titans in the issues ahead. Henry and Maiolo keep the book looking particularly good, and the overall book is worth a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Titans #32 comes to us from writer Dan Abnett, artist Clayton Henry, color artist Marcelo Maiolo, letterer Dave Sharpe, cover artist Clayton Henry with Dean White, and variant cover artist Philip Tan with Elmer Santos.