Turning The Tide In Titans #35

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Travesty just killed his creator, Hinton, for Mother Blood. All seems loss for the Titans as Beast Boy is turned by the Red commanded by Mother Blood. Raven has been split into three identities, and one, Lenore, is about to kill Raven’s physical form. Miss Martian has been badly wounded, the team has lost contact with Ben Rubel at the Hall of Justice, Kyle Rayner and Steel have been captured by Mother Blood, and Beast Boy is about to execute Donna Troy. However, Travesty’s specialty is deception, and there may be an out for the Titans yet.

Titans #35 cover by Bruno Redondo and Alejandro Sanchez
Titans #35 cover by Bruno Redondo and Alejandro Sanchez

Titans #35 is the turning point for the team in their war for the fate of Unworld and the Multiverse itself. Mother Blood is almost ready to exert her control through the Red, and the Titans are the only ones who can stop her.

I feel like the twist with Travesty is pretty obvious, but I won’t spoil the specifics. That said, I can say it’s not particularly shocking or exciting.

Raven’s part in the story is by far the most exciting. She and Kyle Rayner are my favorite members of the current lineup, and I’ve been a little disappointed in Raven’s part in the past few issues. She finally gets her moment in this issue.

The one-liners are a little weak, and I still find myself struggling to care much about the overall conflict. The Unearth/Mother Blood story has represented a low point for Titans, even if it’s still a fairly readable comic.

Titans #35 art by Bruno Redondo, Christian Duce, Marcelo Maiolo, and letterer Dave Sharpe
Titans #35 art by Bruno Redondo, Christian Duce, Marcelo Maiolo, and letterer Dave Sharpe

Bruno Redondo and Christian Duce split the artwork for this issue, and both artists provide solid work for the story. Their styles compliment one another well, and the action sequences are solid. Marcelo Maiolo’s color work is excellent; the colors are vibrant and well-balanced throughout.

Titans #35 is a decent read, even if it has myriad flaws. The book hasn’t been able to reach its previous heights since the No Justice change-up, but there is still fun to be had if you like any of the characters in the lineup. It’s worth a recommendation; feel free to check it out.

Titans #35 comes to us from writer Dan Abnett, artists Bruno Redondo and Christian Duce, color artist Marcelo Maiolo, letterer Dave Sharpe, cover artist Redondo with Alejandro Sanchez, and variant cover artist Rafa Sandoval with Ulises Arreola.

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