Unifying The Team In Titans #26

by Josh Davison

The Titans are led to a small town in Norway in their mission to track down all Source energy on Earth. The town seems to be abandoned now, but amorphous blood creatures appear and attack the team. Miss Martian, Nightwing, Beast Boy and Donna Troy, must hold off the creatures while Steel, Ben Rubel, and Raven try to learn how to put the monsters down.

Titans #26 cover by Ben Oliver and Dean White
Titans #26 cover by Ben Oliver and Dean White

Titans #26, in addition to the main story it seeks to tell, continues the effort of making this team feel more unified. There is still work in that regard, but this book gives the reader a little more to grasp onto regarding the team chemistry.
The Titans title has been in flux since the team was reorganized. The initial Titans: Rebirth team’s charm came from how the members were close friends in their youth. With the new team, the only relationship really focused upon is the antagonism between Nightwing and Miss Martian, a plotline mostly resolved last issue.
Here, we have Beast Boy trying to charm his teammates, a revelation of Miss Martian’s big secret from the team, and Ben Rubel trying to fit in while actively grating on Steel’s nerves. It’s not a lot, but it is something.
The actual conflict, that being the blood monsters rampaging through this town, is secondary. It’s not a bad threat, but there’s not a lot going on with the creatures beyond the tragedy at the heart of their creation.
Titans #26 cover by Ben Oliver and Dean White
Titans #26 art by Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli, and Hi-Fi

Brent Peeples gives a good treatment to the book. It’s a sleek style that suits the youthful team well. The action scenes look particularly good, especially in one instance where Steel swings her mighty hammer at the blood monsters. The inking of Matt Santorelli looks quite good as well, and the color work of Hi-Fi is as vibrant and lively as ever.
Titans #26 injects much-needed personality and chemistry into this new lineup and is one of the better issues since the new team took over. The characters are more alive, and the artwork is great. As such, this issue earns a recommendation. Check it out.
This book comes to us from writer Dan Abnett, artist Brent Peeples, inker Matt Santorelli, color artist Hi-Fi, letterer Dave Sharpe, cover artists Ben Oliver with Dean White, and variant cover artist Jonboy Meyers.

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