A Step In The Right Direction In Titans #30

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Beast Boy has gone feral and is wrecking the Titans’ Boom Room, and Miss Martian, now in her White Martian form, is trying to stop him. She is too weak to stop him by force, so she uses her telepathic abilities to calm Garth down. M’Gann is now forced to come clean about her true identity to the rest of the Titans. Meanwhile, Raven receives a vision of the location of her soul self, Donna knows that this team needs a real leader now more than ever, and Steel must rebuild the Boom Room’s signal beacon.

Titans #30 cover by Ben Oliver and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Titans #30 cover by Ben Oliver and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Titans #30 manages to double back on many of my complaints about Titans #29. Writer Dan Abnett clearly knew that there were chemistry issues with the team, and this issue is intended to resolve or at least acknowledge them. A team of strangers they will be no longer; the Titans will become the Titans again.

This issue still focuses on the drama among the team members, but it works to resolve it instead of letting it fester.

This does make some of my criticisms of the previous issue less on-point than they were, but, in my defense, there are many team books where the team’s interior drama is never resolved and just left to fester as a B-plot in perpetuity.

Regardless, this was a far more enjoyable issue, and it’s nice seeing the Titans finally start coming together as a team. I do still miss Nightwing, though.

Titans #30 art by Minkyu Jung, John Dell, Scott Hanna, Adriano Lucas, Hi-Fi, and letterer Dave Sharpe
Titans #30 art by Minkyu Jung, John Dell, Scott Hanna, Adriano Lucas, Hi-Fi, and letterer Dave Sharpe

Minkyu Jung’s artwork continues to dazzle in this issue. Her rendition of White Martian M’Gann and beastly Beast Boy are particularly excellent. She can render emotion quite well too. She can detail the page without making it feel cluttered, which is a problem many artists face. Adriano Lucas and Hi-Fi team up for the color art, and they keep the palette lively and energizing.

Titans #30 is a step in the right direction for the DC team book. The schisms among the team members begin to be resolved, they begin to bond, and Donna Troy begins to stand out as the new leader for the team. This issue definitely earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

Titans #30 comes to us from writer Dan Abnett, artist Minkyu Jung, inkers John Dell and Scott Hanna, color artists Adriano Lucas and Hi-Fi, letterer Dave Sharpe, cover artist Ben Oliver with Romulo Fajardo Jr., and variant cover artist Yasmine Putri.

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