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Subj: Titans Hunt #8 - All Ends Well....
Posted: Mon May 30, 2016 at 06:27:07 am EDT (Viewed 878 times)

Not all Crises to hit a superhero archetype need be of a deeply personal nature and psychologically harrowing, nor do they need sixteen-plus parts to resolve, and as a reintroductory tale Dan Abnett's Titans Hunt manages to capture something of the Stephen King style of plotting and fuse it with something that instead of being soaked in negativity, and featuring unpleasant people unable to get along with each other, takes the opposite path by delivering an effectively constructed suspense play laced with some fine tinges of nostalgia.
Memories of a golden-age, of a youth filled with satisfaction and wonder, are a large part of what powers the story unfolding these last eight months in Titans Hunt, featuring familiar elements taken from Stephen King's most successful novels there is nothing at all original to be had in Dan Abnetts story, being original is not the intention of the piece, what instead makes it a worthy and enjoyable journey is the focus on the characters involved and the quest they undertake to resolve and rediscover their own forgotten past together...

As events reach their conclusion and evil-since-the-dawn-of-time is set to be released our cast finally converges on the source of their anxieties and fogged past and faces their fears. And while series regular Paulo Siqueira is no longer present for the ever impressive visuals Paul Pelletier adjusts his style slightly to ensure we just don't notice a difference. The art on this series then has been impressive from the first.
Starting with Armageddon and ending with a warm reunion in a diner Titans Hunt #8 ends a pleasant journey by promising a brighter future and posing a dangling question left over from their adventure. That Abnett chooses to ignore the reality of Atlantean Garth's brutality as seen in the first two issues is unfortunate, certainly it seems unlikely that the upstanding Dick Grayson would be comfortable with accepting such a dangerous and extreme character as a friend, whether this will be addressed in the future we can but wait and see, for despite its rose tinted views of a more innocent time and childhood friends Titans Hunt appears remarkably ignorant to the significant truth that nearly all of these characters are not what the were as children. Some have killed. Some have moved on from adventuring and do-gooding. And yet by the end of the tale of a forced reunion to battle a common evil these fractured individuals choose to stay in touch and even plan to keep their Titans bond active.... in a way it is logical, left isolated and alone for years most of this group have grown up as loners and outcasts - the introverted Gnarkk, the volatile Hank Hall, the hyper Roy Harper, Donna Troy and her troublesome murlky origins a non(?) Amazon. Dick Grayson as ever stands as the most rational and well adjusted of the lot, and yet even he can be said to be adrift in life. The Titans then act as a focal point for these individuals, a superhero club and support group rolled into one. The act of choosing to belong means that they no longer have to feel so isolated and alone in the world they now have to walk in as adults...

Judging by the strength of Dan Abnetts scripting and the quality of artist assigned the future of the Titans here is set to be a promising one. By embracing tradition instead of abhorring it DC Comics manage to restore the integrity to the Titans name that has been absent for several years now. Perhaps then, as with this weeks Rebirth, a lesson has been absorbed by the publisher. Let us hope then that the damage of the last six years is able to be repaired and faith in the books restored. \(beer\)

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