I will be honest, I haven't picked up a Titans or Teen Titans book in a long time.
But the sneak peek of Titans #30 on the DC Source got me interested enough to give it a try. The creative team of writer Eric Wallace and artist Fabrizio Fiorentino are completely new to me so I figured this would also be a good way for me to branch out and get a feel for some new talent.
I'll say that I was very grateful for the 'origin box' in the issue. I thought Titans was the title where the grown up Teen Titans work their magic. But with Donna and Dick in the JLA, Starfire in REBELS, and Beast Boy still in Teen Titans, there wouldn't be much of a roster.
So it seems this book has some connection to Brightest Day. And it really is a Deathstroke team, a gathering of some bad guys working on a secret mission. Cheshire and Roy Harper are on the team.
I should have known after reading this that it wasn't necessarily going to be my cup of tea. I don't always gravitate to the frank bad guy books (although I guess REBELS is debatable.)
The main plot of this book is Deathstroke's team breaking into Arkham to free a woman with some sort of solar/radiation powers.
What got my attention on the Source was this scene with the JLA and Supergirl. I guess a subplot here is the investigation of the missing Ryan Choi. Roy Palmer and the team are trying to figure out if Choi was murdered (which I think we know is true) but are coming up empty.
But look at Fiorentino's version of Supergirl. That doesn't look like a belly shirt to me!
Doesn't this complete blue shirt version of the costume, even if it was a mistake, look completely fantastic? Make the skirt red and I'd be thrilled!
I do like how Supergirl remains hopeful that Choi is alive. Maybe she would be recruited by the Blue Lanterns?
I also like the hair Fiorentino draws Supergirl with. It sort of reminded me of the wisps seen in the Apocalypse movie.
But otherwise this is a book about Deathstroke being one step ahead of everyone including the Dick Grayson Batman. It also showed me how low Roy Harper has gone, working with the villains and generally being a brute. He is even described as being in a heroin haze. I am sure this darkness appeals to some, but not me. I'm not invested enough in these characters to care.
So I am glad I got the book. It is always good to try new titles and see what's happening. But I don't think I'll be coming back here.