Deathstroke’s plan is revealed as the plot thickens for his Titans team.
Eric Wallace’s Titans run lurches along this week in #37. The team is back at their base, and Slade’s big secret is revealed- all his tech scavenging is to get pieces for a machine to heal Jericho, who is dying of…. well, nothing that’s really explained. Mind you, Jericho has been odd since his latest resurrection, as he also lost his eyes at one point and they apparently spontaneously grew back. Anyway, the machine magically repairs him and he’s fine.
Slade tells the team he has brought them all together because they’ve all suffered losses and he believes the machine can bring back the dead, and possibly de-petrify Black Adam. After much debate, Roy suddenly starts acting like a hero again, and says this is wrong. Cinder is with him. Slade’s hired help for the most part leaves, Dr. Impossible and Mad Hatter both saying they did what they were paid for and running off. As an aside, didn’t James Robinson kill off Dr. Impossible and his friends in JLA a while back? The brawl develops, with those against the machine badly outnumbered and out powered. The issue ends with Jericho also deciding all this is wrong, and jumping into Slade’s body to possess him. Oh, and somewhere in here there’s a scene of Superman telling Atom he did the right thing by letting the Titans go last issue. And another one of Isis being unsure of her ability to rule Khandaq.
What I liked and what I didn’t:
Well, it was nice seeing all this tied together after a fashion. And the people Slade hired make sense. I can see Roy and Cinder both going against this whole idea, and Jericho also acting more like a hero than he has of late is good.
To the bad… ok, I don’t know what happened with the art this issue. I haven’t liked it much in this run, it usually looks muddy and unclear. Now, they’ve changed it, and throughout the issue, Roy looks like he’s about 12. I know DC is de-aging people after the reboot, did they start early? Why we are supposed to care that Isis is being queen in another country I’m not sure. And Roy’s sudden acceptance of Lian’s death seems really forced and out of the blue to me. As another thought- if Sivana managed to make a machine that might well make people immortal, as this one is theorized to, wouldn’t he use it on himself? And for that matter, how is that Cheshire, one of the world’s foremost poisoners, who uses toxins as a matter of course, keeps scratching Roy left, right, and center, but has no effect?
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Jericho and Roy acting a bit more like themselves||Roy’s sudden conversion, the random scenes, Impossible’s seeming resurrection|