Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist/Cover: Tyler Kirkham / Brett Booth
Colorist: Arif Prianto
A GOOD DEFENSE
As the Titans continue to find their way back through the time stream, Bart must confront the future he left behind and the secrets of his past (which is technically our future, but for him it’s the past…it makes sense don’t worry about it.)
The Ups: In this issue we finally get to explore more of Kid Flash’s history and the future he came from. For nearly the whole series Kid Flash’s secret has been teased and after the events of Forever Evil we now have a chance to learn what that secret is. Scott Lobdell makes sure to echo certain aspects of Bart Allen’s origin in the pre-reboot series without making his origin so similar that fans of the original series will already know his secret. Lobdell makes sure to give you just enough clues to speculate and even temps you with some pre-reboot references to throw you off track. For you would be theorists out there (myself included) remember that this is a new universe with new rules, don’t assume anything based on what’s happened in the old continuity, which is harder than it sounds. The art team of Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto bring another solid issue this week, there are some great designs in the future worlds the Titans find themselves in, and of course the main cast looks great as always.
The Downs: The current arc is still juggling at least 2 or 3 subplots right now on top of the main storyline of the Titans trying to return to their timeline. This can be a lot to keep track of and can cut the flow of one subplot when the issue focuses on another. While I do really appreciate all the stories that Scott Lobdell is planning in the future and I can’t until they come to fruition, I would also like to give this current arc my full attention and all of these subplots make it difficult to do that.
Overall: This issue teases a lot of great plot points in issues to come and I’m really looking forward to what’s coming up. Even though the issue jumps around a lot, it still delivers the suspense where it needs to and in terms of advancing the main plotline and being enjoyable this issue meets and some ways exceeds my expectations.
Grade 3 of 5