The Titans have had enough of Brother Blood and his new Church of Blood. Although Sebastian Sanger dedicates himself to a rebrand as a televangelist, the heroes aren’t taking any chances. Meanwhile, the shadow of The Flash’s future death heavily weighs on the team. As a reminder, the Flash will die 48 hours in the future by gunshot, likely by a friend. Each new piece of information uncovering more mysterious details like a game of Cluedo.
Unable to ignore the return of Brother Blood, the Titans waste no time in raiding their church. As a strategy for maximum stealth, only Nightwing and Beast Boy infiltrate the castle. For some reason, Beast Boy cycles through a series of animals to open a window for Nightwing’s grappling hook. Confusingly, Beast Boy becomes several swarms of animals from ants, to bees, and spiders. As a swarm, Garfield inhabits multiple bodies, which raises far too many biological questions for me. In any case, the two heroes hilariously reflect on the heroics of breaking into a place of worship.
Due to the long time antagonism of the Church, the Titans are adamant that something is going on. Unsurprisingly, it isn’t long before they learn that the church is sacrificing innocents in the name of Trigon. Additionally, the legion of disciples all bathe in the powerful pool of blood once reserved for their leader. The horde of blood-soaked followers fill up the panels with cinematic horror. So, satisfied with their stealth mission, Nightwing calls on the rest of the Titans to fight the super zealots. This includes Wally, whom is still in danger of setting the events of his future death in motion. Despite that, he still rushes out to help because that’s what heroes do. However, in the middle of the fracas, the newest disciple arrives to join the fight.
Last issue, Tempest reveals that he has joined the all-new Church of Blood to change the world for the better. Luckily, Tempest can still tell right from wrong and help the Titans in battling the bald congregation. There’s even a really neat “Titans, Go!” splash with all of the team members posing mid-battle. After the battle, the team discovers that the church were actually rebelling against Brother Eternity. Moreover, Brother Eternity uncharacteristically recommends that they dispose of the blood and call the police. Unconvinced, the Titans once again petition Tempest to rejoin the Titans and leave the church of Blood, but he chooses to stay in the church.
Allegedly, all of the evil activity happening that night were the result of transitional discomfort. Unwilling to change, Brother Eternity alleges that holdovers from Trigon’s reign wanted to continue their schemes of world domination. In contrast, Brother Eternity claims that his goal is to bring peace to humanity by incidentally leaving the earth altogether. Fed up with the way society has failed, Tempest agrees and becomes his right hand man. Interestingly, the Titans choose not to force the issue. So, despite strongly disagreeing, the team begrudgingly respects his new religious beliefs and leaves them alone. However, they still don’t ignore their instincts and experience, and continue to move against Brother Eternity in secret.
- Tom Taylor’s Titans puts a smile on your face.
- You’ve ever respectfully disagreed with someone’s religious beliefs.
- You don’t mind pages of butt naked zealots fighting superheroes in a basement.
I hate to be that guy, but nobody buys Brother Blood’s reform whatsoever. Even in 2D, Tempest’s oversell of disgust and disappointment in the evil church feels off. Let’s be honest, that’s definitely a compliment to Nicola Scott artwork and gesture illustrations. Furthermore, the Titans team feel like they work best when they have something to care about. So far, most of the team’s personalities and missions feel slightly hollow in the writing. None of them feel like individuals. The best portion of the book is how Wally approaches his mortality head first, yet everyone else reacts with disappointment but overall understanding. Overall, the book is moving at a decent pace, looks good, and keeps a sense of fun and much needed mystery.
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