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Titans #1 - The Return of Wally West Part One: Run For Your Life

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With the return of Wally West, what does this mean for the Titans?

If you've been enjoying the direction of the recent Rebirth issues, Titans is a series you definitely should be reading. Wally West has been the guiding force in bringing back the core essence that's been missing in several characters. After having encountered his former teammates in the Titans: Rebirth issue, the big question is: What's next for them?

For new readers, there is some recap on the first few pages. If you're not quite up to speed, no pun intended, on who Wally West was before the New 52 changed the characters, you get a good idea.

Seeing Wally and his natural enthusiasm again is refreshing. The fact that he was the only one that really knew something. Despite this, getting the answers they need will take some effort. As we see the process unfold, we're treated to some great interactions between the characters that truly remind us why we cared so much about them in the past. While this happens, we do get to see a villain that's surprisingly has been missing the last few years.

As great as it is to see these characters in this light once again, it does feel a little weird compared to what we've been seeing. The enjoyment of seeing the characters like this overtakes the urge to try to think how or when these characters changed. There's a deep feeling of nostalgia mixed with the modern DC Universe feeling.

Titans is an absolute breath of fresh air in the DC Universe. Dan Abnett has brought back the essence of these characters. Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse are keeping pace with energy being generated by delivering on the visuals that capture the vibe of the book. This is a book anyone can jump into, even if you haven't been reading DC books the past few years. If you're invested in Rebirth and the mystery of how and why everything happened, this is a series to keep an eye on. With the return of a missing villain and the declaration made, there appears to be some crazy and exciting things headed our way.

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I really enjoyed this.

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Is Wally still calling himself the Flash or is he getting a new name?

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@king_nomarch: Still Flash. Its probably gonna be like that for a bit.

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Really loved this issue. Honestly, the only thing I don't like about this series is the monthly schedule, can't wait for the next issue!

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I feel like this needs another artist on this,

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Really interested in seeing where this is going, very strong first issue. Booth draws a damn fine Nightwing, and of course, draws Wally like it's no one's business.

Titans was not on my radar at all before I saw the previews. Looks like I got a new monthly.

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Awesome read ! I prefer books to come out monthly , quality and art will most likely remain sharp,hopefully

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Can't wait to read it.

Can't wait for Teen Titans too...

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Wait, did they just say Abra Kadabra was the big bad and cause for New 52?

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@godkingthor: he's at least part of the reason Wally was removed but I don't think he is responsible for the whole 10 years stolen thing. They greatly hinted that it is Dr. Manhattan and i doubt Abra would willingly turn himself into a fat loser kids party magician for no reason; probably was done to him.

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Great issue in both writing and art. Yes, it featured several recap pages but they were necessary for someone who didn't read the DCU Rebirth special. Like mentioned above, it's a bummer to have to wait a month for next issue but it's definitely worth it.

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Really enjoying this!! Though kinda bummed Wally doesn't remember his kids :(

Loved the callback to Mark Waid's run, Instead of the man who made Linda Park disappear he's the man who made Wally West disappear!

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@ultimatesmfan: Maybe once he reconnects with Linda they will remember their children.

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Really enjoying this!! Though kinda bummed Wally doesn't remember his kids :(

Loved the callback to Mark Waid's run, Instead of the man who made Linda Park disappear he's the man who made Wally West disappear!

Look on it from another angle: he doesn't remember neither that Garth and Lilith were dead in previous timeline or that Donna and Roy both had a children who were murdered.

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Anyone else catch the girl taking a selfie on the moon?

Lots of fun in this comic.

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Considering his involvement with what happen in relation to the missing years, you'd think this comic would be more at the forefront.

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Wow, this issue could have been plucked right from the late 90's. The art and the writing were just not very good, and I love the Titans. Surprised by so many people digging it, this reminded me of the first issue of the New Thunderbolts.

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I think it's great. Another keeper on the DC Rebirth.

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@josai34 said:

Anyone else catch the girl taking a selfie on the moon?

Lots of fun in this comic.

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Awesome read ! I prefer books to come out monthly , quality and art will most likely remain sharp,hopefully

same here - I've put Detective and Superman from 'definite' to 'possible' on my list because their twice-a-month schedule means the art has gone downhill already

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@koujimoreno: True, I mean this is the main story arc for "rebirth"