Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

TITANS VILLAINS FOR HIRE by Eric Wallace, Fabrizio Fiorentino, Mike Mayhew, Serio Arino, and Walden Wong

Titans Villains for Hire is a one-shot special that everyone who reads DC comics on a regular basis is going to be talking about sooner or later. I don’t know what the creative team has in mind, but it looks like it’s gonna definitely be different.

Might as well get this over with now: SPOILER ALERT!

If you don’t know anything at all about this issue, don’t read any more of this review.

There. You’ve had your warning.

Deathstroke is one of those characters that has flip-flopped throughout his existence in the comics world. Marv Wolfman and created him for the 1980s Teen Titans series as the most malevolent villain the young team would face. Singlehandedly, Deathstroke fought the Justice League. This is a bad man. Bad as in fully capable of kicking butt and taking names.

For a while, Wolfman turned the character into something of a hero in his own series. Then he became bad again. He also turned out to be Joey’s father, and the Ravager’s dad. I really like Rose, the Ravager, in the Teen Titans.

But I now have a new reason to dislike Deathstroke. He’s gone out of his way to organize four other super villains, one of whom is totally brand new, into some kind of hit squad. I think. That judgment is based on the fact they killed the Atom in this one-shot special.

Ryan Choi, the Atom. Not Ray Palmer. Was there one Atom too many in the DC universe these days? Some fans have even suggested that the death was racially motivated, and flame wars have erupted along the blogs.

I think Choi was an interesting hero and certainly deserved better than he got in this issue. I know DC probably felt like they had to make a strong statement for this team, but since they have recently brought a slew of heroes and villains back to life, it doesn’t make much sense to kill one now. Does that mean that Choi will relive at some point? All this dead, not-dead stuff is beginning to get worrisome. No wonder that in all the Brightest Day Comics the heroes are given a brief bio blurb to introduce them to the readers.

As Choi gets stalked by Deathstroke and his killer crew, were treated to all the back stories of the various villains. Cheshire is the most interesting to me. With the death of her daughter, her estrangement from Roy Harper, and everything that’s going on in Green Arrow’s world, she’s got a lot to deal with.

Choi gets dealt out of the hero world during one long, basically ineffectual fight that serves only to bring the other characters onstage. We get a touching sequence about his girlfriend, then he’s finished off brutally.

I have to admit, I felt pretty empty when I finished this comic. It took a while for me to work up any curiosity about what’s next on Deathstroke’s agenda. There’s definitely some grist for the mill here, but I don’t know if I’m all that interested. Gonna get tiresome if Deathstroke and his crew kill a superhero every five or six issues.

Of course, Deathstroke’s next target appears to be Lex Luthor, which is intriguing. So maybe I’ll have a look.


2 Responses to “TITANS VILLAINS FOR HIRE by Eric Wallace, Fabrizio Fiorentino, Mike Mayhew, Serio Arino, and Walden Wong”

  1. chesire should have scratched to death with her long nails. lololololol

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