Titans: The Return Of Wally West - can I just stop right here and say how friggin awesome it is to read the words “I’m Wally West, The Fastest Man Alive” again?
This trade collects Rebirth and #1-6 of the new series, by Dan Abnett and Brett Booth; telling the story of Wally reconnecting with his Titans, following on from his return in DC: Rebirth. It makes some tenuous references to the whole Watchmen deal, but don’t come here looking for another piece of that particular puzzle.
It does provide an explanation for Wally’s disappearance, that’s mostly self contained. It picks up after the events of the Titans Hunt mini (by the same author), but feels strangely disconnected from that - in the mini the Titans gave up their memories to stop the big bad, Mr Twister; in the Rebirthed series they claim someone stole those memories.
Artistically, Booth’s work is … Well, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it, actually. As an old skool Wildstorm fan, I’ve always liked his stuff, even when I know it’s not technically very good. On the surface his art is glamorous and energetic; beneath that there is some dodgy anatomy and unnecessarily distracting storytelling. He’s definitely a product of his time, with all that that entails.
Overall, as a 1990’s DC fanboy, this was a brilliant, and occasionally emotional, read. It’s so, so good to have Wally back. Now, if we can just get him and Kyle back together somehow … Maybe in an adventure, involving a young monk, with rad martial art skills and a penchant for using a bow & arrow … Well, I can dream, can’t I?