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by Bruce Bachand

Written by Devin K. Grayson and Phil Jimenez; art by
Jimenez and Andy Lanning; cover by Jimenez

JLA\Titans #3

After a raving review for issues #1 and #2 last month's JLA: CASEBOOK, I have to be honest and say that I was a bit disappointed with the conclusion in issue #3. Not really, really disappointed, but mildly disappointed. The pace is the first two issues was fully compelling. Great tension built from scene to scene and snappy dialogue set (perhaps) too high a standard (perhaps) for Devin Grayson and Phil Jimenez to match for the third issue. Regardless, this is still a very good read.

This is still one of the best DC series that have come out in the past 12 months, in my humble opinion. The opening page of this issue (#3) is powerful: we have Superman, the three Marvel (Cap, Cap Jr., and Mary), Power Woman, J'onn J'onzz, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern (and others) storming the area that has been the catalyst for the global catastrophes on Earth. The scene literally grips your mind with the severity of the situation at hand. This "power team" should be able to meet the demands of any crisis it faces! Meanwhile, the original Titans have set off on their own mission to save a past friend from what could be annihilation.

The action sequences are written intelligently and are full of tactical strategy. Thought has gone into this story at every point, virtually. Grayson and Jimenez once again have a most capable grasp of the massive cast within the scope of their epic. The core group of Titans fit together like a worn glove. The only part that seemed sappy to me was when it seemed that their chances of survival had extinguished. . They felt it necessary to start blathering on in monologues that seemed far too tame (and unlikely) in light of the threat of near-certain death. People would be crapping their shorts, not talking like self-help devotees who are narcissistically pre-occupied. This is but a small point of contention in light of the story as a whole.

JLA\Titans 1999 poster

The art, again, was impeccable and truly inspiring. Drawing vast groups of people is always an extra difficult challenge. Fortunately, the drawing and inking in this book is as vivid, rich, and vast in scope as that of the first two issues. Many have noticed the similarity in style of Jimenez and (former Titans artist, current Avengers artists) George Perez. The main signature resemblence of thees two is the attention that they pay to details. And to a diehard fan like myself, that is half of a great comic book; the other half being great writing.

We knew with all the hype leading up to this series that the original Titans was reforming. As I see it, if the stories are strong and the art is exempleary, it matters little to me which group of people are chosen as the curent roster. But, having said that fairly in a fairly clinical amnner, it really is good to see Dick, Donna, Wally, Roy, Wally, Garth and the others together after all these years!

There is no use prattling on. We have the JLA and the Titans together in a tremendous DC epic that puts to shame all the past summers' annuals. Thank goodness! Go and pick up these issues for yourself if you fit into one of two categories; one, an "old" Titans fan from the early 80's; or two, a curious "newbie" who is looking for a review that strongly encourages you to but all three issues. This is such a review! Call your comic store and see if they can put these issues aside for you in your box NOW! You will thank me for it.

Take care and I'll see you next month with another column of JSA:CASEBOOK.

All characters are ™ DC Comics
All scanned artwork is ™ DC Comics.
This article is © 1999 by Bruce Bachand.