COMIC REVIEW: Titan One Shot

Titan by Glen Ludlow and Gary Seaward follows the namesake superhero who is helping society depower the powered after the Second World War. Think District 9 meets capes.  This gives the superhero concept another edge that other books do not have. It is an interesting take.

From page one we are made to believe that one of the characters has a shameful past. The book uses ingenious touches to reveal the character’s backstory. From interweaving Titan into real life occurrences to giving the reader top secret documents on matters we should not know about. What is particularly nice is the way that the creative team have thought to explain how superpowers could have come about. Not just by explaining the experiment but what body part it may have changed and how society dealt with them.

The change in colour is slightly jarring. We go from the first couple of pages being in full colour to black and white and then finally back into colour nearer the end of the comic. I got the impression this was to show the old film reel that would have likely been in black and white at the time as well as the fact that this is all in the past. It is a cool idea but unfortunately it takes a couple of pages for the reader to realise this. If the creators had put a panel in colour to start with on the new page showing them playing around with the camera and then moving into black and white this would be much more effective. Yes the first panel shows Titan talking to the camera, making sure it’s on etc but this is in black and white and as this is a new page after what can only be described as a Watchmen like (a page of prose that links into the story) page, it doesn’t completely connect with the reader. It is a daring and cool idea once the reader understands but it would help for the reader to get it straight away.

The Watchmen like pages are something I have always been a big fan of. It helps to totally immerse yourself into the universe and this is one of Titan’s biggest strengths. When it comes to a first time comic this is crucial in order to get the reader back for more. The creative team have done that: with an interesting story and clever techniques.

The book moves at a nice snappy pace. For the most part the words are married well with the pictures. The art is nice and pops off the page.

Yes some are jarring but the quirkiness of this book makes it stand out. Overall this is a story that I am very keen to see where it goes next and therefore they have done their job. Ludlow and Seaward have produced a very professional looking book, with a clever concept taking bold steps to illustrate their storytelling. Definitely worth checking out. I will be sticking around to see what happens next!

GS Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

GS Reporter: Luke Halsall

One comment

  1. Thanks for the review. Really appreciate it! Made a lot of good points, I’m a fan of the Watchmen/Prose pages in this as well! the colour thing is really just a print price issue, even 1 panel on one page would mean paying for 4 more colour pages 🙁
    It’s on sale now in Red Sun comics, Chelmsford & online soon! Gary

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