DC Comic 2021
Written by Tim Sheridan
Illustrated by Steve Lieber
Coloured by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Rob Leigh
Who is RED X? The students of Titans Academy want to know, and they want to know NOW! After the infiltration of the school by the Suicide Squad, three unlikely students launch their own investigation into the mysterious figure’s true identity and motivation. What they find is shocking and surprising, if any of it is actually true!
I always feel like i’m missing either an issue or a segue between issues, something to tie in what we’ve seen to the previous issue. Now I might have missed something but I don’t know much about these kids that populate the Academy and I’ve been intrigued as to who these three are and I like that we're getting a change to finally see them in action. The Bat Pack, I still have no idea who they are and what they can do but I will say i’m more intrigued than ever to learn more about them. Now I realise that this is a large cast of characters so can forgive some stuff but I have no idea what they can individually do or if they are simply inspired by Batman and wish to emulate the man with no superpowers.
I do like the way that this issue is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented extremely well. The character development is interesting and this is thanks to the dialogue, the character interaction and how they act and react to the situations and circumstances that they encounter. The pacing here is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing more and more of the story as well as the twists & turns along the way keeps us guessing.
How we see this being structured and how the layers within the story emerge and grow. The way these three behave and how they interact with their fellow students happens within these layers adding more depth and complexity to the story. This is what’s great about these bits is that whether they work with the main arc or simply swirls around it is really rather impressive to see. How everything works together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is achieved extremely well.
The interiors here are absolutely delightful, and that Panda bear is my favourite touch. The linework is nice and how we see the varying weights being utilised to create the detail work is extremely well rendered. The way that we see backgrounds utilised to enhance the moments as well as how they work within the composition of the panels to bring us depth perception, a sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story is great to see. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a very talented eye for storytelling. The colour work we see is also incredibly well rendered. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work shows a great understanding of colour.
I am hoping that the transition from one book to the next starts to flow better because if not I can understand why folks are disheartened with this book so far. The potential here is amazing and it would be nice to spend more than an issue on any given character or as we see here set of characters and these three need to have another issue or two to keep investigating who Red X really is. There really are a lot of characters at the Tower right now and these choppy single issue focus stories just aren’t going to cut it.