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Titans #5

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

The Titans are going green!

As the team desperately attempts to heal the Borneo rainforest, they reach out to the only avatar that can help… Swamp Thing!

Will the peaceful yet powerful giant be enough to stand up to the forces of evil?

Or will the new and improved Demolition Crew wreck them all?

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24 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Lyles Movie Files

    This title remains enthralling each month and with the ramp up to the first big Titans-focused event, it’s not gonna stop anytime soon.
  • 93

    Major Spoilers

    I had lost track of this book for an issue or two, but Titans #5 was a positive enough reading experience that I went back to read the previous three, and the combination of Scott’s beautiful art and a script that lets the kid sidekicks take another step into adulthood makes it worth your time. If you’ve never thought that Beast Boy could be a bad@$$, this may be one for you.
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    These characters have been aroundand honestly, pretty staticfor a long time, but Taylor seems to be giving them new life with every issue.
  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 86

    Comic Watch

    Issue five of the series sets up a multitude of possibilities for the future of our heroes; from setting up a prologue to the upcoming Beast World event, to expanding their team by one member, and making room for Swamp Thing to appear in the near future. While also setting up a crossover story, it doesn't ignore the main story that the writer, Tom Taylor, has been building up.
  • 85

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Taylor takes the team in an interesting direction in this issue. I like how both sides of the story complement each other. The Nightwing/Flash story has a great level of suspense while the Titans story has a great lighter tone. I enjoyed the ending and look forward to seeing what happens next. The Art: Scott delivers some dynamic art throughout the issue and I continue to love the visual style of the series.
  • 85


    Titans #5 is a great issue that drives story and entertainment together. With the Rainforest and Flash’s Death plot points getting closure, there is one more visit to Brother Blood, and we get another exciting reveal. This situation will be exciting and can lead to some wild fallout in upcoming issues. Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott deliver as always.
  • 85
  • 80

    DC Comics News

    Taylor presents a different approach to how super-heroes interact with their world. It may not be for everyone, but comics have always reflected the world in which they are produced, and this particular aspect suggests something not only different, but pertinent in our own world. It provides a different kind of connection as well as showing that saving the world can have a different meaning.
  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Titans #5, much like a huge part of its plot, felt like planting seeds to grow a lot of future stories. Well drawn, well written well, now I'm ready for "Beast World!
  • 75


    As their inaugural story arc as the premiere heroes of the DC Universe wraps up, ‘Titans’ #5 sends the former team of teen sidekicks towards their next huge adventure. A conclusion that is just as much of a roller coaster as the whole arc, struggling to achieve a smooth landing.
  • 75


    Out of the Shadows is mostly about standing for something as a group outside of the shadow of the Justice League. Instead, the team operates more like the Saturday morning cartoon version of a worldwide superhero team. Although the beginning of the series is underwhelming, their focus on mature, tangible goals for the planet seems promising. Much of what Beast Boy tries to say feels like frustrations felt by activists around the globe. In many ways, Garfield's PSA is noble, even if consistently showing how unstable his emotions have become. None of the villains or plot points are living up to the challenge, but at least the messages are. Lastly, I'm happy Taylor acknowledges and addresses many of the things that I've questioned in previous issues. Even if the book has the tone of High School Musical, Titans has the potential to try something new and maybe heal the world.
  • 70

    Titans #5 shows readers just how well Tom Taylor can balance two storylines at once, with his script here managing to tie both timelines together with ease. Even though the title says this is the end of the first arc, it feels incomplete and unrealized, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The pieces are moved right where they need to be for future storytelling as this title moves forward at a breakneck pace.
  • 30

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Titans #5 is a boring, unfocused waste of a comic. Taylor concludes the big murder mystery of Wally's death in the least interestingly and energetic way possible, the lion's share of the issue is taken up with a nature field trip, and the art hits a new low with possibly the laziest attempt at a Swamp Thing I've ever seen.

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About the Author: Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor (born 29 November 1978) is an Australian comic book writer, playwright and screenwriter. A New York Times bestselling author, his work includes DC Comics series Injustice, DCeased, i, Superman, Suicide Squad and Marvel series All-New Wolverine, X-Men Red, Superior Iron Man and Star Wars comics. Taylor is the co-creator, writer and executive producer of the animated series The Deep, based on his graphic novels of the same name.


Taylor was born in Melbourne, Australia. Taylor has written X-Men: Red, All-New Wolverine and Hunt for Wolverine Adamantium Agenda for Marvel comics, along with Justice League/Power Rangers and Injustice 2 for DC Comics. He has also written Batman/Superman, Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion and Superior Iron Man.

Taylor is the creator, with James Brouwer, of the all-ages adventure graphic novels The Deep: Here Be Dragons and its sequel The Vanishing Island published by Gestalt Publishing and Boom Studios. The Deep was optioned by Technicolor. 52 episodes have screened of the CG animated series, so far, across three seasons, with Taylor serving as co-creator/head writer.

In 2012, The Deep: Here Be Dragons won the Aurealis Award for Best illustrated book/graphic novel, Australia’s premier speculative fiction literary award. The sequel, The Vanishing Island, won the award again in 2014.

Performing and writing for theatre and musicals from the age of fourteen, Tom’s works have been produced across four continents. His plays have won a number of awards and accolades including winning the award for ‘Best Dramatic Writing’ in Short and Sweet – The world’s largest short play festival.

His plays have been produced at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Taylor is well known for his many Star Wars comics and graphic novels for Dark Horse Comics. These include, Star Wars: Blood Ties with artist Chris Scalf, and Star Wars: Invasion, with illustrator Colin Wilson. April 2012 saw the start of Taylor and Scalf’s new Blood Ties series provocatively titled Boba Fett is Dead as reported by CNN. Taylor is also the writer of the Darth Maul: Death Sentence miniseries, which is set immediately after the end of the fourth Clone Wars television series.

Star Wars: Blood Ties won the 2012 ‘Stan Lee Excelsior Award’ as voted for by thousands of school students across the UK.

Taylor wrote the graphic novella, Star Wars Adventures: Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes which shows a never before seen story of Luke Skywalker training with Yoda on Dagobah during The Empire Strikes Back. Taylor also penned Star Wars Adventures: The Will of Darth Vader. Randy Stradley, Dark Horse Vice President, says Tom Taylor has taken to writing comics faster than anyone he’s ever seen.

Taylor also wrote The Authority, published under the Wildstorm imprint, starting with issue #22 in May 2010 until the end of the Wildstorm imprint. He also wrote The Brainiac / Sinestro Corps war storyline in the pages of DC Universe Online: Legends, a Batman story with artist Nicola Scott and Rose and Thorn with artist Neil Googe.

Taylor’s award-winning play The Example has also been adapted into a comic book with illustration by Colin Wilson through Gestalt Publishing.

In October 2021, on National Coming Out Day, Taylor announced that the character Jon Kent, the son of Superman in the comic book series Superman: Son of Kal-El will be bisexual.

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