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Titans: Beast World #5 (of 6)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 15 critic ratings.

Waller versus the world! After the shocking events of the last issue, the world stands divided: half with the Titans and half with the woman whose vicious methods have saved them for now. All this and more as Dr. Hate returns to revel in and spread their own unique brand of chaos!

Publication Date
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Print Length
26 pages
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15 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Titans: Beast World #5 mourns and moves forward. In the wake of a tragedy, there are those who seek to take advantage. The turn in direction away from the beasts and straight for Waller continues to give the book the energy that it has never lost for a second. It’s never tried to be expansive as an event, and there have been times when that has felt restrictive, but it has made the whole storyline intensely personal. Every member of the Titans has shone, with individual issues magnifying all of them in due course. And the death of the member with the most heart has been absolutely devastating.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    My one hesitation about this series—and this has been brewing for a while—is that it really takes Waller and Peacemaker both past the point of no return. These two are monstrous villains, with Doctor Hate pursuing their own agenda, of course. And we do get a reveal about the mystery masked chaos-bearer this issue. I can safely say I never even considered this possibility, so kudos to Taylor for completely surprising me.

  • 90


    While this issue has a lot of intensity which separates it from the prior issues, a lot of this story’s strength is built off the strong storytelling from the event thus far. Each issue has its own unique twists and turns which find a way to both build off the last issue while having a higher payoff than its predecessor. Sometimes a story can have too many cliffhangers, but each of these serves an imperative role and hits the sweet spot between being engaging and memorable. Altogether, Titans: Beast World #5 is another great issue in an exciting event.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Titans: Beast World #5 is the spark that has lit the fuse to the explosive finale of this monstrous story! Shocks, horrors, and Waller. How will it all end?!

  • 85

    Nerd Initiative

    The reveal of Amanda Waller’s plans drives home the sense of danger surrounding “Beast World”. With Taylor’s unapologetic approach to Waller’s vision leading the way, readers will get caught up in the creative team’s positioning of key players with their strong artwork. With the fate of the DCU now in the crossfire, readers can’t afford to miss this story.

  • 85

    Caped Joel

  • 80

    The penultimate issue of DC’s latest universe-spanning crossover sees Amanda Waller attempting to take drastic measures to save the world. While the issue is strong, there are two big caveats that I would be remiss if I didn’t touch upon here. First, Titans: Beast World #5 once again suffers from the decision to split artistic duties between Ivan Reis and Eduardo Pansica. Now, this isn’t a knock against Pansica by any stretch of the imagination, but when it comes to a giant mini-series that is paving the way for a universe’s upcoming “status quo”, sticking with one penciler is the best way to go. The final reveal of Dr. Hate’s true identity might be hit or miss for many readers. Ultimately, while this issue might feel like one of the weaker of the series so far, it still makes for a fascinating read that is able to focus on the strengths of this Titans-focused crossover.

  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    Titans: Beast World #5 does a great job acting as the penultimate chapter of the DC Universe’ latest big event. Amanda Waller’s anti-superhero agenda is shown in full force. She forced the Titans into a corner where they were left in a no-win scenario. It led to a great surprise reveal that elevated Raven to be front-and-center for the finale of this event.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    The issue is solid as the Beast World story is looking to wrap up loose ends, and by the looks of it, all of them too.

  • 80

    Superman Homepage

    Thus far this has been the only weak chapter of the series. I don’t feel invested in Waller as a villain, I have not particularly enjoyed her as a character since the start of the New 52. The twist of finding out that Doctor Hate was linked to Raven did not hit for a me. I had no idea why Raven kept looking at her forehead gem, or rubbing it in her hand. I will have to go into her backstory a little more in order experience the full impact of the reveal. That is an inherent weakness in the plot point though. Events are created as tent pole stories for their respective universe, but too often the new readers who are being asked to invest in the story do not have the universe knowledge to feel the full impact of the story. A major event needs to have all of the major emotional beats, self-contained to the story. This issue suffers because the major twist went right over my head.

  • 80

    Lyles Movie Files

    There’s a late reveal this issue that doesn’t quite land with the biggest impact, but Taylor has earned the benefit of the doubt to have the ability to stick the landing.

  • 78

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Titans: Beast World #5 maximizes the penultimate issue in this crossover with escalated stakes, big emotional beats. plenty of action, and fantastic art. Whoever kicked Tom Taylor in the pants to craft this story should continue kicking because this is the most enjoyable superhero comic from Taylor in years. That said, plot holes abound, so don’t think too hard about the story or it falls apart.

  • 70


    In conclusion, Beast World is capable of much more than it’s going to give. Frustratingly, the lead characters have spent most of this event playing defense or the backseat. Worse of all, Waller’s actions and the Dr. Hate reveal continuously makes them look incompetent. On a positive note, this story has gripping ideas and decent artwork. Frankly, the ethical conversations and wild concepts around the heroes role in society are carrying the book. Yet, various details unravel the good will Taylor earns with this humiliating direction. Still, as the penultimate chapter, Beast World #5 accomplishes this necessary phase of the magic trick. I truly hope it finds a good place to land, despite the embarrassing cliffhanger.

  • 70


    A messy super-speed event gets even messier as the true villains reveal themselves in ‘Titans: Beast World’ #5. Add this one to a growing pile of just ‘fine’ comics, hitting most of it’s marks while leaving a lot to be desired.

  • 70

    Fortress of Solitude

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