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Titans: Beast World - Waller Rising #1

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Based on 7 critic ratings.

The Kingdom, a mystical and metaphysical realm, sits at the nexus of the Parliaments.

A formidable new adversary, Dr. Hate, emerges with intentions to corrupt both the Kingdom and the Parliament of the Red in the pursuit of chaos.

Batwing, Vixen, Val-Zod Superman, and Black Manta are thrust together in a desperate fight for survival.

They must learn to cooperate to thwart Dr. Hate’s destructive plans before The Wicked Entity can devastate this unique plane, which represents a collective consciousness.

This consciousness unifies the Red, Green, Rot, Clear, Melt, Metal, and Grey into a harmonious realm of peace.

In their struggle against Dr. Hate, these heroes and villains also face the task of unraveling how Amanda Waller’s rise is entwined with the ongoing crisis.

The saga features guest appearances from Nubia, Dr. Mist, Red Tornado, Dead Eye, and more!

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44 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 85

    Geek Dad

    Overall, it gives us a few more intriguing details about the overarching plot, but what it sets up for its many leads is more intriguing for the DCU’s future.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    Titans: Beast War – Waller Rising #1 is a remarkable and unexpected experience. With how vibrant and unbelievable the art is, it could be effortless to just spend an afternoon gazing at these pages. But that would be a disservice to the writing as well, which has astonishing amounts of layers and depth to it. It’s a huge book with a plot that expands from a singular objective to a sprawling and enthralling piece of entertainment, with so many fantastic characters coming in to enrich the story. Titans: Beast War – Waller Rising #1 is a comic that really could have flourished regardless of the vent, but the crossover granted the one shot with the seeds to grow from.

  • 76

    Multiversity Comics

    A truly unique work, “Titans Beast World Waller Rising” #1 is not an essential piece of ‘Beast World,’ but should be integral to the future of the DC Universe as a whole.

  • 75

    Lyles Movie Files

    Brown’s payoff for this special is very exciting, but the art holds it back. Had a Clayton Henry or Jamal Campbell handled the art this could have been the must-read book of the week.

  • 68

    Comic Watch

    There’s a variety of exciting books coming out for the Beast World story but Waller Rising isn’t one of them. Besides a few developing plot moments that will carry the story forward, the comic isn’t as memorable in terms of actions and villains.

  • 65

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 20

    Titans: Beast World – Waller Rising is, simply put, a mess. In the course of 40 pages it attempts to compress an introduction to DC Comics’ seasonal event “Beast World,” ongoing conspiracies surrounding Amanda Waller, and presentation of The Kingdom into a single story that also entails Doctor Hate and Black Manta’s own misdeeds. Even in a 6-issue miniseries this might prove to be too many locations, plot devices, and characters, but in a one-shot it proves impossible to distinguish a coherent thread from the resulting chaos. Combine all of that with an art style that is often ambiguous at best and the incoherent storytelling that follows is difficult to follow much less enjoy. Many sequences struggle to distinguish exactly which characters are being portrayed and changes in circumstance between panels result in additional unanswered questions. As a result dialogue is often tasked with distilling the story into quick expository captions with little relation to the speaker (and removing distinct voices altogether). This is what happens when you attempt to compress ten issues of story into a roughly two-issue package and, when combined with a less-than-competent artistic portrayal, it results in a mess that is functionally unreadable.

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