Titan one shot

Posted: 13/06/2012 in Review/Preview
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I was sent this comic a couple of weeks ago, after being contacted by Gary Seaward and also Glen Ludlow about their creation, and a possible review. Of course I said yes and they sent me the PDF. I then go on chatting with the guys and realise that this is not only a u.k creation but also published here in England too. I want to share this book with everyone, and hope that you contact them about getting a copy, because I want a print.
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Titan begins with a narration from an anonymous character, telling of the greatest superhero of our country, and how he was bigger than the Beatles and before the Ali vs Cooper boxing match, everyone only came to see Titan, even the boxers. That is until we learn of the terrible things that Titan did, when involved in a government plot.
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The narration of Titans story then brings us to Lonsdale island, and what is from what I can gather some sort of camp, where people with powers are put. They are referred to officially as enhanced war veterans, given enhanced capabilities to help win the war. When the war was over, the British government no longer wanted these people out in the community with civilians, so Lonsdale island was designated as a temporary residence for the people. So they were moved there and nothing happens for 20 years. The story continues with a documentary style of filming where Titan is the star and he is on the island to help ease tensions between the enhanced people and the soldiers given the task of removing them, which after 20 years, the people are not happy about being removed from the lives they have built.
Titan also is the muscle the soldiers use if the residents refuse to leave, which of course the camera gets turned off at them points. When it’s turned back on, we see the person being put in the back of a truck in handcuffs, a little roughed up perhaps.

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Titan then goes about his business, showing the documentary crew around the island, playing the good guy roll, but being shunned by the residents of the island.
We then come to another person being forced from his home by the soldiers and captain Reynolds, the guy in charge of evicting the transapians from their homes, when Titan is required to step in. He tries to de-escalate the situation, only to find that it’s too far gone and the man goes on a rampage, and suffers the fatal consequences. At which point the mans son, Michael comes out, justifiably angry, and reaches for Titans gun, which brings Titan into action to save Michael from the shower of bullets the soldiers lay down, also while the camera still rolls.

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Only Titan doesn’t realise what he has done, and the army bring down Our hero in a way that no man can recover, through the news and media, saying he has turned on the soldiers on the island, and has killed some. This obviously brings rumours to the surface, and Titan has an immediate fall from the good graces of the people, and is labeled a traitor.
This is where we cut back to the island, and Titan as he wakes up, in the home of the man he saved, and his son, but the tension of being forced to move still hasn’t lifted, and he wants our hero to leave. Only Titan has a plan to not only clear his name, but also to prove Michael’s father that died, was murdered.

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Titan and Michael put their plan into action, while leaving Michael’s son Roger in the car, out of harms way. They make their way into the secure facility, and only then does mayhem break out, and the plan becomes a battle, and the story takes a couple of huge twists and turns which brings us to an office, in the present day. Where we discover the narrator of Titans story, as the story takes another twist to the ending, that until you read, I ain’t telling you.

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This comic has really shocked me, the writer/co-creator Glen Ludlow has written a story that, although spanning many decades, and even include a couple of cameos, makes you want to carry on reading. It really makes you feel for the character of Titan, and the ordeal he goes through, and then the involvement of the other 2 main focuses of the story, Michael and Roger, and brings the story through the ages, making you want to know what happens next. The art by Gary Seaward is so good, and going to the different times throughout the last century, and the different contexts of the story, during the documentary filming, and bringing it to the present day, and all the times in between really shows that Gary has a great talent to adapt to the awesome writing from Glen. The two have created a story that would make me very happy to have Titan in my collection(Hint,Hint) and together they make a great team, and I for one can’t wait to see where the next project goes to. The book is also published by a uk publisher called Orbital Velocity.

Personal note: Gary and Glen, I very much enjoyed this glimpse inside the story of Titan, and I appreciate the chance to share this creation with the world, I only hope I can create interest. Thank you guys for letting me see this book

You can follow both Glen Ludlow and Gary Seaward on twitter, just click on the links throughout, if it’s highlighted, click it.

Please everyone let me know your thoughts and leave comments, and follow me on Twitter

Jason

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