January 11, 2022
If you’ve seen any mention of We Ride Titans #1, or based on the title itself, you might have assumed that you’re going to have big ol’ mechs fighting kaiju. If you did think that, you’d be right because you get giant mechs called Titans fighting kaiju in a pristine futuristic city. What you probably didn’t know is that that’s merely the backdrop for a much richer story about family, legacy, and the responsibility and obligation those words carry. Written by Tres Dean, art by Sebastian Piriz, colors by Dee Cunniffe, and letters by Jim Campbell, We Ride Titans centersaround the Hobbs family and their Titan, the Defender Nexus, that protects the city of New Hyperion. When current pilot Dej Hobbs’ drinking leads to problems defending the city, the family calls on his sister Kit to help out, who is less than thrilled with the impromptu family reunion….
If I hadn’t known Tres Dean was the writer of For Your Consideration: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, I would’ve wondered about the character design inspiration for family patriarch Dwayne Hobbs. Speaking of Dwayne Johnson’s Fast and Furiouscharacter, I was reminded of the major themes of that franchise of family, loyalty, and forgiveness when reading this first issue. Comic reviews will often compare a first issue to other, more familiar comics or movies to let readers know what to expect. I don’t know how helpful that is, but if you wanted a comic that felt like a mash-up of Pacific Rim and The Fast and the Furious (or at least Fast Five) with a bit of the blue-collar, grungy sci-fi style of Alien, then have I got a comic for you!