Daughter of Titan #1 is the story about Alena Amar, a young French Algerian woman living in America. After being attacked one night, Alena discovers she has super strength and eventually other powers as well.
The idea for Daughter of Titan, was to create a superhero comic with one defining feature; a realistic female protagonist. Unfortunately, the realistic part falls short in other ways, even if you discount the superhero part. Apart from the odd expletive at using a super power, the reactions just don't feel natural. They started off okay, with her friend saying that maybe she thinks she did something but is actually in shock. Fair enough. But when said friend is saved and there's no possible explanation other than your best friend does in fact have super powers, the realism fails as there's no complete freak out or wanting to do tests as a lady of science. Instead it's just, well I have a suit you could use and is almost like pure acceptance of the powers. Moving straight onto a week ahead after Alena discovers she does actually have super strength probably doesn't help as it skips over all feelings and wonder over having this power and straight to acceptance by the comics heroine. Granted, there's only so much you can fit into a six-part miniseries, but it's still an odd time skip considering she's just discovered something amazing.
Unfortunately the problems don't stop there. Usually bad grammar can be forgiven, since a people can tend to ignore the basics of English when talking to friends. However, a conversation between two people who are meant to be very smart surely wouldn't make a mistake like saying "because thought I had went mad that's why" and "Maybe, or maybe I've went mad too". Went instead of gone. Or was it meant to be "I went mad", missing out the "had" and "I went mad", missing out the contracted form of "I have"? I hate that this even needs to be mentioned, but it's one that just left me dumbfounded as to how it's written like this and the two panels had to be read twice to make sure I actually read them right.
Sadly the ending fell flat and instead of leading into the next comic with wonder, you're left with the feeling of "is that it?", because it just abruptly ends and you don't know anything. You don't even get to see Alena in her new hero suit of armour that she was shown, or find out that she's meant to be a direct descendant of America's last true superhero, who happened to be called Titan. Maybe the title is all that we get for describing this to readers? You want to feel like you've read an issue and are ready for the next instalment, but that's not the feeling you're left with.
The positive is the art, which was well done. It's a style that will probably never get old in the comic industry and really was the shinning light for the comic. Story wise, showing Alena with her parents for a bit and their worries for her was interesting and the highlight of the story and her attack was nicely done. Those few pages show that the writing talent is there, it's just a shame that it only shined through for these pages.
It's difficult to recommend the story based of this issue. It came across as poorly paced and leaving you with questions that you shouldn't need to be asking, and when you finish and your first question is "is that it?", as it feels like you've only read half a comic book, it's not a good start. The premise is good though and might have been better as a graphic novel where the story isn't split up and you're not left questioning why it feels like you've not read a whole issue.
We can only hope that issue #2 can deliver where issue #1 failed. It has a lot to do. Unfortunately, the only rating we can give Daughter of Titan, is a 2 out of 5.
As an aside, it's disappointing that the story is set in America, given that the comic is written in the UK. Would have been nice to see a UK hero, but this is something that is easily looked past since most heroes in comics are from the US.