No family is perfect, but count yourself lucky that you don’t have comic book relatives sharing your bloodline. More drama than an entire year’s worth of The Bold and the Beautiful, comic book families never ever happy endings. Just look at one Slade Wilson, as that iconic mercenary has lost not one but several children to the Teen Titans over the years. But the loss that hurt the most? The death of his son Grant Wilson, the Ravager.
It’s a bit of a long tale, but the gist of it was that Ravager was hired by local eeeevil super-organisation The HIVE to assassinate the Teen Titans. He cocked up and died, with his father Deathstroke attempted to finish the job that he had started in the landmark Judas Contract storyline. A favourite amongst fans, the Judas Contract is a tale built on action, lies and betrayal. It’s also getting adapted somewhat loosely for the small screen as the next DC Comics animated film, which makes for perfect timing for a new series featuring Deathstroke taking on the Teen Titans once more. Convenient.
Called “The Lazarus Contract”, Deathstroke takes on the Titans once again in an effort to resurrect his long-lost son using a connection to Pre-New 52 Wally West who also happens to be back from the edge of oblivion. Here’s a quartet of synopsis (synopsi/synopseseseses dammit I don’t know) from Comics Alliance describing the four-part crossover series:
Written by DAN ABNETT, BENJAMIN PERCY and CHRISTOPHER PRIEST—Art by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND—Cover by MIKE McKONE—Variant cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
“THE LAZARUS CONTRACT” part one! When Deathstroke discovers that Wally West’s return holds the key to bringing his son back from the dead, he’ll stop at nothing to do just that! Don’t miss the debut chapter of the epic crossover event that you’ve been waiting for!
TEEN TITANS #8
Written by DAN ABNETT, BENJAMIN PERCY and CHRISTOPHER PRIEST—Art by KHOI PHAM and WADE VON GRAWBADGER—Cover by MIKE McKONE—Variant cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
“THE LAZARUS CONTRACT” part two! The Teen Titans collide with the Titans after both groups are targeted by the World’s Deadliest Assassin—Deathstroke! But when Robin interrogates Nightwing about his history with Deathstroke, dark secrets are revealed and alliances are broken!
Written by DAN ABNETT, BENJAMIN PERCY and CHRISTOPHER PRIEST—Art by CARLO PAGULAYAN and JASON PAZ—Cover by MIKE McKONE—Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL
“THE LAZARUS CONTRACT” part three! Will Slade succeed in reuniting with his son even at the risk of cataclysmic disaster? Or will the Titans and the Teen Titans be fast enough to stop him from changing the world as we know it? Find out what happens when the World’s Deadliest Assassin becomes the Fastest Man Alive!
TEEN TITANS ANNUAL: THE LAZARUS CONTRACT #1
Written by DAN ABNETT, BENJAMIN PERCY and CHRISTOPHER PRIEST—Art by PAUL PELLETIER—Cover by MIKE McKONE
“THE LAZARUS CONTRACT” finale! The conclusion to our epic crossover is here, the consequences of which will be felt for years to come! What does the future hold for the Titans teams after this game-changing run-in with their greatest enemy? Find out here as we set the stage for the next era of Titans, Teen Titans and Deathstroke!
Man, 2017 is going to be a good year for any one-eyed assassins with a grudge against adolescent super-groups.