The Lazarus Contract – A Titans story, teen and otherwise

The Lazarus Contract was a 4-part story involving the Titans, the Teen Titans, and Deathstroke.  Story and scripts by Dan Abnett, Benjamin Percy, and Christopher Priest.  Art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Phil Hester, Khoi Pham, Wade Von Grawbadger, Roberto, Viacava, Carlo Pagulayan, Paul Pelletier, and Andrew Hennessy.

The story starts with a flashback as the Titans are taking on Ravager, Deathstroke’s son Grant.  During the battle, Ravager dies of an apparent heart attack.  Deathstroke carries him off vowing revenge.  There’s a jump to three days ago, where Deathstroke was in the hospital after a cornea transplant, because apparently he had been completely blind, or something.  (Notes say Deathstroke 12-18, I don’t read Deathstroke.)  He tells Wintergreen to get the jet ready to go to New York.

The Titans are fighting a group that looks like H.I.V.E., but isn’t.  They tell Nightwing that that Lazarus says the deal is off, but no one has any idea what that means.  During this, Wally disappears.  Jump to now, the Titans are searching for Wally,  Nightwing continues to deny that he knows any thing about Lazarus or a contract.  Omen is certain that he’s lying to her.  Meanwhile, Wally is stuck on a treadmill, being interrogated by a mystery voice that ends up being Deathstroke.  He tries to learn about Wally’s life in the time stream and in a different life.  Deathstroke says he has a deal for him.  He wants Wally to travel back in time to save his son.  If Wally does this, Deathstroke promises that he will give up being Deathstroke.  Wally declines this, because of time travel stuff, and Deathstroke shows he has a contingency plan.  He shows that he has the New52 Wally West from the Teen Titans.  (For simplicity, he shall be called Wally (TT).)  (more…)


On Ryan Choi

Before looking at the image included, did you have any idea who Ryan Choi was?  I didn’t either, and I have read books that he actually was in.  He was the successor to the identity of the Atom after Ray Palmer vanished at the close of Identity Crisis.  And we was recently killed off in an issue of Titans.  Now, I’d usually throw up a SPOILER warning there, but realistically, since you had no idea who Ryan Choi was, why would you care if he got killed or not?

Apparently, because he’s Asian.

That’s been word floating around the dorkosphere as outrage has been unleashed since Choi was skewered by Deathstroke. I decided to write this when I spotted this quote in an article on Topless Robot:

Ryan Choi is now dead, having died quickly and ignominiously in a Titans: Villians for Hire comic, because — and I’d like to quote Wikipedia, as found by my buddy Sean T. Collins — “he was not white enough for DC Comics.” Whether people are mad because DC killed off yet another non-white character to make room for a white one, that a major non-white character is killed as a minor note in a minor comic, that a Grant Morrison character that was genuinely interesting was murdered in a comic he should have had nothing to do with… I think it’s all of those things.

And I’m here to call BS on that crap.


Is Titans really that big a franchise?

As far as needless title launches go, I had to give it to DC with Titans – an ongoing with the old-school Titans joining together for no particular reason. Not a lot of setup – just a Titans: East teaser and there you have it!

My problem with this book (and why I decided not to add it to my list) was because the book really doesn’t seem to matter. Nightwing is busy in his own book and in the Batman world. A big part of Flash’s story in JLA has been his lack of time for his family (in Flash) and the JLA, let alone the Titans, yet in Justice League America #20 he rededicated himself to the league. Red Arrow also has a prominent role in the JLA where his story focused on his graduating into Green Arrow’s place on the League – not with the Titans anymore. Donna Troy became a watcher of the Monitors with Kyle Rayner and Ray Palmer at the conclusion of Countdown. Beast Boy rejoined the Doom Patrol during the One Year Later gap and even became leader.

So does all that make Titans a book being put out simply to put a book out? Looks that way to me.

So then I come to the end of this week’s Teen Titans #60 and I see that a certain member of the team’s adventures will be continued in Terror Titans #1! The Terror Titans are the small group of young villains who have plagued the Titans recently (not to be mistaken for the villainous Titans: East from a few arcs ago). Do they really need their own six issue mini? Does the only Titan going over have enough star power to carry the book? Seems the overwhelming Titans editor thinks so. What’s his name here? Ah…a Dan DiDio. Ever heard of him?

This is getting ridiculous. I’m going to be sticking with Teen Titans, thanks. Adult Titans and villain Titans don’t particularly interest me. They’re missing the point here.