Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Titans #11

Writers: Priest, Benjamin Percy, & Dan Abnett
Pencils: Brett Booth
Inks: Norm Rapmund
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse & Carrie Strachan


Will one of Batman's greatest foes be bested by the almost-adults, who call themselves The TITANS! Deathstroke has had a drama loaded run so far, so what has him seeping into the Titan's life. One can only assume he's up to no good...

***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***


The Contract


Deathstroke’s son and daughter are in the hospital, and his favored son, Grant has been dead for years. In a desperate attempt to right his family once again, Deathstroke kidnaps Wally West. He asks Wally to go back in time to save his son. Even promising to stop being Deathstroke, but it doesn’t persuade Wally to change his mind. Time is a fickle thing, and we all know that changing events in the past, leads to disaster. No matter, Deathstroke has a contingency plan…he’ll use the other Wally West!

Cross-Overs


Cross-overs must be a tricky task to accomplish; just with there being so many writers and pre-existing stories to work around, and having such a large cast. I was really concerned when the first couple moments in this story were laid out like a Deathstroke book. Where there’s a “5 years ago,” “now,” “five minutes ago,” again, I see how we needed those to understand the situation moving forward. But, it makes the story feel jagged, and put it off to a rough start. Luckily, some of the best talent is on this book and quickly brought the reader back into their world. The art was fantastic. There were subtleties on characters’ faces that really drove what the tone was in that frame. I was a big fan.



Teamwork Guys!


It seems as though the Titans are still trying to find their grove as a team. It doesn't help that Nightwing is obviously hiding something. Yeah, how about we don't lie to the mind-reader, Dick! I actually like to see them stumbling a bit, especially when they didn't even notice Wally went missing. Their powers are pretty much carbon copied from their predecessors, so it's important to make them individually different, and have a different dynamic as a team as well.



Sum it Up! 


This was the first book in the Lazarus Contract, so I feel like the writers wanted us to have a lot of information. There were scenes that would have been more impactful, if less was going on. There was also a lot of build up for this arc, so expectation may have been over the top for the first issue of it. It was still a fun read and I am very excited to continue with the next story in Teen Titans. Some of the most talented artists and writers and coming together for this arc, and once a better flow gets establish, this will be one for the books.

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Ariel DuPey | NCR 











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