The state of the DC Comics Universe has been somewhat in flux since they kicked off DC Rebirth last year as a way to bring back the legacy of the DC characters and streamline the histories of the characters and teams. To celebrate a year of DC Rebirth the company will now be tackling the questions surrounding the history of the Teen Titans/Titans and their long-time foe Deathstroke.
As revealed by Comics Alliance, this May a four part crossover called The Lazarus Contract will finally bring light to Deathstroke’s relationship to the Titans and Teen Titans in this New 52 turned into DC Rebirth version of the long-running universe. The story will cross through issues of Titans, Teen Titans and Deathstroke as well as a Teen Titans annual as Slade Wilson targets the returned Wally West as part of a quest to ressurect his son Grant, the original Ravager.
The regular writers of the books Dan Abnett, Benjamin Percy and Christopher Priest will handle the various parts of the crossover with art from Brett Booth, Khoi Pham, Carlo Pagulayan and Paul Pelletier.
Lazarus Contract is of course a purposeful reference to the famous Judas Contract storyline from Marv Wolfman and George Perez that focused on Deathstroke trying to destroy the Teen Titans from within. It’s possible that bits of that old story might find a way to be re-incorporated into this rebooted universe which at it’s beginning scrubbed all the history of the Titans until DC Rebirth began to bring the characters and team back to prevalence.
The crossover goes through Titans 11, Teen Titans 8, Deathstroke 19 and Teen Titans Annual 01. Check out the covers and solicits for the issues below.
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!
On sale MAY 10 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
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!
On sale MAY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
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!
On sale MAY 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
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!
On sale MAY 31 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T