In Teen Titans Annual: The Lazarus Contract #1, an epic story comes to an epic end with a bang that will be felt throughout the DC Universe.
The idea of bestowing super-speed—Flash-like super-speed—on a character like Deathstroke is fascinating. Allowing an assassin to tap into the Speed Force is a risky move, but here, throughout the Lazarus Contract, it worked because Deathstroke was pre-occupied—consumed, really—by using his recently acquired abilities to traverse time and prevent his son from dying, which, might I add, is also another risky move in terms of writing. Thus, with all the obvious risk involved in writing this story, I think that the writing team should be applauded for their overall efforts because, in my mind, stitching together a multi-part crossover story like this, with these elements, is like juggling chainsaws.
While I can see why certain readers may not dig the seeds that were planted by this issue’s ending, I think that it’s important to acknowledge the impact that this arc had on all three of the involved series. Sure, I don’t think that the impact was equal for each series, but they were all affected.
Big picture aside, this issue’s script was good, not great, but good enough to get the job done, and the artwork was top-notch. Overall, I was pleased.