If you look through the archives on TheBrazenBull.com you’ll notice that I, as well as my fellow reviewers for that matter, haven’t spent all that much time reading/reviewing Titans. This happened because none of us had much of an interest in the series, but now that the Lazarus Contract has piqued my interest enough to give the book a go, I’m regretting my prior decision to stay away from Titans.
“‘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!”
Dan Abnett’s script invites the reader to stay for a while and watch as the events leading up to this arc work themselves out. The pacing, for an issue that serves as the first chapter of a new story arc, is spot-on, and the issue’s ending not only creates a good deal of excitement for readers awaiting Titans #12, but it also leads me to believe that the story is about to take off in an exciting new direction.
As explained in the description provided by DC, Deathstroke is (perhaps rightfully) hellbent on bringing his son back from the dead, and if we readers have learned anything from reading comics, we know that utilizing the Speed Force to stop loved ones from dying, cough Flashpoint cough, is a bad idea.
Brett Booth’s illustrations are sharp, and he does an excellent job incorporating fitting facial expressions onto characters to portray emotion.
If this issue is any sort of indication of how well the rest of the Lazarus Contract arc is going to go, it’s safe to say that we’re in for a ride. Pick this one up.