The Lazarus Contract continues its story in Teen Titans #8. After the suspenseful ending to The Lazarus Contract we saw that both Wally West from the Teen Titans and Wally West from the Titans had been kidnapped by Deathstroke to use their speed force to rewrite history, going back in time to prevent his son Grant The Ravager from dying.
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Khoi Pham
Publisher: DC Comics
This issue follows mostly Wally West and Deathstroke, which you would think would be a problem considering that this is a crossover featuring two large teams, but it actually helps further the story. Wally West, the Kid Flash has huge trust issues especially after the people he thought were closest to him had been lying to him the entire time. The way this issue tells the story of the meeting of Kid Flash and Deathstroke is so emotional because you genuinely feel sorry for these characters in a big way. One lost his father and the other lost his son. Kid Flash plays a crucial part in this issue and using characteristics developed from The Flash comics to impact the Lazarus Contract was a true stroke of genius.
What’s great about the Lazarus Contract is that you don’t have your stereotypical villainous storyline of “I’m going to take over the world.” Deathstroke has a simple task: he ultimately wants to go back to fix something that means the world to him and he offers something in exchange for the help of both Kid Flash and Flash. This isn’t your typical Deathstroke story you’re used to reading. Every line he delivers is straightforward and moving in such a way you can’t help but think what you would do in this situation. The Lazarus Contract is about a father who wants to go back to save his son and will stop at nothing to bring him back.
So much wonderful writing by Benjamin Percy, who delivers each piece of dialogue perfectly. There’s no line that is said in this issue that feels like nonsense filler to take up space. The writing is breathtaking in more ways than you think. Khoi Pham’s art meshed well together with the writing, showing every piece of emotion which is probably the most important part of this story. Some characters don’t have as much time on the page as others do, but every person in this issue has their moment to shine and stand out. Even though there is main focus on only a few characters it doesn’t take away at all from being such a huge crossover event or take away from the story in the slightest.
This is a very fun and feel good issue with a good amount of suspense and heart. This issue reminds the readers that it’s not all just about the usual routine of hero and villain fights. It has a character that almost every person who reads this can relate to, whether it be the hero Kid Flash or the villain Deathstroke.