By Bryan Martin
Over the past two days, DC Comics has made some exciting announcements for fans of the Rebirth storylines. The first, which was reported by Comics Alliance, is the upcoming Teen Titans four-part crossover event, “The Lazarus Contract”. The title harkens back to the classic Teen Titans story “The Judas Contract”, which will be released as an animated feature later this year. The story will start in May with Titans #11, continue in Teen Titans #18 and Deathstroke #19. We'll get the conclusion in Teen Titans Annual: The Lazarus Contract #1.
The event, which will be written by Dan Abnett, Benjamin Percy, and Christopher Priest, with artwork from Brett Booth, Khoi Pham, Carlo Pagulayan and Paul Pelletier, will focus on the origins of the two current teams of Titans (one being led by Deathstroke and the other by Nightwing).
DC’s Rebirth has raised a lot of questions regarding timelines and what exactly Dr. Manhattan is up to, and this event is staged to help provide some answers.
The second bit of news is that Bane will be getting a his own series from the character's original co-creators, writer Chuck Dixon and artist Graham Nolan. CBR broke the news of this series, “Bane: Conquest”, which is also set to be released in May. The official description from DC Comics states that Bane will be moving his focus away from Gotham and looking for “new cities to conquer and new enemies to crush.”
Bane is currently making his presence felt in the pages of Batman with the “I am Bane” storyline. Since his new series is scheduled to be released shortly after this storyline wraps up, one can assume that the events in Batman will help launch Bane's solo outing.
By Bryan Martin
Yesterday, IGN premiered the trailer for Teen Titans; The Judas Contract, an upcoming animated film from DC Entertaintment and Warner Bros. Animation. Based on the 1984 story of the same name, the film will serve as a sequel to Justice League vs. Teen Titans.
The team’s lineup will consist of Nightwing, Robin, Beast Boy, Terra, Raven, and Starfire as they will battle against Deathstroke, who was voiced by recently deceased actor Miguel Ferrer. Based on the trailer, Deathstroke has been hired by Brother Blood to collect the Titans as part of his plans to steal their powers for his own use.
No release date has been set yet for the direct to DVD film, but expect to see it out later this year. DC Entertainment’s direct to DVD animated features have been arguably more entertaining than any of the live action adaptations. One can only hope that Judas Contract continues the trend.
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