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Shadow War Reading Order, a Batman, Robin & Deathstroke, Inc. crossover event

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Since James Tynion IV stopped writing Batman, Joshua Williamson is the main writer of the series. He also writes Robin, Deathstroke, Inc., and everything linked to Infinite Frontier. This summer, he will be in charge of the Dark Crisis event, but before that he organized another crossover event in the Batmanverse called Shadow War—illustrated by Viktor Bogdanovic.

Here is how it starts: When Deathstroke assassinates Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul demands revenge and sends her League of Shadows to kill Deathstroke and Deathstroke Inc.! Batman and Robin must team up to track down Deathstroke and bring him to justice … but do they?

Expect over-the-top fights, action, mystery, and betrayal as this crossover event creates a major impact on the DCU!

What to read before Shadow War?

With this kind of event, it’s always better to be up-to-date, especially with Joshua Williamson’s writing. First, we’ve got Batman, the first story after the Fear State event, then Damian Wayne in Robin (see Damian Wayne Reading Order for more info), and Deathstroke in the new Deathstroke, Inc. series.

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Last Updated on October 6, 2022.

Deathstroke Reading Order (Slade Wilson)

Deathstroke Reading Order

Created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Slade Wilson is Deathstroke the Terminator, the world’s greatest assassin/mercenary and an enemy of the Teen Titans, but also of Batman, the Justice League, and Green Arrow. Introduced as a supervillain, acting sometimes as an anti-hero, always the great strategist and manipulator, Slade Wilson is certainly one of the most emblematic DC’s antagonists.

At 16, young Slade Wilson enlisted in the United States Army and, at some point, was chosen to be part of an experimental super-soldier project where he gained enhanced strength, agility, and intelligence. Father of three children (Joe, Rose and Grant), Wilson’s vendetta against the Titans began when he swore revenge for the death of his oldest son Grant. A real professional who never lost time, Deathstroke has been a member of  Secret Society of Super-Villains, Suicide Squad, Titans East, H.I.V.E., Checkmate, League of Assassins, Defiance, Injustice League, Team 7, and T.R.U.S.T.

Deathstroke had also quite a decent career in other media and has been portrayed, among others, by Manu Bennett on The CW’s Arrow and by Esai Morales on the DC Universe series Titans. He also appears as a playable character in Injustice: Gods Among Us, voiced by J. G. Hertzler, and in the Batman: Arkham franchise.

Today, we explore Slade Wilson’s history with a Deathstroke/Slade Wilson Reading Order, from his villain role in New Teen Titans to his own titles and much more…

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Last Updated on May 1, 2024.

The Lazarus Contract Reading Order, a Titans/Teen Titans/Deathstroke crossover

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The Lazarus Contract Reading Order

The Lazarus Contract is a DC Comics mini-crossover event published in 2017 between three series : Titans, Teen Titans and Deahtstroke. The crossover was written by Dan Abnett, Benjamin Percy and Christopher Priest, with interior art from Brett Booth, Khoi Pham, Carlo Pagulayan and Paul Pelletier.

The title, The Lazarus Contract, is a call back to the classic storyline New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. The story picks up here with Slade Wilson’s discovery that the original Wally West has returned.

He sees that return as an opportunity to bring his son Grant back to life, and nothing will stop him from getting what he wants. Standing in his way? Both the Teen Titans and the Titans! But will the Titans and the Teen Titans be fast enough to stop him from changing the world as we know it?

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Last Updated on October 14, 2022.