Sunday, December 13, 2009

Teen Titans #77

“A Family Affair”

Writer: J.T. Krul

Penciller: Joe Bennett

Inker: Jack Jadson & Ruy Jose

Editor: Brian Cunningham


As the Blackest Night falls, Ravager finally succeeds in tracking down her father, Deathstroke the Terminator. But not even the two of them can deal with the returns of two more Ravagers, Slade’s ex-wife, his former best friend…and Jericho


Pages 1-3: This is a nice and neat recap of Slade Wilson’s life, as seen through the eyes of Wintergreen. Included here are his early days, life as a “family man,” the tragedies that befell his sons, his first encounters with the Teen Titans and the discovery of his daughter.

Page 4: William Randolph Wintergreen, Major British Army, retired. First appeared in The New Teen Titans #2. Killed in Teen Titans (third series) #2. He was the Alfred to Deathstroke’s Batman, if that makes any sense; his aide-de-camp, if you will.

Page 5: “From the journal of W.R. Wintergreen Major British Army, Ret.” Wintergreen’s journal was first introduced in Deathstroke the Terminator #1.

Page 6: Deathstroke the Terminator, real name Slade Wilson. First appeared in The New Teen Titans (first series) #2. Possesses enhanced physical and mental attributes as well as a healing factor, and armed with high-tech weaponry. Last appeared in Blackest Night: Titans #1.

“Just like Kurtz lost in the Congo – “ Mr. Kurtz is an ivory trader and the object of Marlow’s search in Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness. In Francis Ford Coppola’s film Apocalypse Now, he is transformed into Colonel Walter E. Kurtz played by Marlon Brando.

Pages 8-9: Ravager V, real name Rose Wilson. First appeared (as Rose) in Deathstroke the Terminator #15 and (as Ravager) in Teen Titans (third series) #8. Possesses enhanced strength, reflexes and endurance, as well as limited precognitive ability. Last appeared in Blackest Night: Titans #1.

“I told you I’d find you, Slade.” Rose has been hunting her father since the events in Faces of Evil: Deathstroke #1.

“You thought you could cover your tracks just by blowing up your usual safe houses?” Since his “rebirth” in Faces of Evil: Deathstroke #1, Slade has been wiping himself clean of his past – safe houses, equipment, methods and family.

Page 12: “The dead are rising from the grave – coming for retribution.” There’s no evidence that Slade battled any Black Lanterns before this story, so I assume that this issue takes place after Barry Allen’s “Paul Revere” run warning Earth’s super humans about the Black Lanterns, as seen in Blackest Night #4.

Page 13: “My mother is dead because of you.” Rose’s mother, Lillian Worth, also know as Sweet Lili, died in Deathstroke the Hunted #45.

Pages 14-15: Ravager I, real name Grant Wilson. First appeared in The New Teen Titans (first series) #1. Killed in The New Teen Titans (first series) #2. Possessed superhuman strength, reflexes, and stamina and combat skills. He was Slade’s older son who was killed while trying to capture the Teen Titans for the H.I.V.E.; Slade later took on the contract in honor of his son’s memory.

“That’s my dad. Always playing favorites.” Grant has some daddy issues, even dead.

Page 18: Ew. That’s gross.

Page 19: “You might bring some nice curves to the costume, Rose…” Okay, that’s just downright creepy. Yeah, Rose is a hottie, but that’s your half-sister, Grant. Seems like he has more than just daddy issues…

Pages 20-21: Rose is feeling rage and fear mixed in with her willpower.

Page 22: Ravager IV, real name Wade DeFarge. First appeared in Deathstroke the Hunted #0. Killed in Teen Titans (third series) #1/2. A skilled hand-to-hand combatant and an excellent marksman. He’s also Slade’s half-brother who hired the Jackal to kidnap Joseph Wilson because he was obsessed with Adeline.

Ravagers, Ravagers, Ravagers everywhere, oh my!

For the record, here’s a little Ravager-recap…

Grant Wilson, Slade’s son, was Ravager I.

The second Ravager was an assassin hired by Two-Face to kill Batman; he appeared in Batman #440 (the first chapter of “A Lonely Place of Dying”) and that was it, end of story.

The third Ravager was Bill Walsh, who was originally the terrorist known as the Jackal. The same Jackal who kidnapped Joseph Wilson and slit his throat. Later, he was the H.I.V.E. agent who transformed Grant Wilson into the first Ravager. And, still later, he donned the Ravager identity to attack Deathstroke. Really, not a smart guy, when you think about it.

The fourth Ravager was Slade’s crazy younger half-brother, Wade DeFarge. He was the one who hired the Jackal to kidnap Joe and…yeah, it gets convoluted and confusing. He’s nutty too.

Rose is the fifth and current Ravager. She has daddy issues, too; I mean, what else would you call plunging a dagger into your eye so you and he could be more alike?

Page 23: Well, it’s about time Wintergreen showed up….

Page 24: Adeline Kane Wilson, formerly known as the H.I.V.E. Mistress. First appeared in The New Teen Titans (first series) #34. Killed in The Titans #12. A skilled combatant and a master of firearms. Slade’s ex-wife and mother of Grant and Joseph.

Slade is all about willpower.

Page 25: Wintergreen and Adeline are playing upon Slade’s love for Rose in an effort to let them kill him.

Page 30: Jericho, real name Joseph William Wilson. First appeared (as Joseph) in Tales of the Teen Titans #42, and (as Jericho) in Tales of the Teen Titans #44. Able to possess another person after making eye contact with them. His body was killed in The New Titans #83, but he apparently jumped into Slade’s body and remained dormant for years. He was restored to his own body in Teen Titans (third series) #40, but has since gone absolutely nuttier than a fruitcake.

In Vigilante (third series) #6, the final chapter of “Deathtrap,” the Vigilante gauged out Jericho’s eyes so he wouldn’t be a danger to anyone. It seems that either his eyes have regenerated, or he no longer needs them.

Or, like me, the writer is completely ignoring “Deathtrap” because it’s a horrendous story.

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