Lex Luthor has had an incredibly difficult time of it lately, what with fighting master assassin Deathstroke, avoiding being eaten by Gorilla Grodd, and meeting Death herself. Finally back at his office in Metropolis, Lex has about five minutes to relax before Vandal Savage shows up to make Lex's quest even more complicated. (To be fair, no one ever said being an evil genius was easy job.) Paul Cornell writes while Pete Woods handles art duties in this centuries-spanning tale.
TITANS’ “Family Reunions” storyline kicked off last week in #28. The issue gives us a peek into Deathstroke’s ultimate plan for the team, as well as revelations about the promise he made to each member. But what’s it like writing Slade and the gang? TITANS writer Eric Wallace has his answer:
“With Titans #27, the final pieces of Deathstroke’s team are now in place, which means we finally get to see Roy in action as a Titan again. Unfortunately for him, when you’re high, fighting isn’t easy. And you can also make mistakes. Big ones. This issue also reveals the next puzzle piece in Deathstroke’s master plan. I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say there’s a definite reason Deathstroke took on this mission, one the rest of the Titans know nothing about.
Later this year, the TITANS ongoing series returns, courtesy of writer Eric Wallace and artist Fabrizio Fiorentino, with a new direction. Fans got a sense of how ruthless Deathstroke's team of mercenaries could be in the pages of the TITANS: VILLAINS FOR HIRE SPECIAL #1, but who else is on their radar?
We caught up with Mr. Wallace for some info on what's coming up in TITANS #24 and beyond. Take it away, Eric.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, but one of the coolest parts of my job is being able to swing by editorial and see new pages as they come in. Just last night, I swung by TITANS Editor Brian Cunningham's base of operations to get a glimpse of artist Fabrizio Fiorentino's TITANS: VILLAINS FOR HIRE work. And, not only does the artwork look amazing, but there were also some shocking story beats in the issue as well, courtesy of writer Eric Wallace. But we're not going to spoil those here.
While the Dark Knight stalks the Gotham streets at night, Bruce Wayne spends his daylight hours getting reacquainted with former flame Silver St. Cloud. Plus, Batman learns the name of his mysterious masked ally. Continuing superstar writer Kevin Smith's latest Batman tale in collaboration with artist Walt Flanagan, the issue also features guest-appearances by Aquaman, the New Teen Titans and Deathstroke.
BATMAN: THE WIDENING GYRE #3 hits 11/4.
Writer Peter Tomasi and artists Fernando Pasarin and Jeremy Haun continue delving into "The Deep," as the fifth part of their story finds the Outsiders captured with the remaining members on the run. And as things reach a boiling point for Alfred's band of heroes, Deathstroke discovers he may have a way to increase his already-amazing powers. Check out some pages below.
THE OUTSIDERS #19 hits 6/17.
Peter Tomasi and artist Lee Garbett turn the heat up on the newly-formed Outsiders team in this issue, the third part of "The Deep." Can the team properly hold off the Thrashers with the Creeper on the verge of a nervous breakdown? Also, who are The Insiders and why are they talking to a certain Slade Wilson? For some answers, click below.
THE OUTSIDERS #17 goes on sale 4/22.