Tales From The Dark Multiverse: The Judas Contract – Review
The Judas Contract is one of those super-hero stories that consistently make the list of best comic stories of all time. It’s amazing that it really hasn’t seen a lot of alternate ending tales. Of course, it gets adapted into animation. With DC Comics suddenly embracing the concept of a multiverse, it has finally happened.
Writers: Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom
Artist: Tom Raney
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
Cover Art: Lee Weeks and Brad Anderson
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
The Dark Multiverse reimagines one of the most renowned stories in comic book history, “The Judas Contract”! In this shocking tale, Terra’s betrayal starts not with the Teen Titans, but with Deathstroke himself! Now, free from her mentor’s influence and supercharged by the same serum that turned Slade Wilson into the world’s deadliest man, Tara Markov will forge a new destiny, written in the Teen Titans’ blood.
I really don’t see why these tales have to be from a “dark” multiverse. Sure, these tales end a lot darker for the heroes of the DC Universe. However, the DC Universe has had it’s share of dark endings. Heroes In Crisis is the most recent story to have an ending that was dark, not ending well for anyone. Apparently, all of these tales are going to culminate in a big event to threaten the multiverse, or at least, our heroes in the “main” DC Universe.
Here, we find a moment that Tara Markov takes Dick Grayson’s inspiration to drive her to stand on her own. She begins by killing Deathstroke and using the chemicals that elevated his mind and body to enhance her mastery of her powers. Unfortunately, this is given off the cuff. Marv Wolfman always hinted that Terra was more powerful than she let on. Deathstroke’s drugs aren’t necessary. From there, we get the Teen Titans slaughtered and see them run to Superman for help. Remember that these are the heroes that stood against Trigon. Terra dealing with Superman is well-done, but it serves the story, not the heroes of the story.
That’s where I think these Dark Multiverse tales might be flawed. With this story especially, we don’t have a protagonist that we can follow. Maybe it’s supposed to be Tara Markov. If it is, then we aren’t reading a super-hero comic. We’re seeing Zack Snyder style disaster porn. Tom Raney being attached to this book hurts my heart a little. I love his work, but the story just calls on him to grotesquely show heroes dying.
I wanted to love this. Unfortunately, I just can’t. I think that this series of comics can have some great alternate takes on events in DC History. It can produce some great stories just by tweaking classic events. Unfortunately, it didn’t work in this case. It’s not a bad comic, just kind of there.
Final rating: 5.0 (out of 10)