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The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

(New Teen Titans (1980) #39-44)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  2,156 ratings  ·  69 reviews
As these super-powered sidekicks and teenagers continue to grow and mature into young adult characters, their battles begin to gain greater importance and result in tougher consequences. Led by Nightwing, formerly known as Robin, the Teen Titans realize that growing up can mean growing apart. After a monumental battle against Trigon in which the heroes must sacrifice one o ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 17th 1991 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 1990)
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Sam Quixote
May 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hired by an evil cabal called HIVE, Deathstroke the Terminator takes out the Teen Titans with thanks to a Judas within the ranks – but who sold them out and why?

The Judas Contract is another “classic” story so-called because of middle-aged fanboys looking back at this early ‘80s comic through a nostalgia filter rather than it being of high quality.

Even though this is a 33 year-old comic, I guess SPOILERS AHEAD, but the long and short of it is to never read any comics written by Marv Wolfman!

Gianfranco Mancini

Storyline: 3
Artworks: 5

"The Judas Contract" is a cheesy DC comics milestone (Dick Grayson quit being Robin and becomes Nightwing; Deathstroke's secret origin is revealed for first time) but it not aged much well (Starfire's haircut and her "Dick! I love Dick!" double entendres... Oh good grief).
But is always a pleasure to see George Perez's awesome hyperdetailed artworks.
Shame on me for reading baloons imagining the voices from the "Teen Titans Go" TV show characters XD
Oct 16, 2009 rated it liked it
This is probably not the most substantive insight into a book, but I'm going to say that if you're the spokesperson for an evil cult that is trying to pass itself off as a humane religion, you may want to go by a name other than Mistress Mayhem.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
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Are you unfamiliar with the Teen Titans? These young heroes have been dealing out justice in the shadow of the Justice League all their life. Their camaraderie is iconic and their passion, unquenchable. Being young and inexperienced, their development has always been impregnated by a touch of innocence and a whole lot of trial and error. With members like Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven, the Teen Titans have been a peculiar group of
Aug 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 16+
To me what made this book fantastic was the edge it brought. Comics have always born the stigma of being for children and having very simplistic writing style that only made them fit for younger readers. This book becomes a paradox. It was about the junior members of the DC universe, too young for the Justice League which was populated by the greats: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, et. al, however Teen Titans was more mature than the titles bearing those more senior members of the Lea ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I read this the other day because I wanted to watch the DC Animated movie of the same name and I wanted to reconnect with this older story of the Teen Titans. I gotta say, this was just as good now as it was back in the day. Deathstroke is still the hardline, tortured and reluctant bad guy, but there is so much more depth to him other than being a villain. He is portrayed in many ways these days and soon to be in the next Justice League movie. In this it goes into much about him, including his h ...more
May 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Alexis by: Ray
(From the notes I wrote in 2005.)
After reading this, a lot of things are clearer about the Teen Titans cartoon. I love Starfire's giant 80s hair and Wonder Girl's costume. Very interesting storyline, but I prefer Marvel over DC for many reasons. (The planning, quality of writing, fight scenes, and artwork and fluidity.) However, it was still cool reading about these characters that I had come to like so much and learning about their background.
James Adams
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5, rounded up.
This series was on the same level as X-Men in the early 80s, in both popularity and quality. I was always a True Believer, so this, as with many titles from the Distinguished Competition, flew under my radar. I have been trying to fill those gaps, and DC joining Comixology Unlimited has been a boon.
The title gives the game away here: One of the Titans is a traitor! Well, a spy; their loyalties were never with the group at all. The identity of the bad apple is never in question, o
James Rodrigues
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
My knowledge of this storyline initially came from it being adapted for season 2 of the animated Teen Titans series. Reading the actual source material was an interesting experience, and the result was a well crafted tale which may have a few problems (Dicks costume change prevents him from helping the Titans?). However, the deceptive tale of Terra and The Terminators take down of the Titans is a fantastic read, with a standout character in the mute Jericho.
Jason Thayer
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone 13 and older
Not only was this the best Teen Titans story I have read, It's the best DC comic I have read to date! This is the first graphic novel that has actually put me in tears at the end. While it provided an interesting backstory for Deathstroke, it also saw the retirement of Kid Flash, Dick Grayson's exit as Robin and entrance as Nightwing, along with introducing Jericho, along with the death of one of their own. The emotional betrayal is simply heartbreakingly powerful. It was malicious, cruel and he ...more
Seth Heasley
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the arc of the Teen Titans I read and re-read as a kid. Deathstroke is easily my favorite DC villian, so much that I completely geeked out when Slade Wilson was introduced on the first season of Arrow. And here you get his origin story (which of course differs from Arrow's).

It's the classic lineup of the Titans, with Robin, Wonder Girl, Starfire, Changeling, Raven, and Cyborg.
I miss Kid Flash here, because by this time he was The Flash (I think), but it's still cool to see Robin transfo
Jorge Miguel Gascón
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Si bien puede ser un poco cansada, la historia de Deathstroke y su relación con Terra compensan con creces la falta de ritmo que puede llegar a tener.

También aprendí que no soy tan fan de los Teen Titans.
Tom Malinowski
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Terra makes her move against the Titans, and Dick's new identity is revealed as another person might join up. The ending is very fitting and appropriate. Wow!
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Now being a comics noob, I knew a little about what this storyline had in store for me. Mostly revolving around Tara Markov's plot int his book. Thankfully, I didn't know much else. This story contained two other wonderful surprises for me including some great setup for Dick Grayson and a nice peek into Deathstroke's past. Yes, by today's standards the art might seem dated, but a solid storyline held this together. My only regret is that I wish the arc had been longer than only four issues! High ...more
May 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Classic, many essential moments (the birth of Elvis Nightwing!), but not esp. modern or subtle. Very heavy handed, or sort of elegant in its emotional simplicity. I admire the refusal to provide satisfying reason for Terra's insane bitchery. Like, toward the end, characters are literally begging to know why she betrayed them, and the narrator steps in to tell you that there is no why. Girl is just batshit crazy.
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Tomo 26, primero dedicado a los Teen Titans.
Victor Orozco
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, here it is. In its 192 page glory, New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract.

I've seen the Cartoon Network Animated Series, particularly its second season which adapts this story. Plus I've also seen the newest DC Animated Movie. And I've got to say, I'm filled both with contentment but also a degree of disappointment.

This collection begins with Marv Wolfman making it clear they were doing something unprecedented in comics by creating a character so young and promising - as a treacherous and wi
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was November's read for the library's Comic Book Club... and it garnered a lot of interesting discussion, especially about a character's various evolutions throughout his/her entire tenure (namely with Robin/Nightwing). This was a solid story that has rightly earned its place as a "must-read" arc for many reasons, but the mains ones are: (1) Because it's the first time we see Nightwing, and (2) Because it's the first time a character is a spy from the beginning. They don't turn traitor; the ...more
Vicenç Sanz
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Confieso antes de dar mi opinión que éste Contrato de Judas ha sido un comic que he tardado mucho en empezar. Miraba la portada y no me llamaba nada. Veía el grupo protagonista y casi ni me sonaba. Abría el comic y el dibujo me tiraba para atrás. Pero lo empecé al fin, y os dejo con lo que me ha parecido.

De entrada creo que es un comic muy entretenido, que sabe presentar a un grupo numeroso de gente y meterles en una trama mínimamente compleja pero que te interesa desde que ves por donde va. Una
tony dillard jr
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With the animated version of the Judas Contract recently coming out on DVD, I wanted to read the original source material before I gave the film a view. I just happened to be sitting on a vintage copy of the complete story and so I gave it a read (Note: my review of The New Teen Titans: Terra Incognito comes before this volume.)
The Titans have recently added a new member to their ranks for the first time since reforming. But it's their downfall, as newcomer Terra, is actually in league with th
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Read this for a book club. Honestly, very little of the actual contract in here, most of it is backstory. The dialogue is terrible - it’s full of exposition and jokes when people are literally dying. Gar is the worst character ever - what a creepy chauvinistic jerk. Oh my gawd, he should have been in jail for all the sexual harassment. This is what passed for cool in the 80s? No wonder the world is so rotten now.

I hare that Starfire is objectified by everything that walks, being her must have b
Zack Clopton
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Sort of fucked-up that Terra, a teenage girl clearly being manipulated and sexually abused by an adult man, is painted as a totally insane supervillain beyond redemption, while said man gets a sympathetic back story.

Beyond that, there's the repeated scenes of Beast Boy making crude comments towards women and in one scene, while transformed as a dog, he looks up Starfire's skirt. Speaking of Starfire, it's sort of disturbing that she's canonically sixteen and constantly drawn in very little cloth
Fernando Gálvez
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia acerca de madurar, de que las decisiones que tomes tienen sus consecuencias y que las debes aceptar, así como nunca llegas a conocer completamente a una persona hasta que sucede una crisis y muestra sus verdaderos colores.

El Contrato de Judas es una historia potente, oscura, con temas bien profundos en un contexto superheroico que no ha perdido su calidad con los años. Aquí no solamente se presenta el deseo de independencia de los personajes, en particular Dick Grayson, ya que tamb
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. The chapters wer split in a way that kept me intriguied and I think knowing the characters before hand (through Teen Titans and Youn Justice) made the book much more endearing. Is the Judas Contract a sequel to any other New Teen Titans novels? I'd love to see how the team worked with Wally and Tara.

I do prefer the characterization of Terra in the TV show to this one, due to the complexity of her inner conflict and the tragedy of the end, but this was still
Gabriell Anderson
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcover, comics, cz
Ufff, tohle bylo pořádně ukecané. Na druhou stranu se tu objevuje origin Deathstrokea, Robin se tu stane Nightwingem a kouřící teenage záporačka přiznávající milenecký vztah s mnohem starším mužem by dnešním filtrem už asi taky jen tak neprošla. Člověk i chápe, že v době, kdy to vycházelo to musela být bomba. Z dnešního pohledu už je to prostě jenom takový příjemný nadprůměr (věčná škoda, že tu nejsou půl hvězdy, protože tohle je 3 1/2 jak už chvíli nic jiného), což znamená že v rámci DiCKKa je ...more
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, superheroics
I really have trouble getting into this kind of old-fashioned superhero comic. It's all cramped art with no panel-to-panel flow, simplistic characterization, and corny and overly expository dialogue. At one point an audience of a political talkshow is immediately fooled into thinking a guy calling himself Brother Blood (and dressing as a supervillain) is simply a well-meaning religious leader. That kind of silliness can work, but the whole thing would need to be a lot more absurdist. This is jus ...more
Louis Skye
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I've heard so much about this book but it's super gross and creepy (not in a good way). The writing is stilted and overwrought. The characters are poorly written, and most of the men should be in jail for harassment. Ewww.

The art is good and consistent but the costumes are a bit much. I'm so glad I wasn't old enough to read comics in the 80s!

It was really disappointing and had very few highlights. Would not recommend.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc
Problemy nastolatków rosną wprost proporcjonalnie do siły ich supermocy. Dobrze wyszedł Deathstroke , a jego origin story dało radę pozostać w kanonie (Liefeld jedynie skopiował je dla serii new52). Zdrada Terry została usprawiedliwiona metodą "bo tak", jakby w komiksie nie mogli istnieć dziecięcy psychopaci. Szybka akcja odwraca uwagę od słabego scenariusza i osobowości bohaterów, z których lubić się da jedynie Jerycho i Nightwinga.
Doctor Alpha
Sep 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Only good for two kinds of people:
1) massive Raven fans wishing to know why she is the perfect Teen Titans leader instead of Robin (Spoiler: because she is the only one who actually has any brain to understand that Terra REALLY hates the Teen Titans);
2) massive Deathstroke fans in search of their favourite character's origins.
Other than that, it's easily the worst Teen Titans book ever released of the original Marv Wolfman run, and I don't understand how we dropped from the heights of the classi
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Marvin A. "Marv" Wolfman is an award-winning American comic book writer. He is best known for lengthy runs on The Tomb of Dracula, creating Blade for Marvel Comics, and The New Teen Titans for DC Comics.

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