Holy aerial plummet, Batman! Things weren’t looking so good for Jason in the cliffhanger for this week’s episode of DC Universe’s ‘Titans.’ We’re pretty nervous about Jason’s fate -- although probably not as nervous as Jason is. So, naturally, we’re looking for ways to occupy our time until this heart attack of an ending is resolved on Friday, October 11th. To distract us from the anxiety of it all, we’re going to take a look at all the comic book references in the latest episode, so let’s dive into the Easter eggs we found in “Deathstroke”!
Raven of Danger
Friendship can be a hazardous sport, at least when you get close to Raven. Gar and Rachel struggled a bit this week because Raven’s lack of control of her soul-self wound up hurting the green teen. To his credit, Gar initially tried to be understanding, but his fear of how Raven could hurt or even kill him caused him to lash out at her. If this sounds familiar to anyone, it’s because that’s exactly how Wally and Raven’s relationship on the team played out in the classic comics. Check out the above image from 1983’s ‘The New Teen Titans’ #29 (story and art by Marv Wolfman and George Perez) and try to tell us it doesn’t seem familiar. Although Wally had romantic feelings for Raven (much like our version of Gar does), his fear of her was one of the factors that eventually drove him to quit the team. Yikes! Let’s hope Gar doesn’t take things that far.
If you’re an Easter egg hunter like we are, be sure to hit the pause button often and look at every single computer screen. If you did, you would have caught a Wayne Tech logo on the Titans Tower computer monitors. Last year we saw a Wayne Enterprise insignia in one of Bruce’s bunkers, and now we’ve gotten confirmation of another one of his companies. What’s the difference between Wayne Enterprises and Wayne Tech? The truth is, it depends on the writer, but as the name implies Wayne Tech focuses on technology advancements. Bruce Wayne’s iconic subsidiary (and its epic building) were first seen in ‘Batman’ #443 (written by Marv Wolfman and penciled by Jim Aparo).
Shot to the Light
How do you stop Dr. Light? With a bullet apparently. No matter what continuity he’s in, the light-based crook always seems to meet his doom at the end of a gun. The screen version of Dr. Light met his untimely end this week when Deathstroke shot him, while the comics version died in 1989’s ‘Suicide Squad’ #36 (written by John Ostrander and Kim Yale, penciled by John K. Snyder III) after a barrage of bullets from Apokolips Parademons blew him out of the sky. Sounds like even the other bad guys think he’s a piece of work. At the time of his comics death Dr. Light was attempting to redeem himself by working with the Suicide Squad, but his overconfidence was his undoing. After a trip to Hell, Dr. Light eventually rejoined the land of the living, but it remains to be seen if his ‘Titans’ counterpart will be as lucky.
Rose’s Healing Factor
Ok, you all saw that twisted thing Rose did with her body right? She snapped her twisted and broken bones back into place after Raven’s soul-self pretty much killed her. What the heck! If you’ve read the comics it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but it was still a pretty shocking sight to see play out in live-action. Although the comics version of Rose was born with extra abilities from Slade’s DNA, she didn’t initially have his regenerative powers. In ‘Teen Titans ½’ #1 (written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Ivan Reis) Slade manipulated Rose into joining his villainous crusade, and it was later revealed that HE FORCED A SERUM INTO HER WHILE SHE WAS UNCONCIOUS! The serum gave Rose more abilities, including a rapid healing power. Slade, you roofied you own daughter, that’s messed up! The worst part is, Rose didn’t realize the truth for months!
Kids Shouldn’t Wear Costumes
Speaking of messed up things Slade has done to teenagers, the mercenary has a habit of using the younger Titans members to send messages to the elder heroes. The ‘Titans’ version gave Jason a monologue about how kids shouldn’t be wearing costumes, which is similar to a speech he gave Impulse in 2003’s ‘Teen Titans’ #2 (written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Michael McKone). Like this episode, Slade’s plot involved attacking a young Titan (in this case Impulse) to punish the older heroes for reforming the group. After Slade gave his message to Impulse he shot him in the leg, so perhaps Jason should consider himself lucky.
Robin Dies at Dawn
We started this Easter egg article as a distraction from our constant worrying about Jason’s fate, but our search for comic book references led us right back to the cliffhanger. Although the circumstances are different, it’s hard to see a nail biting climax about Jason’s fate without immediately thinking of “Death in the Family,” the infamous storyline where Jason Todd died. The end of ‘Batman’ #427 (written by Jim Starlin and penciled by Jim Aparo) left Jason’s fate up in the air, and fans voted for his demise. While there’s no 1-900 number here, the parallels do make us nervous, and we hope the Boy Wonder has a parachute in his utility belt.
Did Jason survive? What Easter eggs will come in the next episode? Catch “Conner” on Friday, October 11th for some answers!