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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 144

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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at a three-part story that made both the Greatest Marv Wolfman Stories Ever Told AND the Greatest Beast Boy/Changeling Stories Ever Told, the “Trial of the Terminator!”

Enjoy!

The story began in Tales of the Teen Titans #53 and continued into #54 and 55, with Rich Buckler drawing the first two issues and Ron Randall drawing the third.

Deathstroke the Terminator is on trial following the events of the Judas Contract (although not necessarily FOR the events of the Judas Contract, mind you).

Things don’t seem to be going smoothly…



Things get worse in #54…




Particularly when ANOTHER Deathstroke the Terminator shows up while Slade Wilson is in custody…


Eventually, Slade is set free, but we learn (as hinted above) that Changeling manipulated the whole situation (including using his father’s mental projection helmet to project an image of Deathstroke during the trial so that Slade would be released).

He is doing so because HE wants to kill Deathstroke, for what he did to Terra…

Well, things don’t go according to Gar’s plan, either…



I won’t spoil the rest of it, but do note that it has some of the strongest character work Marv Wolfman did during his entire run on Teen Titans. Very, very strong stuff – and you could argue that it was the beginning of the sort-of-redemption of the Terminator that went on during the 1990s, when Deathstroke got his own title (written by Wolfman).