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Teen Titans: Judas Contract Homage by BillWalko Teen Titans: Judas Contract Homage by BillWalko
"The Dark Titan Saga" It's a Teen Titans Judas Contract tribute, in homage to Uncanny X-Men #136.
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IOnlyFearNeverTrying Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is so sad. Changling/Beast Boy is right there, sobbing, and I'm like, ":D Look! Raven and Jericho are so cute!" 
Great picture!
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GravitationalTitan Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gar: NERRRRRR!!!!
WG and Vic: ERMAHGERD 
Deathstroke: aw, crud....
Raven and Joey: ;-;
Kory: *poker face* 
Dick: I DIDN'T- ...WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME?!

👏👏I LOVE IT. Very we'll drawn and the light colors are so beautiful, and it makes it feel so eerie. It reminds me of the way Tiny Titans was inked. I give it two thumbs up 👍👍
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, hadn't Terra already tipped her hand at this point?
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BillWalko Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Yes, but they were still devastated and sad when they found Terra's body. 
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Jormand Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Funny, it reminded me first of Infinite Crisis' cover with Superman and Supergirl.  I'd like to see a side-by-side comparison of that and UXM #136 sometime.
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BabsDC Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL me too ;)
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4ScarfAce4 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nice one. I can really feel the despair radiating from the tableau.
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BillWalko Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
thanks, i really wanted to convey the tragedy...
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4ScarfAce4 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're most welcome - it worked.
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ForgottenReader Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Oooh. Awesome work!
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johntrumbull Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Terrific work, buddy!  One of your best!
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BillWalko Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
thanks!
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StevenHoward Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
haha ive just noticed the cigarette
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BillWalko Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
FINALLY someone mentions the cigarette! :D
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StevenHoward Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
woo hoo!! what do i win :D
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BillWalko Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
you win a WalkNo-Prize ; )
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StevenHoward Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
haha i'll take it!!!
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Loupii Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Lol @ Starfire's enormous hair.
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KTHunter Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
I love it.  That whole arc was one of the best stories in comicdom.
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KTHunter Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
I especially like the Raven/Jericho/Terminator trio in the back.  Nice touch.
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BillWalko Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Thanks! "who goes where" changed several times. I even originally thought of doing Kid Flash holding Raven, a la "Terror of Trigon". But then I thought Judas Contract as the NTT's Dark Phoenix saga, so this made more sense.

I originally had Wonder Girl and Nightwing in back of Deathstroke, but that felt wrong. I brought them to the forefront. Where WG is is where Wolvie was in the original -- I tried Starfire there and then Raven there and neither worked.

I also started to add the trade dress like a cover homage, and then decided it was all distracting from the drama of the piece. Let the image speak for itself. I think it's much stronger that way.... it's a story about loss and loss of innocence.... and I wanted to capture how each of the Titans reacted to this loss. (Even Deathstroke, who cried when this whole thing fell down)

I think the final placement of everyone worked out for the best!
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KTHunter Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Wow!  Thanks for telling me that.  It's always good to hear the story behind the making of art.  

If I recall that time in the Titans correctly, having Wally there would not have made sense, as he was not with the Titans at the time (which is why he was not abducted with the rest of them).  Jericho first showed up in canon in this story, so he and Raven had not really met yet, but this is good foreshadowing for their future relationship.  Therefore, I think it was a good choice on all counts.

The image does speak for itself.  For those of us who know that story well, no words need to be added.

The whole Terra affair was bad for Slade Wilson, as Wintergreen would attest.

Well done!  I always look forward to your art.  Have a great weekend.
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DanielNadia Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Awesome! The Perez Titans are rivaled as my favorite take only by the original Nick Cardy bunch, and this is a fantastic take on them! 

Did you ever notice that the figures of Cyclops and Phoenix on this cover are almost exactly the same (the tilting of the head and all) as the Suoerman and Supergirl on the cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7?
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BillWalko Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
YES< I have noticed! Also, what Big Mike said. ; )
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DanielNadia Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Glad I'm not the only one, and I absolutely agree with Mike. Thanks for replying! 
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BigMike20X6 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
The Pieta was a sculpture by Michelangelo depicting Mary holding the dead body of Christ. It has been the inspiration for countless comics as seen here... goodcomics.comicbookresources.…
(And for the record, the  X-Men cover predates Crisis by 6 years)
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DanielNadia Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Thanks, that was really interesting! I have realized that this was the inspiration for all of the "holding dead teammates" covers. However, I still think that the two takes are EERILY similar, down to the stances and the tilting of the heads. I wouldn't want to think that he was directly SWIPING the cover, but it can't be a coincidence. 
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mpz28 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
nicely done :)
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BillWalko Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Thanks! :D
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