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Flashpoint: Deathstroke and The Curse of The Ravager #3 Review

Written by Comic_Doctor on Wednesday, August 10 2011 and posted in Reviews

The finale to Deathstoke's mini in the Flashpoint universe.

Comic Review Cover

Credits & Solicit Info:

Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists: Tony Shasteen & Alex Massacci


It's no secret that I'm a fan of the Flashpoint storyline, especially some of the accompanying minis.  Flashpoint: Deathstroke and The Curse of The Ravager is one of said minis.  With the recent release of the third (and final) issue, I was a little sad to know that it's ending.  It has been a fun ride!

Unfortunately, issue #3 is the weakest in the series (both the writing and the art), but it's still a decent finish.

Palmiotti did a fine job with the dialogue and the action, but I found the ending to be weak.  I know Deathstroke's mission was to get his daughter back, and he did succeed, but it seemed to happen too easily.  One of my favorite things in this mini-series was all the fighting, action, and killing.  To end it all with a simple explosion was a cheat.

The artwork suddenly got worse halfway through that issue, and that has always been a pet-peeve of mine.  Both Tony Shasteen and Alex Massacci are credited as artists, and I honestly don't know who did what half, but the guy who did the first half should have done the full issue.  It really weakens the overall story to have it end with a different artist; an artist whose work looked sloppy by comparison.  It leaves a bad after taste.

I have no idea if Flashpoint's Deathstroke (and story) will have any bearing on the upcoming DC relaunch, but reading this mini has whet my appetite for more Deathstroke come September.

If you're enjoying Flashpoint, and are curious about some of the Flashpoint minis, I recommend Deathstroke and The Curse of The Ravager.  Just be warned issue #3 falls off quickly at the end.

Review by: Comic_Doctor

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