The old Teen Titans mercenary gets another chance at an ongoing series. Does it work?
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Slade Wilson is a fan favorite DC character with some remarkable moments throughout DC history. Not that that history has been reset, what does DC's best mercenary have going for him? Does this one pass the test or does it get terminated?
Grab Bag Reviewer: Jerry Steinhelper
I used to love Deathstroke, way back when he had his own book, those Mike Zeck covers and just some really good action stories inside. I loved it when the DCU heroes looked up to him for leadership during the Panic in the Sky storyline. As much as loved him as an anti-hero, I had no regrets when Identity Crisis returned him to his badass villain roots. The rest of his story happened in the unreadable Titans books of the last few years so I have no idea what he's been doing – until Flashpoint and the Deathstroke mini, which was a complete piece of shit.
And now, a rebooted Deathstroke. Will he be badass bad guy, a reluctant yet honorable anti-hero, or will he follow his Flashpoint personality and be crap? Two out of three is what we get.
The story shows Slade Wilson going through the motions of planning and carrying out an assassination. He's introduced to his 'team' and together they do a nice plane-to-plane incursion, only to find out that his client gave him some incomplete intel. Doesn't matter as he still blows up the target's plane. Back on the ground he sees his team as future competition and kills them. He then tells his go-between to send a message back to world that Deathstroke still has it (and to be "a good dog").
No doubt about, Deathstroke is a badass bad guy. He's also a badass-hole. Completely unlikeable. He's the kind of villain you want to see fail because that would be the only enjoyment you could get from reading his adventures.
The writing is decent enough, but the characterization is unbearable. I like the twist of offing his own team, but that's strikes me more of a Deadshot move than Deathstroke. The arrogant/aloof/asshole killer just doesn't interest me (probably why I also find Wolverine & Punisher unreadable). Many minus points for trying to be hip and kewl (and failing) with phrases like "The Hell?" and "Deathstroke – the scariest badass on the planet."
The art could be called really good – if Deathstroke wasn't wearing some stupid metal armor thing with pouches. Just ugly.
Sadly I preordered #2.
Writing – 10/25
Art – 15/25
Accessibility – 20/25
Enjoyment – 1/25
Overall – 46/100