The Professional Review
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Slade Wilson the famed Terminator, Deathstroke, has received his own DC Rebirth series. This series about the infamous Batman and Nightwing villain features the deep history of him (Slade Wilson/Deatstroke) and his family. But is it any good?
But is it any good?
Deathstroke is being penned by Christopher Priest. Christopher is known for writing some of The Amazing Spiderman and various Green Lantern comics. Priest had actually been staying away from comics because of the conception that he is a black writer for black characters. However, Christopher returned to comics since he was given the chance to write Deathstroke, a white character. Along with Priest is a multitude of artists who are covering multiple different comics.
Along with Priest is a multitude of artists who are covering multiple different comics.
Deathstroke comes from a military background where he was serving in a special operations team. Always wanting to further himself by any means Slade went through special testing to increase his speed, strength, and senses. Slade also possesses a very high intelligence; rivaling that of Batman.
Throughout the collection, we meet Wintergreen (Slade’s best friend), his wife, and two sons, and, finally, his illegitimate daughter. We get a glimpse of Slade’s home wife when he takes his children into the wilderness and they go hunting. Slade proves that he is no father of the year, and abuses both of his children, mentally and physically.
Christopher Priest’s writing style is fantastic but when trying to reboot a series it isn’t the best idea to feature a writer who makes convoluted holes in his stories causing the reader to have to revisit each issue after the next comes out to try to decipher what is going on.
Deathstroke himself is a very stale and bland character; not receiving much of a development in this collection. The story mainly focuses on someone having put out a hit on the daughter of Deathstroke, Rose Wilson. Another issue that arises with this series is that Rose Wilson has some kind of precognition that she uses when she is ambushed by some goons and the collection shows that she has the ability but it isn’t mentioned or made aware any other way. This brings an issue for new readers and makes the comic less friendly to those new readers. If this collection was the middle of the series that wouldn’t be an issue but where it’s supposed to be a rebooting of the series it does not do anything to re-establish its characters.
This, in my opinion, makes the comic less friendly to those new readers. If this collection was the middle of the series that wouldn’t be an issue but where it’s supposed to be a rebooting of the series it does not do anything to re-establish its characters.
The series does provide some star shine by including Batman, Robin, and Superman. The cause for Batman to be involved in the series is a little pushed, sadly, and the actual outcome of what happens is by the book at the best. The story is written well but overall just lacks any creativity when compared to other stories offered.
The artwork is the outlier in this collection. It was amazing to see such beautiful artwork in a comic. It blew me away that the writing was paired with this beautiful artwork. Even if it’s just to glimpse the style of art provided in this collection it is worth to take a look at.
It’s hard to recommend this story to anyone as the only way to read it is to completely reread it. If you want to enjoy the story you’ll need to spend the money and reread it multiple times. For the casual comic reader, I would say recommend to stay away, for now. If you are a comic veteran then this collection will definitely be enjoyable.
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