Review-a-day: Deathstroke #1

Posted: October 27, 2014 in Review-a-day
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It took a little more than three years, but Slade Wilson/Deathstroke now has two very interesting distinctions in the current state of DC Comics. If I’m not mistaken, the character is now the first in The New 52 to get a solo book after already having his solo book cancelled. He is also (again, unless I’m mistaken) the first character to be rebooted since DC’s line-wide New 52 reboot.

Granted, it’s a soft reboot, but it still kind of boggles my mind that this is a thing that is happening just slightly more than three years after DC Comics rebooted their entire superhero universe (to one degree or another, some pre-New 52 material is still considered to have happened). If the Slade Wilson character was “too old,” which seems to be the thought process considering how this issue ends, then why didn’t we go down this road in the initial New 52 Deathstroke series? It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. As far as the actual book goes, it worries me a little that there seems to be thought here to make Deathstroke some sort of hero. He even refers to himself as “a heck of a good guy.” Yes, everyone is the hero of their own story, but i’ve never seen Deathstroke as a character who thinks of himself as a good guy. He’s a mercenary and an assassin, he’s not a hero or a villain, he’s the guy that does the job he’s paid to do. Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea and Tomeu Morey do seem to have gotten the level of violence right for the character, though it was also part of the biggest disconnect in the book for me. I can understand not wanting to use “foul language’ in the book, but if that’s the decision you’ve made, then don’t have the character say something like “a-hole.” Self-censorship like that sounds strange at the best of times, but especially when it comes immediately after Slade drives the hilt of one of his swords through someone’s brain. Not the blade, the hilt, clearly a far more difficult and violent act.

As weird as I find the idea of this character getting a soft reboot, especially as just occurred to me when he looks like the same old Slade in all his Futures End appearances, I do find it intriguing and I’m interested in seeing where this story goes. And i have to say, the art is pretty spot on for what I’d want for this book. I definitely like the slightly new look to the Deathstroke costume. The language issue is the only real kink that i think need to be worked out. Either have characters swear or don’t Tony Daniel, please don’t go halfway and use censored curses. It just doesn’t sound real.

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Score: 7.0

Written By: Tony S. Daniel
Art By: Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea and Tomeu Morey
Letters By: Rob Leigh
Price: $2.99

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