Written by Kyle Higgins, Art by Joe Bennett and Art Thibert, Cover by Simon Bisley
Solicitation Info (from Previews): “Friends die, family disappoints, but a legacy… That lives forever.” Slade Wilson is the best mercenary in the DCU, and he’s been doing this a long time. Some might say too long. But they’ll learn: Never turn your back on Deathstroke the Terminator. He won’t quit, no matter how high the stakes. Kyle Higgins (BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and Joe Bennett (TEEN TITANS) team up to bring you the finest in mayhem and gore.
Bias: Deathstroke should be a villain, and too often, a character that gets their own book slowly but surely becomes a hero/anti-hero. If the creative team can keep him as the badass we know and love, I’ll get this. If he becomes a sympathetic anti-hero, I’m done.
What I liked: If I was worried that they’d tone him down, I was worried for nothing (at least, not at this early a stage, anyway – but this issue went a long way toward reassuring me that they have no intention of doing so). He was treated as a professional mercenary without a conscience – you know, Deathstroke. This was both a fun story in and of itself, and set the stage for what we can expect in the future from this title. By that, I mean that they established Deathstroke as a badass (in just about every scene he was in!), and
What I disliked: The only thing I would’ve preferred would be one more revelation. There was a mystery set up toward the end of the book, and I would’ve preferred to see what they kept referencing instead of keeping it hidden. Still, that’s a very minor complaint – I simply loved this book!
Verdict: So long as they keep writing him as the badass he was this issue, I’m definitely collecting this title.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.