Posted September 19, 2011 by Earl Maghirang in Comics

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Deathstroke # 1

Reviewing Deathstroke # 1 by Kyle Higgins, Joe Bennet and Art Thibert part of DC’s New 52.

Slade Wilson is back in business with a new book detailing how much fun an anti-hero can have. The new issue features a solo mission for Slade to recover a stolen package while forced to work with a bunch of new wetworks soldiers.

I found it great that the book welcomes in new readers as for most comic book fans would know, Deathstroke is a character that has shared a lot of history particularly with Dick Grayson and the rest of the Teen Titans.

Some of the likeable elements from the old Slade has made it intact with the transition however there are some things that I didn’t like about the book. The violence level is through the roof on this book. We actually get to see Deathstroke behead a Russian mob boss within the first five pages of the book. Interestingly enough the Russian mob boss looks a bit like Spider-Man‘s J. Jonah Jameson.

Again my issue with violence comes into play with this issue. But while this dragged down Detective Comics last week, violence was what was really needed in this book.

One great thing that made this book a rolling success in my opinion is because it does not dawdle too much on past events nor does it focus on any events that might have loose ends on the past DCU. Rather we get a fresh look at Slade Wilson and how he works.

There’s a lot of great moments for the book and I don’t want to spoil everything for readers. What I can suggest is just pickup the book as this is one of the underdog titles that actually delivers a good, strong story for new readers who has been raked in by the hype for DC Comics.

Verdict: PASS

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Earl Maghirang