So Deathstroke, what is his deal. Ultra badass mercenary in the DC universe. The Anti-Batman if you will, where a rich man fights good by becoming a merc for hire. The prototype for Deadpool. But lately his comic has been well, not the greatest. Since the Nu 52 as the kids call it, Deathsstroke has been given the chance to shine in one of the few villains to get a solo title, due to the fact I guess he isn’t oturight evil in some cases, and is just evil for hire. His first run was a bit of a mess. The first 8 issues was rather interesting, and dealt with Deathstroke going through a midlife crisis of sorts.
And you know what? It was fairly decent as well, and dealt with consequences of ones actions. Was it violent? Heck yeah it was, with one person even getting a broken Jack Daniels bottle stuck in their eye. It was perhaps too violent. After that, things derailed with Lobo fighting Slade, and then some confusing nonsense with Slade’s children coming back to life and a former boss trying to kill him. The new series was more streamlined, but just as silly.
Slade becomes young again after an attack left him so badly beaten he needed to call I-Ching in for help. Some one is targeting his son and daughter and it turns out it’s his father, who is trying to take over the world using a cult or some thing. It’s a bit of a mess story wise but the fights are impressive and well paced, the fight with batman is rather impressive in terms of pacing and art work, it just lacks a certain some thing. The lastest arc, where some one kills his daughter Rose just goes on and on with no clear direction, as if it was spinning wheels waiting for the Rebirth to happen. It’s not bad, but it just feels to take for ever with little pay off.
With Deathstrokes rebirth coming hope I am hoping to get a decent take on the character. He sort of falls into the Lex Luthor category, some one who could be good if they put their mind to it but choose not to, for various reasons. In fact the more interesting take on Deathstroke could be him being challenged to make the world a better place but not murdering everyone inside of it. I mean it’s not really the most original story line, considering Captain Cold and Lex Luthor did it themselves, but it’ll add a layer to a character who is famous for the amount of ass he can kick, which is a lot.
Deathstroke’s is part of the new Rebirth line up and I have to say, it’s a lot better then the previous versions. Written by Slade’s return to old age has been hand waived away and we see a deadlier version. When who isn’t incumbent with family ties, but a strong moral code of the contract. It’s violent but good, and it’s what Deathstroke should be. If you’re a fan of the character you may not be disappointed. As it stands, this is back to basics. Is it ground breaking, not really but is it fine? Yes it is.