Published: February 7th, 2018
Written by: Christopher Priest
Art by: Diogenes Neves, John Trevor Scott, Jeromy Cox, Ryan Sook (cover)
DC Comics, 57 Pages
I guess it’s worth noting that this is my 1500th published post! Holy balls, that’s a lot in 19 months!
I picked up the two issues that make up this story arc (Deathstroke issues 28 and 29), as I wanted a lead-in for the six-part Deathstroke Vs. Batman story that is going on right now. However, I probably should have read Deathstroke: Defiance before this, as this serves as sort of an epilogue to that.
While I feel like comic books, even if they are a part of a larger arc, should still stand on their own, you should be able to pick up any issue and enjoy it.
This two-issue arc is decent but it relies a lot on the reader having knowledge of the previous plot threads. That’s fine and these books do a good job of referencing which issues to refer back to but I didn’t know most of the characters or their relation to Slade Wilson a.k.a. Deathstroke. And while I love Deathstroke, I haven’t read his current ongoing series until now.
This had good art though and I did like the book overall, even if I felt like a fish out of water that fell back into a pond only for it to be a new and strange pond.
This would have been a better experience had I read the stuff before it. And I guess that’s sort of what’s the norm with how comic books are written these days, as everything is larger arcs and made more for the trade paperback market.
Still, I will have to pick up the issues that make up the Deathstroke Vs. Batman arc once it concludes.
Pairs well with: Deathstroke: Defiance and Deathstroke Vs. Batman.