Brandon – Deathstroke is unarguably one of the best villains to ever be. He has single-handedly taken down the Justice League! So hearing he was getting his own title in the new 52 had me excited to say the least. It’s not the villain book I was hoping for, but it’s still a good read. It looks like this book will be focusing more on his assassin/hit-man jobs than being a menace to costumed heroes, which is fine by me. As the book states in the first page, he’s a badass. After finishing the book, I’d have to agree. Between what I’m sure will be an ultra violent book, and the straight up homage to Tarantino mystery of “what the hell does he have in that briefcase?” I will definitely be picking up issue two. 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
Jim – I will state this with every review I write for the DC Relaunch, I’m a Marvel guy so I know very little of the DC world beyond the heavy hitters (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, etc.), and even to that end I have not kept up with their latest story lines. I found the recent relaunch extremely enticing in that I might find a better connection with these characters. I know absolutely zilch about Deathstroke. Sorry diehard fans, that’s just the way it goes. But after this book, that all changes! Holy crap I love this guy! I’m pretty sure if you look up the definition of badass, it’s just a picture of Deathstroke. And he’s different from one of my all time favorite mercs in the Marvel Universe, Deadpool, in that he’s more of the actions-speak-louder-than-words type of guy. I usually love the banter, but it works tremendously well going in the exact opposite direction with Deathstroke. He starts off with a fight, gets hired to fight with a new team, then ends a fight leaving one survivor. How could you not love that? I highly recommend you check out this title; I’m sure glad I did. I give this book 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
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You guys obviously love senseless violence a lot more than I do. Deadpool is interesting because his witty banter disguises self-loathing. Deathstroke (while I too know little about him) seems to be most interesting when he is tormented. AS is any violent killer (see Punisher and Wolverine). Until this book brings that into play, it’s just more of the same. Blood and severed body parts. Yawn. I want characters to be invested in. I cared nothing about the young partners he slaughtered and even less about Deathstroke himself.