Well, I was a fan of Deathstroke(for the most part...) before the DC reboot, here's hoping this series gives us the killer, bad-ass Deathstroke, not the manipulative, team player Deathstroke...
What Happened: Just to remind us who exactly Deathstroke is, this issue opens with Deathstroke(Slade Wilson) killing a bunch of armed men in Moscow in order to assassinate his target. Deathstroke's contact, Christoph, gets Slade an assassination job, but there are two catches... The first is that Slade has to work with three newbie mercenaries, the second is that Slade has to do the assassination while the target, an arms dealer, was on-board an airplane. Slade goes through with the mission, and upon getting onto the airplane carrying the arms dealer, kills a few bio-weapons, which leads to the arms dealer handing Slade a suitcase. The mystery contents of the suitcase seems to momentarily surprise Slade, but he regains his composure, drops an explosive on the plane, and jumps out right before it blows up. Later on, Slade kills the mercs he was forced to do the mission with before showing Christoph the contents of the suitcase. Christoph seems surprised by the contents, and tells Slade that “they” didn't think Slade could handle himself on the field anymore. This issue ends with Slade declaring that he had some work to do to prove “them” wrong.
The Good: Um, everything? Seriously, I had no complaints here. I mean the only real complaint I DID have was that those mercenaries were annoying, but Deathstroke took care of them for me, eliminating that particular gripe. Slade was the ultra-serious, uber-cool bad-ass he SHOULD be here. There was no fooling around with children, or manipulating junkies. It was Slade killing the hell out of people and proving why he was called the Terminator.
The Bad: I was a bit annoyed that we never saw what the suitcase Slade got from the arms dealer contained. It was never really made clear why “they” thought Slade had lost a step. Was it because he had done some bodyguard work? Was it because he failed some big mission or something? That was never revealed.
The Verdict: This was, by FAR, my favorite rebooted DC series thus far. It told us who Deathstroke was, and set the stage for future issues. On top of that, it was a great read with really good art. This is the first DC comic I've read since the reboot that I'd say was great. Not really good, but great. This series is definitely a keeper.
Score: 9 1/2 out of 10.There's the Deathstroke I know and love!