The first DC book I'm reading this week? None other than Deathstroke! The first issue of Deathstroke was one of my favorite rebooted titles, so I'm expecting relatively good things from this issue. Although the cover doesn't look very promising...
What Happened: Deathstroke, still toting the mysterious suitcase from last issue, meets with the man who gave him the job that led him to the suitcase. The man doesn't tell Deathstroke who was behind the suitcase job, so Deathstroke goes on a killing rampage while the man runs for his life. After killing a mess of people and destroying a highway, Deathstroke kills the man before threatening a cameraman. With that he tells his associate Christoph that there should be plenty of jobs rolling in for him on account of the destruction he caused, but is still a bit pissed that he was no closer to discovering who was behind the suitcase job.
The Good: This comic was a blazingly fast read! I mean I probably polished it off in under 5 minutes! Deathstroke killed lots and lots of people, thus solidifying his bad-ass credentials. The threat to the cameraman was a smart ploy to drum up business.
The Bad: We STILL don't have the slightest idea what's in the suitcase, nor do we know why everybody's eyes bug out when they see the contents. At this point the reveal is going to be quite underwhelming. Besides establishing that yes, Deathstroke is indeed a stone cold killer, this issue didn't give us anything else. If you didn't read this comic you really didn't miss much. What the hell kind of reporter and cameraman would go walking up to Deathstroke after he murdered an entire highway?!
The Verdict: I liked this comic, but didn't love it... There wasn't enough meat here for me. Sure, it's always fun when Slade goes on one of his patented killing sprees, but I can't say the story was advanced in any significant manner. So while this was a fun way to kill like 3 minutes, that's about all it was.
Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.Yep, Deathstroke is still a killing machine.