Alright, here's an interesting comic book... I enjoyed the HELL out of the first issue of this series. It did EXACTLY what the DC reboot needed to do. It took a character that had become stale and revitalized him. Instead of leading around The Worst Titans Ever, Deathstroke had become a MEGA bad-ass again, killing suckas left and right. And then the second issue dropped. And it was more of the same. And then the third issue came out. And it was the exact same thing... The first issue established Slade as a beast, it did it's job perfectly. We don't need the same comic book ad nauseam! Hopefully this issue actually has more than the regular, “Slade takes a job, has minor difficulty and then dismembers people.” Oh yeah, and if we don't get to find out what's in that suitcase, I'm going to be mighty pissed...
What Happened: Deathstroke takes a job(killing a prison warden IN his prison), has minor difficulty and then dismembers people... What? That's pretty much what happened! Bottom line though, Slade makes good and kills the warden and escapes the prison. From there he gives his ally, Christoph some time off, at least until Slade is met by his tech man, Peabody. Peabody, having examined the contents of the suitcase, returns and tells Slade that the contents appeared to be genuine. And what are the contents? The mask and knife used by Slade's son, Ravager(!!!). Peabody points Slade to the Blackhawks(specifically one named Attila), so that's where Slade goes. Slade manages to track down Attila, but it seems Attila doesn't know anything about Ravager, Attila was only interested in shutting down Peabody. Meanwhile, somebody breaks into Christoph's home and stabs him in the eye with a big knife as a message for Slade.
The Good: The good? We finally discovered what was in that goddamn suitcase! That's the good! Not only that, but it was something relatively interesting. For the most part, the story was good, as was the art. The first half of this comic was really quite enjoyable. The ending with Christoph was interesting and should lead to a VERY angry Slade when he finds out what happened.
The Bad: Unfortunately, the second half of this comic was less enjoyable... The Peabody/Blackhawks stuff didn't really lead anywhere or make much sense.
The Verdict: I really liked this issue. It seems that I can simply turn my brain off when I read an issue of this series and just drift through all of the senseless violence without having to really think too hard about stuff. Every now and then, it's good to have a comic like that to just veg out on. Add finally finding out what was in the suitcase, and the fact that the contents actually could lead to something interesting, and I'm a happy camper. See, I don't ask for too much!
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.Well, it wasn't a mini Wally West, but it wasn't that bad either.