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Deathstroke #11 Review

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 Deathstroke #11 cover by Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey

Deathstroke #11 cover by Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey

Deathstroke has been a book that has gone on a pretty wild ride in it’s first ten issues. We saw Slade Wilson de-aged (or made young again- however you want to say it) and then got to see the Terminator go toe-to-toe (more or less) with a God. Things got messy there, and Slade came away a little more grizzled than I was expecting. The story has taken a decidedly more street level approach with this issue (and the arc as a whole, im guessing) where Deathstroke goes on a quest to rescue his lost daughter, and to reunite with his Suicide Squad buddies in a concentrated effort to take down Amanda Waller, aka “The Wall” the woman who runs the Belle Reve prison (buddies is a stretch- they don’t really like eachother at all…).

This issue opens with some good background on the Belle Reve superhuman prison, which may be a new concept for newer readers who didn’t come over from Suicide Squad. We are then treated to what is probably my favorite splash page ive seen in QUITE some time (which, with the amount of comic books I read, is really saying something). The art is just superb on that page, and the rest of the book at that- the detail in the textures of Deathstroke’s chainmail armor, and the stealth-tech wings he is flying in on are equally well done, but very contrasting.

The current timeline story, of Deathstroke breaking into Belle Reve is punctuated with the backstory of Deathstroke finding out his daughter was under attack, then possibly murdered, then potentially kidnapped- and the kidnapper left a note claiming responsibility, from Harley Quinn. So that is where things tie back into Slade’s time in the Suicide Squad, and the stories merge- Deathstroke breaks into the prison, and attempts to strongarm information out of Harley, only to find out she wasn’t actually the one leaving Slade his breadcrumbs to follow.

At this point, the story goes all coco-banana-bonkers: Deathstroke and Deadshot get into a punchfight, Harley watches and cheers them on, a shadowy character called “Pruitt” enters Amanda Waller’s office and takes out her bodyguards and, seemingly, takes her down as well. The last page reveal in this story was quite a unique one, and I really didn’t see that character being involved in this story- and quite possibly the person who masterminded this whole “prison break-in” scenario as well…

The artwork in this book is fantastic, the story was solid and well-paced, so I felt better about reading this book after the less-than-stellar outing that Godkiller was. I liked Godkiller, don’t get me wrong, but it could have been so much more. I think that this series is headed in a good direction, because Slade works well with some of the anti-hero and villain types on the second tier of DC’s roster. Things with Deadshot and Harley aren’t over for Deadshot yet, and things just seem to be heating up in Belle Reve, so I will definitely be back here next month to see how Deathstroke gets himself out of this dilly of a pickle…