Review: Deathstroke: Rebirth #1

DSKREB_Cv1_dsA thousand enemies, a thousand kills—Deathstroke is the world’s greatest assassin. Stalked by an unseen foe, Slade Wilson is confronted by his own troubled past and challenged to reinvent himself before he loses everything and everyone in his life. Can Deathstroke be redeemed? Or will his addiction to violence destroy him?

Over the last few years Slade Wilson, Deathstroke, has gone through changes as various writers tried to figure out what to do with this high-profile villain. Some of it worked. Some of it didn’t. But, with Deathstroke: Rebirth #1 we get a fresh start courtesy of writer Christopher Priest.

While some writers have dipped Slade’s toes into heroedom, Priest squarely has him as the villain he is and should be. This issue lays things out quite well in a back to basics sort of way. We get a good sense of who Slade Wilson is and more importantly what his code of ethics is.

I think that’s the best thing of the comic. Priest gives us more than the hired killer. While it may feel a bit cliched to have him being a complicated killer, it really works as Priest gives us the rules he works by, but more importantly gives him reasons he lives that way. It’s a solid start that feels like it’s more about morals than the kills.

Artist Carlo Pagulayan gives us some solid art, nothing too flashy as far as action or the use of panels. Instead, there’s a focus on some of the details, especially Wilson’s face which gives away a lot of what he’s thinking. It’s good art.

Priest being back in comics has me excited and here we get a good idea as to what we can expect to come. The issue lays things out for new and old readers alike and more importantly gives us an interesting and complex character to entertain us.

Story: Christopher Priest Art: Carlo Pagulayan
Story: 8.3 Art: 7.8 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review