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Preview: Deathstroke #3

Deathstroke #3

Written by: Christopher Priest
Art by: Belardino Brabo, Joe Bennett
Cover by: Aco
Variant cover by: Shane Davis

“The Professional” part 3! After Slade discovers that someone has put a contract out on his daughter, Rose Wilson—a.k.a. The Ravager—Deathstroke reluctantly travels to New York City to save her from a deadly ambush.

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Preview: Deathstroke #2

Deathstroke #2

Written by: Christopher Priest
Art by: Jason Paz, Carlo Pagulayan
Cover by: Aco
Variant cover by: Shane Davis

“The Professional” part 2! Deathstroke investigates a connection between Wintergreen’s kidnapping and their old special ops unit to find out which of Slade’s trusted inner circle has betrayed him!

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Joe Manganiello is Deathstroke?

joe-manganielloIt wasn’t too long ago that Ben Affleck teased Deathstroke as part of the live action DC Universe, with news coming soon that the character would be a villain in the next Batman film. Now reports are coming out that Joe Manganiello will be stepping into the armor and taking the role of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke.

The Wall Street Journal says that DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns confirmed the casting in an interview discussing his role with Warner Bros. movies, though no interview was cited and I have yet to turn evidence of that up.

Johns usually tweets this sort of news out, but he’s been quiet on Twitter for a while. Though, Manganiello has Tweeted the WSJ article with “it’s on.”

This isn’t the first time the actor has played a character in a comic film adaptation. Manganiello was Flash Thompson is Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man and Spider-Man 3. He is best known for his role as Alcide on True Blood and as Big Dick Richie in the Magic Mike films.

Ben Affleck Teases Deathstroke

Writer/Director/Actor Ben Affleck lit up the internet earlier today as he shared on his various social network channels what looks like test footage involving the DC Universe villain Deathstroke. Affleck is currently working on a standalone Batman film (which he’s directing and co-writing), so it’s unclear if this footage is involved with that, Justice League, something else entirely, or it’s just one big tease.

Deathstroke first appeared in The New Teen Titans #2 in 29180 and was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. The character’s real name is Slade Wilson and is a superpowered assassin/soldier who wears a rather distinctive suit of armor. The character has also appeared on the television show Arrow where he was last seen locked up in a Supermax prison.

When asked about the character’s return to Arrow, the show’s creator/executive producer Marc Guggenheim said:

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The character currently debuted in his own comic launched by writer Christopher Priest indicating DC may have hopes in pushing the character and lining up we might see more of him in live action. DC has said part of their goal with their recent Rebirth initiative was to make the comics more accessible and line up more with the live action depictions of their characters.

Check out the footage below.

DC Dice Masters: Green Arrow and The Flash Review: Deathstroke Guerilla Warfare and Lt. Colonel

In September, the latest DC Dice Masters set, DC Dice Masters: Green Arrow and The Flash will be released. Wizkids hooked us up with ten booster packs and after an unboxing video, I’m now going over groupings of the cards to discuss their playability and how they stack up to previous versions of the characters.

Next up is Deathstroke (common and rare). I received the two cards out of the ten booster packs.

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Cost – 6 Fist/Shield and 5 Fist/Shield

Affiliation: Villain

Die – Generic/Fist & Shield/Fist & Shield

1 4 4 / 2 5 5 / 3 7 7

Character Previous Set: DC Dice Masters Justice League

First thoughts: Expensive! With a 6 with fist and shield die to purchase the common and 5 with first and shield for the rare and a total of 6 total cost to field the three levels, this is an expensive die. Much more expensive than the previous version which were 4 or 5 to purchase and 5 total cost to field the three levels.

Deathstroke: Guerilla Warfare (Common)

While Deathstroke is active, when you field a FIST or SHIELD character die, Deathstroke gets a +1A and +1D (+2A and +2D if the character is a FIST and SHIELD) (until end of turn).

Thoughts: For a common the card is expensive for what you get. Yes the stats are high, but I just don’t see this one making the field a lot. I’m reading that ability as a 1 time thing, not for each die fielded since it uses the word die and not dice. If that’s not the case, this gets more useful.

Compared to the previous common with Regenerate, I’d probably take that one over this one.

 

Deathstroke: Lt. Colonel (Rare)

Synergy – While Deathstroke is active, during your turn, whenever you could use a Global Ability, you may pay FIST SHIELD to search your bag for an action die and roll it. (The rolled die goes to your Reserve Pool.) (Synergy abilities can be used while the character is active, any time you could use a Global Ability).

Thoughts: Yes please!? Holy crap is this card good. A 5 FIST SHIELD to purchase, this is a card I’m going for early in the game. To be able to seek out an action die is potentially a game changer with an impact on turn four. Big Entrance, purchase this next turn, draw this third turn, buy the action die fourth turn. With some action dice being able to swing games, this is a big ability that should mix things up and has me thinking through what action dice I’m bringing.

 

Final thoughts: The common is a bit blah, but that rare I expect to regularly find in builds. It potentially has a big impact if the dice roll right. Now, to find out what the uncommon is…

Around the Tubes

BLUEREB_Cv1_dsIt was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below.

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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TechCrunch – North Korea launches a Netflix-style streaming service called Manbang – Does it have Kim Jong Il’s films?

CBLDF – Looking Back at a 1980′s Anti-Comics and RPG Crusader’s Campaign – Those were the days.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1

Newsarama – Captain America: Steve Rogers #4

The Beat – Captain America: Steve Rogers #4

Newsarama – Deathstroke #1

Newsarama – The Hellblazer #1

Newsarama – International Iron Man #6

Newsarama – Sixpack and Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #1

Preview: Deathstroke #1

Deathstroke #1

Written by: Christopher Priest
Art by: Jason Paz, Carlo Pagulayan
Cover by: Jason Paz, Carlo Pagulayan
Variant cover by: Shane Davis

“The Professional” part one! Deathstroke’s latest contract takes him to a war-torn African country, where he finds himself caught in the middle of a disintegrating alliance between a ruthless dictator and a deadly super-villain. With an entire nation at stake, Slade Wilson must choose between fulfilling his contract and saving an old friend.

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Review: Deathstroke #1

DS_Cv1_dsDeathstroke’s latest contract takes him to a war-torn African country, where he finds himself caught in the middle of a disintegrating alliance between a ruthless dictator and a deadly super-villain. With an entire nation at stake, Slade Wilson must choose between fulfilling his contract and saving an old friend.

Christopher Priest continues is adventures of Slade Wilson in Deathstroke #1 in an interesting style I go back and forth about. The story is a bit choppy as the issue is broken up into chapters and bounces around in some ways. By the end of the issue, it all makes a lot more sense and comes together, but as I began the issue I found it a bit offputting.

The issue is also a continuation of Deathstroke: Rebirth. It’s really important you read that and if you haven’t you’ll want to start there. This issue doesn’t hold on its own without it, so do yourself a favor and start with Rebirth.

Priest is really focused on Wilson the man, much like he was in Rebirth. It’s a solid move to differentiate this run in many ways and add a lot more depth to a character that has been twisted and turned in many ways. It’s back to basics in some ways and focusing on more than action in many others. An interesting take overall that really lets us get a sense of who Deathstroke is and why he’s more than an anti-hero or straight up villain.

The art by Carlo Pagulayan, inks by Jason Praz, and color by Jeromy Cox is a solid combination that looks great. It isn’t the testosterone fused version that launched with the New 52, and feels more grounded in some ways. There’s still lots of action and sex, but it’s not as over the top as we’ve seen in the past.

The issue is an interesting first issue as it doesn’t stand on its own and really relies on the Rebirth issue, which is good in some ways and bad in others. What it does is set up some potentially interesting things in the future and Priest is giving us something more than a badass with big guns.

Story: Christopher Priest Art: Carlo Pagulayan Inks: Jason Paz Color: Jeromy Cox
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.6 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

SDCC 2016: Christopher Priest talks Deathstroke

Christopher Priest began his comics career in 1982 and ever since he’s paved the way with classic runs on characters such as Conan the Barbarian, Steel, Deadpool, Black Panther, Green Lantern, and more. He co-created Quantum and Wood, Xero, and the Crew and is part of the group that launched Milestone Media, the groundbreaking comic publisher.

This year he returns to comics writing Deathstroke as part of DC Comics‘ Rebirth.

I got to talk to Priest about his return at San Diego Comic-Con 2016.

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