Written By: Christopher Priest
Penciled By: Carlos Pagulayan
Inked By: Jason Paz
Colored By: Jeromy Cox
Lettered By: Willie Schubert
Slade Wilson is Deathstroke the Terminator. The most lethal assassin in the DC Universe. And after an attempt to do better in the world has failed, he returns to doing the one thing he knows how. Hunting. The only problem now is that his hunt has led him into the path of the Batman. After the Caped Crusader finds some shocking information, he now hunts for the hunter. Let’s see if it’s a good read.
What you missed: Nothing really. Defiance, the superhero team Deathstroke and his ex-wife were leading has been abolished, and now Slade is back to a life of hunting. Nothing major. Now on to the breakdown!
Alright so get this, the two British assistants of Batman and Deathstroke are drinking buddies! It’s crazy how no one thought to do this before seeing as prior to the New 52, the original Wintergreen was just a clone of Alfred, now with Wintergreen being a retired spy and handler of Slade’s it only makes sense to have both him and Alfred share a pint. As they do they mill over both of their “Benefactors” and their dangerous lifestyles. Just as that is occurring, Batman receives information that…Apparently, Damian Wayne isn’t his son? AND HE’S SLADE’S?!
Oh geez. So from there, Batman confronts Slade by luring him out using one of his targets as bait, and after a freefall, we discover that Slade already knew about the test done on Damian and it’s apparently false? But the Dark Knight isn’t buying it just yet…
Opinions and Such:
This is a very strong start to a new arc from Priest. So far the past 29 issues have gone to show that the adventures of Slade Wilson and his merry band of spies and children can hold. Now with this new tale hinting at the even idea of Robin being his kid, which we know isn’t true…is it? We know that at least for the next 6 issues, it’ll tell an action-packed story. One thing that kind of blurred the lines of continuity yet again from DC, is a flashback interview? with Dick Grayson Robin in what appeared to be his original Robin suit. Which is odd because the New 52 one has been the one declared to be canon by both the current Titans comics and today’s issue of Batman. So oops?
The art is…very expressive. In a good way. Carlos Pagulayan does a very good job of showing the expressions of these characters even in the interview with Slade’s son Jericho who’s face is entirely covered. one specific thing of note is the highway scene where the thugs unleash a barrage on the Batmobile and it is beautifully well done. If Pagulayan is on for this entire arc I can’t wait to see how the rest hold’s up.