Art by: Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 29, 2015
Slade and Diana's Bogus Journey
The two are immediately attacked by demons and while their banter is a bit cliched, the action scenes are pretty damn cool. In a book that has made it's mark on decapitations and limb severing, the gore is pretty tame here. Granted, it's still more than most books, but I'm used to gallons of blood per panel. Just when it looked as if it might be the end for our heroes, the demons run away...and a bigger monster arrives. It's a monstrosity of human remains and it's awesome. To quote another one of my favorite movies, they are forced to "run away!"
This is when the book steers into Bill and Ted Territory. As they escape, they are separated and find themselves in their own individual hells. It's a cool concept, I just wish we learned something new about Deathtroke and Wonder Woman. Deathstroke's bit shows that he blames himself for how his children turned out is afraid they will always hate him. Diana is afraid that being the God of war will bring only destruction and loneliness to her life. Of course, it's all a trick played by Lapetus and when they realize it and work together, they kick major ass and get back to Paradise Island. The issue ends with Deathstroke and Wonder Woman rejoining the battle between Lapetus and the Amazons, only a little bit from when the issue started.
I said it above, but it bears repeating...this issue was unnecessary. It ends pretty much where it began and while I liked seeing Slade and Diana become more of a team, it shouldn't have taken an over sized annual to do it. This is the purest definition of a filler issue that I've seen since I started reviewing comics. Now that I got that off my chest, I'll tell you something else...I didn't hate it. I liked Tyler Kirkham's art and since I am a fan of both Wonder Woman and Deathstroke, I enjoyed seeing them work through their inner fears. I just wish we got something more meaningful for the cover price.
Bits and Pieces:
This issue was pure filler and doesn't push the God Killer story forward one bit. However, I love both Deathstroke and Wonder Woman and having them together is worth something in itself. The story revolves around their inner fears and while I love me a good Bogus Journey, the revelations were hardly surprising. I did enjoy Tyler Kirkham's art, but I can't recommend this issue since nothing much happens. Just hold tight until the God Killer story continues in the regular Deathstroke book.