Another Brick in the Wall
Art by: Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz and Jeromy Cox
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 23, 2016
Deathstroke is one of those books that I enjoy reading, but tend to forget the minute I put it down. Maybe it's because of my lack of background with the character or the fact that Christopher Priest is making me work for my enjoyment, but I just haven't been able to get into this book even as it has gotten better with each passing issue. So, does this issue break the mold, wow me and thus make me crave the next issue immediatley. Let's find out...
The issue begins with Superman in a meet and greet with Adeline Kane. Yea, that's who you think it is (if not, look it up!) and because of that, it's not shocking she wants Supes to take care of her ex-husband. After a bit of negotiating (actually, Superman wants no part of it at first) and some good old fashioned blackmail, Superman agrees and it's off to the races.
We then see Jericho and his continuing rotating bed of dudes and after getting some Icon Suit information, we see him save some kids from a fire. Yep, it seems he isn't so horrible deep down inside, but you just know that isn't going to last.
He then catches up with Rose and after a very dated O.J. joke, we get some more cringe worthy jokes coupled with what Slade's kids really think of him. It's not good.
Meanwhile, Slade ends up going home again, but like we find out so many times in life, you can never go home again. I guess what I'm being cheeky about is that it isn't his home anymore and his ex-wife really wants him dead.
A fight ensues, but when somewhat cooler heads prevail, Deathstroke wants answers and he finds them out. Seriously, these are answers that we've been waiting for since the beginning of this series and we get them here. Maybe we don't get them all, but we get plenty.
As we continue with Deathstroke raiding a ship, we also see him pay a visit to Luis' mother and find out that things are not as clear cut as they seemed. I'm talking Maury Povich, you are NOT the father stuff.
After a couple of major characters get a phone message asking who they work for, Superman shows up , but we have to wait until next week to get that 411. I can't wait!
This was about as straightforward as a Deathstroke book is going to be. I am still a bit confused about things right now, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know that Christopher Priest is a great writer so I expect this book to keep getting better and better.
Carlo Pagulayan's art is really good. Without any real action,though, it's got to be tough, but he comes through with flying colors.
Bits and Pieces:
This is a pretty big issue of Deathstroke. We find out who's behind all of his troubles and it's pretty cool and makes total sense. The story and art are both above average, but for some reason, I fear I'm going to forget this issue like the rest.