Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Deathstroke #47 Review

The Deathstroke Of Old

Written By: Christopher Priest
Art By: Fernando Pasarin, Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, Cam Smith, Wade Von Grawbadger, Jeremy Cox, Willie Schubert
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 4, 2019

Deathstroke is dead and because of that the offer from Lex Luthor went to Jericho, who with this new power has some good intentions, but that's what the road to hell is paved with and even though we know Joey to be a heroic character, I think all of this power has straight up gone to his head.  If that wasn't enough to keep you reading Deathstroke....... Well, it also looks like Slade might have appeared out of thin air in Rose and Hosun's apartment at the end of last issue........ which I'm sure will be a problem for a lot of people in the DCU.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

While we do spend a lot of time just watching Jericho flying around and saving people, punishing bullies and stopping wars, this part of the story is the least interesting part that we've got going on here because while yes you are seeing how powerful Jericho is with his new power set and all the good he can accomplish, you also get to see that he's probably going about it the wrong way and playing right into Lex Luthor's hands of Doom............ But, all of this and Rose and Red Arrow confronting one another mean nothing compared to the idea that Slade Wilson is alive.

That's right, Slade's back and while you might be mad that I spoiled that, it was in the solicit and at the end of last issue, but don't worry because this reveal means nothing to what actually happens in this book and what Slade's return will mean to the DCU.  There's a lot of stories going on in this issue and while they are all fine in their own right, even a strange murder mystery that starts this issue off and continues on the final page with a huge reveal, none of these compare to what you get with Slade waking up confused and trying to get filled in by a not very surprised Hosun.  It's funny, it's scary, it's everything I would want out of Slade coming back from the dead under mysterious means. 

All in all, we spend a lot of time with Jericho having new powers and trying to wrestle with the Justice/Doom possibilities that are before him and while that was a cool addition to last issue, I feel like we got too much of that and pretty much everything else that wasn't Slade's confused resurrection.  That's where this issue really shines and while the rest of the segments of this issue feel like normal fare you'd usually get out of Deathstroke, they are getting kind of old at this point and don't seem to be going anywhere interesting.  Like usual, I love the art in this book and think that everything plays really well with each other, even with the large amount of contributors.  Man though, I need to see how this Slade bit works out going forward.

Bits and Pieces:

For a lot of this issue you get the normal players of this book continuing their stories, which is fine enough, even if it's getting a little stale at this point, but it's the return of Deathstroke that really brings the enjoyment factor of this issue up because it's out of nowhere with its depiction and it's interesting as hell with what this could mean for the character going forward.



  1. I got the impression that Slade might have been from a different timeline. Like maybe from the pre-flashpoint timeline or something. He mentioned that Raven sent him there. Does anyone know what the final appearance of Slade was before Flashpoint? Was he defeated by Raven throwing him into a portal or something?

    1. I got the idea that it was sometime after the first year of Geoff Johns' Teen Titans run in 2003. At that point Jericho was dead and Wintergreen had just died at the beginning of that.

    2. Worst part is, getting ready for the podcast I realized that all of my theories were blown out of the water because of him calling Damian's phone looking for his son and talking about drowning Rose.