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Series: The New 52
Also in this series: Batman/Superman Vol. 1: Cross World, Batman/Superman Vol. 2: Game Over, Pure Insanity
Published by DC Comics on June 23rd 2015
Genres: Action, Comic, Graphic Novel
Slade Wilson is the world’s deadliest assassin. His reputation doesn’t just precede him, it’s his most important asset. So when Slade is betrayed by his trusted friend and handler and left for dead, the world thinks Deathstroke has finally been terminated. Slade’s most valuable possession has been taken from him.Amazon •
Now, the world’s deadliest assassin has awoken with a completely different face and a completely new mission: find the man who arranged for his death, and who is building an army that will threaten every nation on Earth. Find Odysseus.
But as Slade hunts Odysseus, Odysseus hunts the one man who will unlock his ultimate power and ultimate victory. And all three have one thing in common-a shared history that could destroy Deathstroke’s new life before he even has a chance to build it!
Writer/artist Tony Daniel (DETECTIVE COMICS) carves a new path for the DC Universe’s deadliest killer…and newest hero? DEATHSTROKE: GODS OF WAR collects issues #1-6.
Mature-Content Rating: Violence, Language, Sexual Content
Now… what exactly happened here? I have no idea. Apparently the old Slade wasn’t good enough so they killed him off and resurrected him as a young hottie. Why? I can’t really say. Appealing to a sex crazed audience?
Anyway, moving on. I do like cameos from other villains/heroes, but the number of characters shoved in this comic was ridiculous! Let’s try to count them off, shall we? Batman, Harley Quinn, Lady Shiva, Bronze Tiger, Slade’s son Jericho, Slade’s daughter Rose, Slade’s father Odysseus, I Ching, several new characters, mention of Ra’s al Ghul, and appearances of the league of assassins. I’m sure I’ve left out more, and remember, this is only a 144 page comic! Though I do have to say Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad and Batman deserve a star of their own for their rolls in this comic. Can’t beat the Bat.
On the the plot. Plot, what plot? I can’t find it! Let’s make Slade’s daddy evil and give his son psychic powers. Oh, and Odysseus wants to feed off of Jericho’s powers! Why? Well, we’ll figure that out later. Let’s just let Slade go wild and crazy with all the thugs we throw at him.
Honestly, I couldn’t follow the “plot” very well at all. I’m pretty sure I got the idea of what Daniel was trying to do, but it wasn’t executed well at all. However, he did do a great job with the art; especially the fight against Batman (which I don’t think really had a purpose in the comic other than to see Slade fight Batman). So, if you’re expecting a great plot to follow, find another comic. If you’re looking for pretty pictures, this might work for you.