Slade Wilson’s blood-drenched past and exploits are well chronicled, but how did Slade become the infamous assassin and mercenary known as Deathstroke? What dark turns did his life take that set him on the path of destruction that would tear his family apart? Find out as “Deathstroke: Year One” begins…
Dark Knight NewsDeathstroke Inc. #10 is more than adequate. There’s a lot more to discuss in relation to the story, but it could become very spoiler-heavy and honestly, a lot of what readers want to know probably won’t be revealed until the next few issues come out. I found this issue fascinating, well-drawn, and a great set-up for the further story of “Year One”. Hopefully this issue’s team will keep up the wonderful work. My one criticism is that it’s highly dialogue-based, not leaving much room for action. Of course, action isn’t always necessary to make a comic good or entertaining, but it just seems rather unusual for an issue of Deathstroke Inc. to not have a ton of violence and instead involve a lot of talking. Also, it’s odd that Slade’s not shown in his costume or with a sword at all. He was obviously someone before he became Deathstroke, but it just felt a little strange! I’m looking forward to finding out more about the grey anti-hero and understanding more about what makes him tick.
Comic WatchWhile a bit of a slow start, Deathstroke: Year One is certainly another big step forward in further understanding the psyche of Slade Wilson. Ed Brisson's writing is great and personal, Dexter Soy and Veronica Gandinis art and colors carry forth the emotional weight of the book. As a new jumping on point for the Deathstroke character, this isnt a bad place to start at all!
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Lyles Movie FilesAlthough hardly essential reading, Brisson and Soy do their best to add some wrinkles and layers to the classic Deathstroke origin. Theyre off to a decent start even if feels largely unnecessary.
Weird Science DC ComicsDeathstroke Inc. #10 is the start of a by-the-numbers Year One story that most can skip. Why? Well, for now, there is nothing new or interesting going on in this paint-by-numbers issue. It looks good, but the cliche-filled narrative makes it feel like it's only here to extend the life of this book while Dark Crisis is going on.
ComicBook.comFollowing the events of "Shadow War," Deathstroke Inc. #10 returns to a very familiar well: the origins of Deathstroke. This issue covers the government experimentation, early outings, and first mercenary contract accepted by Slade Wilson – all ground covered repeatedly in past series focused upon Deathstroke or the Teen Titans. The problem with this story isn't that it's retreading territory, but that it finds nothing novel to explore in that terrain. It is a rehash of an origin without great pathos or depth stretched far too thin, including multiple unearned and uninspiring splashes. There are no notable ties to the recent events and losses impacting Deathstroke or threads that trace back to the much more enticing premise this series was introduced with. Everything about this sequence is stale, albeit competently depicted. By the final page when it's made clear this retelling will continue with issue #11, the only question that remains is what exactly is the purpose of this flashback?