“Deathstroke: Year One” continues! To escape the banality of family life, Slade Wilson, the failed soldier and test subject, undertakes his first assassination mission. His target is the last surviving doctor from the experiment that gave him his powers! Slade doesn’t need his heightened senses to tell him something is wrong with all of this…but will his intuition stay his hand when the time comes for the final death stroke?
Comic WatchI'm loving this detour for Deathstroke Inc so far. We've never been given a proper Year One backstory for Deathstroke amidst the many changes to his history, but thankfully Ed Brisson, Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini and Steve Wands are here to take us on this fantastic journey. We can't wait to see how this plays out and how awful Deathstroke will become before the end.
Geek DadTurning the clock back to Deathstroke’s origin while the main character is off doing… very non-protagonist-like things in Dark Crisis, this leisurely start-of-darkness tale is compelling without ever being groundbreaking. Slade has recovered from the bizarre experiment he was part of, but it seems to have dulled his emotions. Now he’s out for revenge—particularly for all the other soldiers who underwent the same program and didn’t make it. After saying goodbye to his family and going on the road with Wintergreen and getting his first battlesuit from Isherwood, he begins a siege on the base where the sole surviving scientist is hiding out. This is very much a conspiracy theory with some great action mixed in, and a surprising guest star in the last act took me by surprise. But while the characterization is very solid, there isn’t really too much that’s new in this. It works as a way to keep the book going, but I don’t know how much life there still is in the title now that the main narrative has concluded.
Lyles Movie FilesArguing about the need for a Year One arc on Deathstroke isn’t fruitful. Marv Wolfman and George Perez already told the definitive origin for Deathstroke decades ago. At best, writer Ed Brisson can only hope to fill in some random details and hope that’s enough to justify this arc. So far, Brisson is doing a fine job with that assignment. If we’re not necessarily getting anything new, Brisson is providing Slade’s story from Slade’s perspective instead of Adeline. It’s a smart approach as it provides some insight into Deathstroke’s mindset as well as further illuminating the bond with Slade and Wintergreen. (...) I’m liking the direction of this Year One storyline and the cliffhanger ending plays into an idea DC has been pushing for years making for a pretty effective and entertaining issue.
Dark Knight NewsDeathstroke Inc. is really starting to find its niche. Previous issues had a continuing arc and storyline, but it got a little confused and distracted as time went on. The “Year One” plot has thus far been excellent, engaging, and stylistically interesting. Further arc details being introduced are going to make Slade’s life more complicated, but I personally welcome the drama we’ll get to see playing out on the page. I’m also looking forward to watching Slade’s morality continue to evolve and become the Deathstroke that we know in the current time of the comic.
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ComicBook.comThe second installment of "Year One" begins to define itself beyond the played out footnotes of Deathstroke's origin when it deploys him on his first mission in costume. The framing around this deployment to kill the scientist who made him a superpowered killer utilizes Slade's narration to offer rationalizations that, at the very least, don't deny the monstrosity of mercenary work. The mission itself plays out in a familiar fashion with explanations prepared for each element of the Deathstroke mythos and MCU-style wisecracks about the outfit's color design. Dexter Soy deploys well-earned splashes that certainly capture the "cool factor" that's always been present in Deathstroke's design, and the subsequent action sequence makes him out to be an imposing menace. That an entire issue dedicated to a single mission performed so effectively ends with only the first notable obstacle being revealed makes it read as being scraped a bit thin, though. Here's hoping to see much more in the third chapter.