Review: Deathstroke #1
Submitted by: Theresa Stier, Comic News Writer
10 August 2016
Ever since I started watching Arrow and Deathstroke was introduced, I've become a fan of the character. Therefore, I was very excited to read “Deathstroke: The Professional Prologue,” by Priest and artist Calo Pagulayaa. What stood out to me first was the black panel with white text. It gave me an independent film vibe, which I was not expecting to get when reading this. This issue jumps between the present and the past. The past is Slade out on a camping trip with his sons and Wintergreen. We're not really sure why we're getting a glimpse into his past at first, but it's cleared up at the end when we see Wintergreen again.
The present is Slade getting to The Camp of Al Lajna. He pretends to be dead as two men, who have a contract with Deathstroke that he would protect their families, drive him to the camp. Of course, he's not dead and kills the men on guard in the camp. As he runs off (to what we assume is him running to get Al Lajna), this is where he encounters Wintergreen.
It's definitely going to be interesting to see how Slade is going to react, seeing someone from his past and someone that he's after. Slade is definitely not one for small talk or one that wants to chat about old times, especially when this person is the one that Slade is after.
The Verdict: It's a very intriguing first issue. It's going to be interesting to see how Slade reacts to seeing someone from his past and I'm looking forward to seeing more action scenes with Deathstroke in the next issue.