ByKenn O'Neal, writer at Creators.co
Artist. Writer. Graphic Designer. Twitter: @kennoneal
Kenn O'Neal

This review covers what I've read of Deathstroke so far, which is #1-4. Hopefully I'll come back and be able to continue editing this and add further issues. My own art & writing duties may complicate that, but I'll try!

Okay, before I jump in to the latest incarnation of Deathstroke, as a penciller myself, I'm going to show you some other works done by penciller & writer, Daniel.

Tony Daniel is a creator I've been a fan of for many years now, I believe the first time I saw his artwork was on Gambit and the X-Ternals #1, (below)

Gambit & the X-Ternals #. Daniel's art is on cover & the internal pages.
Gambit & the X-Ternals #. Daniel's art is on cover & the internal pages.

or Spawn # 42 (below), not sure which I had bought first... Either way, I was hooked on his art.

Spawn #42, Tony Daniel's art is both on the cover and throughout the interior.
Spawn #42, Tony Daniel's art is both on the cover and throughout the interior.

Well, since then he's drawn some great Batman stories (Batman: R.I.P., great book, by the way. A cool psychological trip) and both drawn & written others (Batman in Detective Comics [below]). He's also had some creator-owned projects as well, like the Tenth.

Batman in Detective Comics. Same colorist here, Tomeu Morey, that's now with Daniel on Deathstroke.
Batman in Detective Comics. Same colorist here, Tomeu Morey, that's now with Daniel on Deathstroke.

Now, back to Deathstroke: He's taken over both writing duties & pencils on Deathstroke, the book is simply stunning. He's got a great creative team with him on this project, like Sandu Florea on edgy inks, Tomeu Morey on great colors, and Rob Leigh on cool lettering... they're all making it spark!

Without giving too much away, Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) is tossed back and forth between what he's trying to determine is either an alternate reality, or a true reality where he is made younger. WARNING: reading further than this, will definitely give spoilers, but I'll try not to make them too revealing.

During the 2nd book (Eye for an Eye), he is approached by Red Fury, who informs him that he was given a mission so secretive, that he had agreed to take a drug that would give him a week's worth of temporary amnesia. Something he didn't think he'd agree to, but Red Fury assures him that he did indeed take the 25 million in gold for the mission.

In issue 3, Deathstroke can't quite figure out why someone would go through the trouble though, or what the end game is to this objective of theirs. Some things, like his eye, are healed and made whole again, furthering his questions almost to a point of madness. His son, Jericho, also comes into the story as well, as does Odysseus, his father, albeit temporarily. None of them are necessarily on the "same side," Jericho is at odds with Deathstroke, yet also wants to defend him & deathstroke can't wait to off his father. Towards the middle of the issue, Jericho takes off in his own direction. Deathstroke goes on to find some old acquaintances that shine light on other pieces of the evolving puzzle.

Jumping forward to issue 4, Deathstroke's father, Odysseus, makes an appearance yet again, as does Deathstrokes daughter, Rose (AKA Ravager). All pieces of an elaborate puzzle with Odysseus being at the helm of a scheme that requires his grandson, Jericho, to be in link with him in order to magnify his abilities to control an entire nation, or even destroy it, maybe several.

Deathstroke is after his son in issue 4, whom he knows he can more easily track down by finding his daughter who resides in Gotham. Knowing that his son Jericho will undoubtedly go to her, he tracks down Harley Quinn, who temporarily "helps" Deathstroke in trying to find his daughter. If it's not already implied, well there's a certain Dark Knight that's going to have an issue with Deathstroke being in town...

So at my leave off point (as of 3-18-2015) the series is great. I'm enjoying the art, writing, and the colors really set it off with great tone & aren't too bright for the mood.

I can't wait to get to the next issue & I highly recommend this series. It's a great read with some interesting twists & cameos with a cool promise of more awesome things to come in down the road.

I'll try to get back here once I've read issue 5 & let you guys know what's going on once things start going down in Gotham!

Thanks for reading!

~Kenn

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