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Deathstroke #6

by Batmanaruto on November 09, 2016

Writer: Christopher Priest
Artist: Carlo Pagulayan
Colorist: Jeremy Cox

Deathstroke by Christopher Priest is a book, that seems to intentionally try to lose you, and then once you get to the end, you are either more confused than you went in, or you are seeing things more clearly. Now that may sound like bad writing, but in fact it’s actually what really makes the book great. Leaving off last issue, we were not sure who was the assassin who was trying to kill Rose, and whether or not it was Deathstroke that put the hit out on his daughter, this issue answers this.

However that isn’t it, as we are introduced to present day Jericho, and although I know that Jericho can take control of others, Priest doesn’t really make this clear to new readers, until the end. We are also not always so sure if it is Jericho talking, or if the character is talking for themselves, which does make the book seem confusing at times.

Meanwhile Deathstroke and Wintergreen are rescuing the Red Lion, who is actually Matthew the dictator from the first few issues. I personally loved the way that Priest manages to tie parts of the book, back into the previous issues, and also name drops a character, giving the book the sense of it tying back into the wider DC continuity.

Pagulayan returns for art and whilst Bennett’ s art was really good, Bennett seems to do the quieter moments really well, moments with less action, whilst Pagulayan shows the action in a way that feels more fluent.

However other than the end, of the book, this issue struggles to push the story forward. The issue has a lot of action and a lot of talking but there doesn’t feel like much of a shift in the book, storywise. Especially since the next issue is Superman vs Deathstroke and the events in this book seem like it would be hard to actually get to that stage. However we will have to see. Another complaint I do have is that Priest either hints or gives us the reason that the assassin hates Deathstroke, but the reasoning is barely fulfilling and seems extremely petty.

In conclusion Deathstroke #6 is still a good issue, as it does show us what Priest has been trying to say since the first issue, the message that Deathstroke is a villain and is good at what he does, this is even emphasized more in this issue, in the conversation between Red Lion and the assassin. Even the complaints I’ve given is because of the fact that we have not yet seen the next issue, and it may fix my complaints. I would still say pick up this book and pick up the previous one as this is still one heck of a series.

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