Deathstroke #1

Deathstroke #1

Writer: Tony S. Daniel Artist: Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 22, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 14
7.7Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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The DCU's deadliest assassin stars in his own ongoing series by writer/artist Tony S. Daniel! See him as never before in this explosive new series, with one surprise after another as we see Slade Wilson in the fight of his life!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 22, 2014

    Deathstroke is back and is making up for lost time. Tony Daniel delivers a smart and violent first issue for the deadly mercenary. We see a little on how Deathstroke operates and gains intel on his missions. Once the action begins, its pretty much exactly what youd want to see. Daniel gives us plenty of over the top action scenes with plenty of violence but it never feels too gratuitous. Its not all action shots and blood as we learn there is something coming out of Deathstrokes past he was unaware of. We also get a pretty crazy ending that will definitely make peoples attention perk up. Its great having an action book with substance and plenty of detail. The hard part will be waiting for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Oct 30, 2014

    I've been familiar with Slade since The New Teen Titans and he's just as awesome in this new series. Lots of action with incredible art will satisfy all action junkies. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Rhymes With Geek - TJ Heilman Oct 24, 2014

    There is not really much more to say, go buy it and read this issue, I am 90% sure you will like it (not everyone is a Deathstroke fan, it's OK I am hunting them). Serious though, you will want to be part of this universe changing issue, what Tony Daniel has planned must be epic for this to be issue #1. I will be picking up the rest of the arc at least to see how and why Slade was rebooted so to speak. Man I really thought Possum was going to be joke of a villain and he ended up dominating Slade for a good bit, even had a solid plan to take him out until it failed horribly. This series showed a lot of potential with its dbut issue, and if it keeps following the path it is on it will be something big. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Oct 24, 2014

    Here's the bottom line: if you're looking for some nonstop bloody thrills, then this is your book. Daniel emphasizes the point that Deathstroke is a one-man killing crew, and the man can take a beating, too. What makes Daniel's writing strong is that you don't need to have any prior knowledge of the character, so this is the perfect jumping on point. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Oct 24, 2014

    While this is mainly a set up issue, this is an excellent and fun start to a new series that is worthy of its star. Hopefully Daniel will have a roller coaster of a story in store for us, because this isn't the most in-depth issue. What it is an action packed opening to what will be a visual treat as Slade Wilson cuts a bloody swath through the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Oct 24, 2014

    If you are looking for a new Deathstroke series then this one isn't all that bad really. It suffers from being confusing in a few places and with the supporting cast not being all that memorable, but it is all still good enough to continue on with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Oct 24, 2014

    Deathstroke, despite some flaws in terms of character, is going to be an action heavy book and as long as Daniels artwork stays as good as it is, its going to be recommended from this reviewer. Like you would expect from a first issue, its a good jumping on point for new readers and itll be interesting to see where it goes from here as next months installment teases the Secret Past of Slade Wilson, giving plenty of options for Daniel to explore. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Ig Oct 28, 2014

    If this first issue is any indication, expect great things from this title. With a slight 'reboot' at the end of the issue, there's plenty to sink your teeth into and discuss with your fellow apostles and geeks everywhere... Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Nuts - Jef Mendoza Oct 27, 2014

    There is not much story or plot in this issue but the action is intense. This is a case of the less is better. This fills my gap of action anti-hero who enjoys the deaths that he strokes. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Oct 22, 2014

    Deathstroke #1 is a good comic, but perhaps not for everyone. It really depends on how much you really like the character, how much intense violence you can stomach and if you want a pure grade action story instead of a superhero action kind of tale. While not particularly my bag, I can definitely recommend it to people looking for any of those aspects and can attest to the decent writing and intense visuals. Give it a shot and see if this is the bloodbath for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 22, 2014

    While this is the first solo title to be granted a second shot at success in the "New 52," "Deathstroke" #1 is a strong showing with plenty of intrigue, action and promise. Daniel brings a whole lot of destruction and pain, making this easily one of the goriest single issues since 2011, but the mayhem suits Deathstroke, and Deathstroke suits Daniel much better than his other efforts within the New 52 to this point. This isn't the be-all, end-all perfect introduction to Deathstroke, but it certainly is a great start for a new beginning, especially if you require blood and fire with your Deathstroke adventures. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Marlene Bonnelly Oct 23, 2014

    Crowded, obnoxious speech bubbles and cheesy dialogue aside, I want to read more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Latest Pull - Cory Robinson Oct 25, 2014

    If you are a Deathstroke fan or a fan of the previous run especially by Kyle Higgins, then you should pick this issue up. Overall it's a decent issue that you're either going to like, or not give a crap about. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Oct 30, 2014

    As far as story goes, there isn't a whole lot new in terms of ideas. Deathstroke is given an assassination job, much like the ones he's had plenty of times before that lead him into a setup that becomes a little more than expected and also more then he can handle. It's pretty common for assassin or hit-man stories to have this type of formula, but that doesn't mean it's bad. I was still excited to read the story as it led to it's surprising and crazy cliffhanger, that will hopefully not lead to a permanent change for the character. The idea behind the story won't win any awards for originality, but it executes on what it sets out to do, and that's to show how lethal and violent a character with the name Deathstroke the Terminator can ultimately be. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    IGN - Jeff Lake Oct 23, 2014

    Initial opinion of Deathstroke #1 will vary based on what you're seeking. If you're looking for great action and detailed art, then Tony Daniel has you covered. If you're looking for an in depth exploration and recreation of a fan favorite, issue #1 will leave you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Oct 23, 2014

    Deathstroke #1 may not be the greatest start to the characters second go in The New 52, but it's most certainly better than his most recent solo outing. It also leaves us with some curious developments, having me hooked for at least one more issue. Due to this I recommend this issue, but don't expect to be amazed. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Oct 24, 2014

    If you know Slade Wilson as the raspy voiced bad guy from Arrow, you'll likely be satisfied with this issue's reinterpretation of the character as hardass adventurer. The bright side is that it at least seems like DC has a much clearer vision for the character than seen in earlier New 52 appearances, and the story is fairly entertaining and never drags. Daniel's art is fantastic and the book definitely hits its severed limbs quota. For longtime fans of the character, however, there are still a couple missing key elements that keep the issue from feeling like a truly classic Deathstroke story. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 23, 2014

    Deasthstroke #1 wears it's heart on it's sleeve.  It's a bloody and violent book that's heavy on style, but lite of story.  Nothing in this issue surprised me and in the end I can't say I'm looking forward to seeing more.  It seems like a book trying desperately to fin a time when ultra violence and being extreme was all the rage.  Unfortunately,  that time may have passed it by. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    DarePool53 Oct 23, 2014

  • 7.5
    JBL Reviews Dec 29, 2014

    Good start, even for a character I am not fond of. The pencils are amazing.

  • 7.0
    WhiteLantern Oct 23, 2014

    There's not really much to say about Tony Daniel's new Deathstroke series. The art is, of course, amazing and detailed, and the writing is solid for the most part. But as a story, it's not a done in one, and it doesn't really set up much for the next issue. Slade gets a mission, it goes bad, and the last page ends with him asking someone named I-Ching what happened to him. With a character like Deathstroke, the #1 issue should give back-story and explanation of who he is, and what he does. And, while that is there, it's rather rushed, and the cluttered text boxes and speech bubbles block some artwork, but enough to be distracting. Overall, it's just not the best introduction to a new series, and with the popularity of the titular character, not a great introduction to him either. Maybe we'll get more in th next few months, but for now, it's just OK. If you're a fan of the character, I recommend the book, if for nothing else than the art. If you're not a fan of the character, maybe wait a bit on this one.

  • 6.0
    4aces Comics Oct 25, 2014

    OK dialogue, gory action and killing in Russia. Some decent ideas but sitt, Daniel is not a great writer. But better than his pathetic Hawkman was a couple years ago. Decent art and story-telling. I wanna like it as a Deathstroke fan, but it needs work.

  • 6.0
    mrDovydas Nov 2, 2014

    I found this nothing but a bland cliched killing scene. Maybe fans of the character will find this more appealing to them.

  • 9.0
    Russell_326 Jan 23, 2015

  • 9.0
    TomSQUAREy Aug 31, 2015

  • 8.5
    Redeadhood Oct 26, 2014

  • 8.5
    GlenWizard May 11, 2015

  • 8.0
    Speeding Bullets Oct 31, 2014

  • 8.0
    Stallonelythelonely Jul 23, 2015

  • 6.5
    Rotivv Nov 10, 2014

  • 6.5
    Sploska Jan 24, 2016

  • 5.5
    KesheR Oct 23, 2014

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