Deathstroke Annual #2

Deathstroke Annual #2

Writer: Phil Hester Artist: Mirko Colak Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 29, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
8.3Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

When the son of a powerful drug warlord is assassinated by a mysterious costumed hitman known only as The Balkan, Deathstroke is hired by his family to take revenge! But who is The Balkan? And what is his endgame? Find out in a stunning annual you won't want to miss!

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 29, 2016

    Like a good action/war movie this comic packs a wallop. It hits all the right notes and delivers an action packed and page turning story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Agasicles Stamas Jul 1, 2016

    This New 52 Deathstroke series could have easily been walked out on the arm of some swanky model (and, truth be told, it looks like there may be one or two more regular issues coming), with plenty of sexy sword and gunplay and artful banter. I am sure that someone toyed with the thought that he would face Batman in the final battle of this run. As it is, this annual is very off-tone for what you would expect to see from a super-hero comic. Sure, he's a villain, but he's still a costume at the end of the day, and I was expecting kind of a tropish exit. But I'm glad to see DC take this closure in a different direction. Long live Deathstroke. And bravo to this creative team, indeed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 29, 2016

    I guess I dug this story because it just felt right for the character and didn't feature any ridiculous villains (the less I see of Lawman, the better). And, to be honest, I didn't see the ending coming. It was Deathstroke's equivalent of Jigsaw pulling the door shut and saying "Game Over" at the end of the first Saw movie. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 29, 2016

    Phil Hester uses Deathstroke to tell a story of war, revenge and bloodshed.  The fact that this is a Deathstroke book seemed inconsequential, but that's not really a bad thing.  If you are looking for an issue filled with fantastic art and a moral that goes deeper than throwing aliens into the sun, you will probably really like what Hester is cooking. I tend to like the action movie vibe of the regular Deathstroke book, but even I can't deny the quality here. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Comicsverse - Dennis Mui Jul 2, 2016

    DEATHSTROKE ANNUAL #2 is a good issue to remind readers of how badass Slade Wilson still is. He may worry about his children, but he is still taking on new killer contracts in his spare time. The issue may not tie into the main ongoing storyline as of now, but that could change quickly. For all we know right now, Deathstroke could have been ordered by Ra's Al Ghul to go on this mission. Or the issue may not tie into the DEATHSTROKE series at all. We'll have to keep reading and see! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    the green death Jul 2, 2016

    I picked this up because the reviews intrigued me and I've lo been a fan of Phil Hester's intelligent yet never showy writing (why he's not a bigger name I do not know). Honestly, this issue was even better than I expected. There are shades of classic Kurosawa here, but updated and well used. The art is well above average as well and perfectly suited for the book's tone. I know this will never be a big hit, but I think if you like a well told gritty revenge story, you'd do well to pick this up.

    I hope Hester gets used more by DC in the future.

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