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Deathstroke #1

Writer: Christopher Priest Artist: Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 24, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 39
7.8Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

"The Professional" part one! Deathstroke's latest contract takes him to a war-torn African country, where he finds himself caught in the middle of a disintegrating alliance between a ruthless dictator and a deadly super-villain. With an entire nation at stake, Slade Wilson must choose between fulfilling his contract and saving an old friend.  

  • 10
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Aug 24, 2016

    He begins stacking up the building blocks for issues to come, be it next month or next year, but he doesn't do that at the expense of Deathstroke #1. This issue is a grand example of what can be done with the Rebirth effort and the character of Deathstroke, and Priest has converted me into a regular reader of this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 24, 2016

    Deathstroke #1 kicks off as strong as the best of DC Rebirth. If it stays this consistent Deathstroke will quickly ascend to the top tier of DC's new era. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan Aug 25, 2016

    With two issues in,Deathstroke has established itself as one of DC's best relaunches. Deathstroke's world is unique from the rest of the DC universe, much like the anti-hero himself. With Priest in control, we might be looking at one of the best looks at the character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Aug 24, 2016

    "Among Thieves" is a great read and makes you want the next issue immediately. Priest does a great job of giving Deathstroke an actual conscience in this book instead of the regular mercenary for hire that you're use to seeing in other appearances by Deathstroke. As I said in my previous review, this is my first time even reading a Deathstroke title"and Priest has made me regret absolutely nothing about it!!! I love when we see the dark side of DC Universe and that's exactly what we have here in this title. Deathstroke's world isn't all superpowers and abilities. Priest gives us the guts of the DC Universe in these issues by showing us how the villains deal with things on their own terms and I love it!!! If you're a fan of Deathstroke definitely check this issue out, and if you're not" I promise that you will be by the last panel of the book!!! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Aug 26, 2016

    The depth of characterization makes Deathstroke #1 compelling reading, despite any thematic dissonance with the last issue. The injection of so much dry humor and witty banter is a good tonic for the murder and mayhem that typically follows Deathstroke the Terminator, and this series now has me even more invested in the aims, intricacies and outcomes of a character I've never felt a commitment to reading. I'm hooked, and will definitely be continuing this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Aug 24, 2016

    With its ruthless efficiency, complex non-linear structure and compellingly amoral protagonist, Deathstroke #1 provides thrills and action in spades, setting up a solid direction for the series moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Andrew Aug 24, 2016

    Overall, this is another good book. I want fewer cutaway scenes in the next one. In the next issue, it would be wise for Priest to do a few pages of backstory and then cut to the present. The scene in the car did not seem to add anything to the story, unless I missed something. The artwork is incredible and helps to keep this book rated highly. As usual, I cannot wait for the next issue because I'm eager to know what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Aug 25, 2016

    Without a doubt, Slade Wilson is undeniably bad ass in the hands of Priest and Pagulayan. This new Deathstroke series feels "just right." And you get several laugh out loud moments thanks to Wintergreen. It's a win all around. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Aug 24, 2016

    This book goes a long way to remind us that the Terminator hasn't really changed, we've just chosen to ignore what made this character so appealing in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Aug 24, 2016

    Deathstroke #1 builds on the story from Deathstroke: Rebirth #1, building up Slade Wilson both as a man and as a killer. Both in Priest's script and Pagulayan's art, Deathstroke #1 performs a great balancing act by ensuring that while the titular assassin's background is explored and he is humanized, that he isn't made into an anti-hero. The biggest flaw in the book is that the plot depends a bit on the reader having picked up the Deathstroke: Rebirth #1 issue. And really, considering the quality of the story, readers should do that. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 24, 2016

    DC's Deathstroke relaunch isn't entirely without its flaws, but already this is the most enjoyable story Slade Wilson has been involved with in some time. Christopher Priest's knack for weaving complex storylines and deep characters is serving him well, and Carlo Pagulayan's slick art gives the book a very approachable feel. Regardless of your prior attachment to the character, Deathstroke will welcome you with open, blood-stained arms. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Aug 24, 2016

    Priest isn't justhaving Deathstroke merkin' folks out — we seem him being methodical and playing the long game of double-crossingpeoplebut managing to stay true to his word upon being hired, yet managing to screw over those who hire him if need be. I'm not too big on the white savior trope of coming to a (of course) war-tornpredominatelyBlack country overseas to save the day,but it's unusualin itself to see Slade saving folks (amongst putting them down permanently). Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 24, 2016

    Christopher Priest continues from his Rebirth issue by showing us more of Deathstroke's world and it's a world of crosses, double crosses, get the idea.  Nobody can be trusted, everyone has an angle and we are right there in the middle of it with our favorite anti-hero.  It looks like things are going to get worse before they get better and if the cliffhanger can be believed, clothes not only can make the man, but they might just kill him as well. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 24, 2016

    The issue is an interesting first issue as it doesn't stand on its own and really relies on the Rebirth issue, which is good in some ways and bad in others. What it does is set up some potentially interesting things in the future and Priest is giving us something more than a badass with big guns. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Gregory Paul Silber Aug 24, 2016

    Despite my nitpicking, this is a strong follow-up to a great opening issue. I haven't decided yet if this is a comic that I'm going to be following for the long-haul (not when there are so many other great books coming out right now from DC), but I'll certainly be picking up the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Aug 24, 2016

    An essential pickup for fans of the character then, but Im not sure if this one has quite managed to do enough yet at this early stage to entice new readers into the fold. Only time will tell, but as beginnings go, this is definitely a solid foundation for what should be an intriguing new series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Inhuman Mongo Aug 26, 2016

    I don't know if Deathstroke will be a long-term title I read but I actually enjoyed this issue over the Rebirth #1 and will be picking up issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Aug 26, 2016

    Priest humor is a big part of what makes the book work, and much of that humor comes out in the character of Billy Wintergreen. The story in this issue is really his, and how that element plays out in the final climax was by far my favorite partof the book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Aug 24, 2016

    This turned out to be a better story than I was expecting. I really like how we got teased with so many elements and it left us wanting more. Not many villains can pull off a solo series and keep it engaging, but Deathstoke definitely succeeds where others have failed. I recommend picking this one up, because it looks like it’s just the start of an intense ride. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Kaleb Hebert Aug 24, 2016

    As the same from the last issue, the art has been excellent. Fantastic character details and the environments are clean, and you can clearly tell where the character is. The movement of characters is captured very well, especially in the half-naked fight scene. Overall this was a good read, might be worth the three dollar price tag, but honestly could probably go down to two dollars. If you are a fan of Slade Wilson as Deathstroke, then definitely pick this issue up. I think the creative team behind this series is doing Slade justice and giving the readers a well-paced, action-packed comic series that can compete with being some of the better writing out of the other DC Rebirth titles Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Slackjaw Punks - Just Bob Aug 24, 2016

    It was an informative comic by Priest, like a detective novel, but not so James Bond. Some characters I felt were not developed so well and in some areas a bit confusing to me. There is action, adventure and a bit of risqu involved. It's dark and a little gritty, but I honestly didn't like it that much. I felt there were too many flash backs and it lacked something that I can't quite put my finger on. Read Full Review

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