Deathstroke #30

Writer: Christopher Priest Artist: Carlo Pagulayan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 4, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 16
8.6Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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"Deathstroke vs. Batman" part one! Beginning this month, a six-issue series-within-a-series featuring the ultimate showdown between DC's fiercest rivals! When Batman discovers a mysterious package containing DNA test results proving that he is not Damian Wayne's biological father, the Dark Knight sets his sights on his son's true father-Deathstroke! But Damian Wayne can't really be Slade Wilson's son-can he? And who sent the package-and why? The ultimate custody battle ensues as the World's Greatest Detective and the World's Deadliest Assassin clash in this instant classic!

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 4, 2018

    Priest establishes some interesting connections with Slade and Bruce Waynes inner circle complete with some fun mentor commiserating with Alfred and Wintergreen. Carlo Pagulayans art was phenomenal throughout, but the action scenes really deliver a cinematic blockbuster scale to the issue. Jeromy Coxs colors did a nice job of accentuating the big and quiet moments. This has the makings to be a major crowd pleaser and definite addition to the pull list for fans of either character. Read Full Review

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    Comic Watch - Cody White Apr 9, 2018

    Priest continues his tour de force with Deathstroke and promises much more to come. Deathstroke continues to be an underrated series, and I fear greatly for its cancellation in the near future, but for now, I will live in the moment and enjoy the ride while it lasts. Read Full Review

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    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Landers Apr 5, 2018

    Overall, despite being a little confusing as to when this story is happening exactly, this is a fantastic start to a much-anticipated showdown/team-up. Priest seems to perfectly understand both of these characters and their motivations, so, as long as he can keep up the good work, the rest of the arc could prove to be an instant classic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 4, 2018

    The end of the issue hints at massive escalation, which I can't wait to see. And just based on this issue alone, Priest is a brilliant Batman writer. When King mic drops on the main title, Priest needs to be next in line and they should make him that promise yesterday. Read Full Review

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    AiPT! - Connor Willesden Apr 5, 2018

    A well crafted issue that plays against the expectations that the preview says with great art. Read Full Review

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    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Apr 7, 2018

    Carlo Pagulayan is strong this issue. I wonder why he was given assistance on the layouts earlier in the series beginning. In terms of storytelling, there are a few things that I would adjust but its a strong visual representation. I like his effectiveness at showing the bravado between Batman and Deathstroke. Read Full Review

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    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 4, 2018

    Executed in a way that feels like vintage Priest, Deathstroke #30 might be the best thing he's written since he signed up with DC. Read Full Review

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    The Batman Universe - Jessica Nilo Alves Apr 6, 2018

    A setting of the stage and an admirable first act, this issue manages to establish not only the conflict but also the characters involved. Little to no explanation is left for the next chapters in this six-part story, which will probably lead to fast-paced action. Read Full Review

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    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Apr 5, 2018

    The art team captures the action in an incredible way in the final pages. While the figures and characters seen throughout are perfectly captured, it's the action that the team excels at. Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz and Jeremy Cox are a great team to bring this story to life. Making the pages ofDeathstroke #30look as tense and expensive as any 80's Action Movie. Plenty of reason to pick upDeathstroke #31. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Apr 3, 2018

    Deathstroke #30 begins Deathstroke vs Batman with a high-impact and gorgeous issue by Priest, Pagulayan, Cox, and Paz. This arc looks like it will be just as great as we all hoped. This issue gets a strong recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    On Comics Ground - James Portis Apr 4, 2018

    Deathstroke #30 is a very tight and explosive start to what look's to be an impressive arc. Priest and Pagulayan bring their A game as they look to bring a battle between the world's greatest assassin and the world's greatest detective into a new age. Highly Recommend the pickup as it begins this new arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Jon-Carlos Evans Apr 12, 2018

    If Priest's current characterization of Batman in his Justice League run (#'s 34 " 43) is any indication, then we are in for an exciting duel of madmen on different ends of the same mad spectrum. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Crusaders - Kevin Given Apr 5, 2018

    Here's one of the most unusual Batman stories ever conceived. It's amazing how the writers can still come up with unique stories for a character that's almost 80 years old. This tale is a winner and belongs in every Batman fans library. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Apr 4, 2018

    As opening chapters go, this is a really strong start: there's enough of a mystery here to keep you intrigued without being either maddeningly oblique or frustratingly expository. Instead, Priest walks a fine line between the two, proposing a genuinely interesting mystery that would believably cause Batman and Deathstroke to cross paths. Despite a few iffy moments, the strong dialogue and breathtaking visuals make this well worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Apr 4, 2018

    We might not be seeing Slade Wilson versus the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman anymore, but Priest and his team make sure we're getting the ultimate battle of brains and brawn in "Deathstroke vs. Batman." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Apr 5, 2018

    I thought that Deathstroke #30 was a good read and I'm excited to see how the next issue plays out. It seems that Batman and Deathstroke may be joining forces, but who exactly would benefit from that? Priest gives you very few answers, but leaves you asking so many questions"and it's perfect. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Russ Burlingame Apr 4, 2018

    All in all, the issue reads like the relatively uneventful first chapter of what is going to be a pretty good storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Apr 6, 2018

    'Deathstroke vs Batman' lives up to its name but also dreams of being more as Christopher Priest and Co. take another crack at Slade Wilson, family man. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 4, 2018

    Leave it to Priest to give readers new and old a crazy beginning to his Deathstroke vs. Batman story that holds no hands and sets up the rest of the story in a messed up way.  Priest fans will know the drill by now, but new readers have to just relax, go with the flow and wait until he is ready to show you the big picture.  Don't worry, Carlo Pagulayan and his art team make it easy on the eyes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Heroic Hollywood - Louis Otero Apr 4, 2018

    The seeds have been planted, but while it's an enjoyable read, what follows will need to be more narratively focused and character-driven. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    All-Comic - Joshua Hilgenberg Apr 12, 2018

    Priest inspires some interesting juxtapositions as well early on, hinting at underlying thematic elements alongside feeding characters with exciting dialogue, while Pagulayan simultaneously choreographs intense fights. Read Full Review

  • 10
    FlipGeek Apr 4, 2018

    Fantastic first issue. Both script and art are perfect 10s.

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    Br'er Lapin Apr 4, 2018

    Classic arc in the making.

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    SnakeWilson Jun 7, 2018

    a perfect set up for the ultimate battle between the two.

  • 8.5
    Nihilist Apr 5, 2018

    Issue sets up the story very well, explaining different motivations and personalities of Bruce and Slade, as well as laying down foundations for a bigger conflict, or mystery.
    It's all I love about these two characters, especially after Priest took over Deathstroke's solo run and made it a true shining diamond. I definitely look forward for the next issue - so far so good, and if it keeps its current quality (or maybe even exceeds it), I'm going to have a good substitute for Batman: White Knight, which is going to end next month.

  • 7.0
    Dispatchdcu Apr 5, 2018

    Welcome to the Oblivion Bar where the first round is on me and the pretzels are free! Be warned: like the pickled eggs at the bar, this issue is going to get SPOILED rotten.

    I was interested in this issue because DC was advertising it as Batman vs Deathstroke and I was intrigued. I have been reading this off and on throughout Rebirth but most recently dropped it from my pull list during the start of Defiance.

    The reason: it’s honestly Priests style. I felt like his wording, mixed with the panel lay out can be cryptic at times and hard to follow. The best comparison is that when I go out to eat, I just want some mozzarella sticks as an appetizer. Nice and deep fried! Delicious! But if I go to a fancy restaurant, the more

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