Deathstroke #33

Writer: Christopher Priest Artist: Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 4, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 16
8.6Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Forced to team with Deathstroke, a man he loathes, Damian Wayne must discover the truth of his lineage. Is he really Bruce Wayne's son, or is Slade Wilson his true father? As Batman draws closer to finding them both, Deathstroke must complete a hit, while Robin shadows the killer for hire.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jul 5, 2018

    Overall Deathstroke #33 was a good and entertaining read. It's funny to see Deathstroke attempting to corral someone as ruthless as Damian, but it's also very disheartening as well. I've enjoyed Damian in his role as Robin, and I've watched many fights where he's fought side by side with Batman–it's very hard to believe he'd join Deathstroke so willingly which is why I'm sticking to my belief that Damian is working on a plan–perhaps with Batman to find out the proof of his paternal D.N.A once and for all. Can't wait for the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 4, 2018

    It's also great to see Ed Benes drawing this title and in the DC Universe again. He has a look to his art that is perfectly suited for the craziness and action of this book. This is another great chapter in the mini Batman versus Deathstroke saga! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Landers Jul 6, 2018

    Overall, even though not much really happens in this leg of the arc, its without a doubt one of the best issues of the story so far. If you enjoy Damian, and your idea of a good time is seeing two trained assassins annoy each other to near death, then this is the comic for you. As for Batman, while he wasnt exactly missed in this chapter, fingers are crossed that hell be back in full force next issue. Until then, try to keep calm waiting on the beginning of the two part conclusion to this (so far) spectacular crossover story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jul 8, 2018

    The recall of Operation Gibraltar as the source of the name for the bioweapon featured in this tale felt a little too off-hand yet deliberate at the same time. Perhaps it is a clue to the mystery? It would seem like anything involving Vietnam could be pointing towards Rose making an appearance soon, as she is the only one of Slades children who has not had some impact on the story thus far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jul 6, 2018

    Deathstroke vs. Batman heads into the endgame with a brilliant issue exploring Damians reaction to the idea that he might be Deathstrokes son. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 4, 2018

    Priest always packs a lot of different genres into his books, but it's rare that he manages to weave comedy and high drama as effectively as he does in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 4, 2018

    Deathstroke seems to have figured out Batmans play, which should make for a fun final two installments of this arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 4, 2018

    While I've seen some shade being thrown at the "who's the daddy" story of Damian, Batman, and Deathstroke, this issue (and the overall arc) isn't really about that.  It's about so much more and we keep getting more pieces of the puzzle each issue.  This month, however, just seeing Damian and Slade together is worth the price or admission and with the story wrapping up soon, now is as good a time as ever to catch up on the entire series so you can enjoy it with us smart fans in the know.   Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Matt Granberry Jul 4, 2018

    Twisty plots, excellent banter between characters, and superb art throughout the book makes this issue a must pick up come release date. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Adam Ray Jul 5, 2018

    The issue ends with Slade figuring something out. The whole series has had these two at each other's throats thinking as to who could organise something like this. Slade may have figured it out, making the penultimate issue one where we get our answers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Russ Burlingame Jul 4, 2018

    Christopher Priest's Deathstroke is going to be one of those great runs that people talk about for years, and while the Batman arc has been its weak link, Deathstroke #33 is a high point and a great single issue of comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Heroic Hollywood - Louis Otero Jul 4, 2018

    This issue sets up the finale in a grand fashion. Batman and Deathstroke will finally confront each other in the next two issues. However, Priest is clever in creating a conflict that could be solved simplythrough the characters talking. Batman is too stubborn for a such a conversation and Deathstroke is too cautious. It's unlikely that Deathstroke really is Damian's father. However, that doesn't really matter the way you expected in the beginning. Even if Batman isn't biologically related to Damian, it's made abundantly clear where their allegiances lie. The remaining question is how Batman and Deathstroke will settle the dispute and by the end of this issue, you'll be begging for the answer. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Jul 5, 2018

    Divorced from the rest of the story, I enjoyed this issue quite a bit. The visuals are great, and there's some pitch perfect banter between Robin and Deathstroke. Still, the story isn't exactly engrossing, and the fact that the characters themselves are so dismissive of the central mystery makes it really hard to get invested. Out of context, this issue is fun and enjoyable, but it still doesn't fix the storytelling problems evident in the rest of the “Deathstroke vs. Batman” arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    TheGeekWonder Jul 5, 2018

    Calling it now:
    Talia somehow mixed both Bruce and Slade's DNA together, therefore Deathstroke and Batman would technically be biologically his fathers. This would preserve Damian and Bruce's relationship while creating a new one with Deathstroke. It would also explain why both Batman and Deathstroke tested positive in Damian's DNA test, even though Bruce thinks his was faked. I think that this also allows DC to not go back on their word in saying that Damian is Batman's one true son (let's leave Terry out of this.)

  • 8.0
    Nihilist Jul 4, 2018

    Excellent issue, not only pushing the event's stpry forward, but also being able to nicely mirror some elements of Deathstroke's first arc in Rebirth, where he goes for a road trip with his daughter, Rose.
    Overall it's a really strong comic, especially its second half, offering multiple smaller plot twists, plenty of action and great dialogues. Oh, and the art is fantastic.

  • 8.0
    M1sf1r3 Jul 11, 2018

    SPOILER WARNING!!! (Glad they announced that new book, Robin: Son of Deathstroke now)

    Writer: Christopher Priest

    Artist: Carlo Pagulayan and Jason Paz

    Christopher Priest continues his Deathstroke vs. Batman arc, finally bringing Robin into the mix. Will Priest continue his good streak or will his famous characterisation bring him down to the ground?

    Between this issue and the last its obvious that Slade and Damian have met each other again since they are both in disguise driving somewhere, talking about if the tests were faked. This back and forth really works, and to great effect. Despite Priest's misuse of Damian and his character in the past, this time it works well, which may be due to it bet more

  • 7.5
    Simon DelMonte Jul 5, 2018

    An improvement over the rest of this miniseries, with some interesting character play. But just not really clicking that well for me. Something is missing. Like Rose and Jericho and the larger consequences of the rest of the series that DC put on hold for six months.

  • 6.5
    Adsun22 Mar 13, 2020


  • 3.0
    Spacey Medicine Feb 8, 2019

    When will I be free of this?

  • 10
    Bruno Mael Jul 26, 2018

  • 9.0
    FlipGeek Jul 5, 2018

  • 8.5
    SnakeWilson Jul 4, 2018

  • 8.5
    Pantheon36 Jul 26, 2018

  • 8.5
    Psycamorean Oct 20, 2018

  • 8.0
    Bloodraven Jul 4, 2018

  • 8.0

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Jul 5, 2018

  • 8.0
    blackmanta221 Jul 26, 2018

  • 7.5

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