Deathstroke #40

Writer: Christopher Priest Artist: Fernando Pasarin, Jason Paz Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 6, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 13
7.9Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

Deathstroke's son Jericho breaks into Arkham Asylum in an effort to free him, but Slade Wilson is caught up in his own conflict with the return of Dev-a.k.a. "Death Masque"-and the realization that his hallucinatory trip into outer space may have been more real than previously advertised! Meanwhile, Two-Face has Rose dead to rights-is there anyone left to save her?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Feb 10, 2019

    Overall Deathstroke #40 is a good read and can't wait for the next issue. It seems that Slade will have to deal with Robin and Kid Flash now in an attempt to recapture the mercenary. I'm personally looking forward to another Robin versus Slade fight! And also what kind of friction will this have between Robin and Kid Flash"especially since Kid Flash used to be on team Defiance with Deathstroke! So many possibilities! Hurry it up Priest! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Chris Showalter Feb 7, 2019

    Bursting at the seams with commentary regarding Arkham Asylum and mental healthcare, Priest's "Deathstroke: Arkham" will leave you blissfully clamoring for one of asylum's padded cells in the pursuit of what is real. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 8, 2019

    The last page of the issue ends the storyline. And it's so perfectly realized, that I commend the creative team incredibly. This is some good stuff. I don't know where we will end up next, but it's always an adventure. This is some great storytelling indeed going on here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 6, 2019

    I can't even describe half of the twists in this issue, and you need to read it to believe it. It's easily one of the most inventive and unpredictable books in DC's stable. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Bryant Lucas Feb 8, 2019

    Deathstroke #40 is not an easy read. The story is not straightforward and, in many ways, the resolution is not naturally satisfying. However, the convolution seems intentional in an attempt to create something profound. Priest's script has transcended the pulpy pages of traditional comics, passing into the realm of “Art” (with a capital “A”). He uses the trappings of Superhero fiction to tell an incredibly thought-provoking story about the nature of reality. While it may not be easy reading, Deathstroke“Arkham” is definitely worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Feb 6, 2019

    The last thing of note was Death Masque trying to be a knock-off Deadpool, who's a knock-off Deathstroke. It was a fun, little idea by Priest. Death Masque's best line was, "it would be freaking ironic if they sued us." (He was referring to Marvel, of course.) It was a nice way to end the character from a wild arch in the story of Deathstroke. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Cody White Feb 22, 2019

    Deathstroke #40ends the 'Arkham' arc leading into next month's crossover withTeen Titansbut leaves readers with more questions than answers. At leastthisreader. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Feb 7, 2019

    The Arkham arc closes brilliantly with Deathstrokes trademark savage violence, ethical dilemma, and an added dose of reality bending. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 6, 2019

    You might get some satisfaction out of this conclusion, but I still think that this will probably be a better read once it's all collected in a trade because goddamn are there things that will throw you for a loop if you haven't been paying close enough attention, not to mention if a month between issues was enough to make you forget a couple of things.  The art was great though and the cliffhanger made me want to dive into next issue, while throwing some fun in throughout the middle. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Adam Barnhardt Feb 6, 2019

    Deathstroke's time in Arkham finally comes to a head, making Deathstroke #40 the most exciting book of the story arc. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Landers Feb 8, 2019

    In the end, this was a frustrating issue full of head scratching moments, but it seems the story isnt over yet. Its questionable if Priest has earned the readers patience with this arc, but given his legendary history as a comic book writer, its probably best if full judgement is withheld until all answers are on the table. Cross your fingers, and hope against hope for a genius conclusion that ties it all together, and makes it worth your while. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SnakeWilson Feb 6, 2019

    for each answer, 10 more questions are made
    Slade is crazy, but Devon isn't...? The zeta bean exists?
    When we think we might get some conclusion, things got more weird

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  • 6.5
    Nihilist Feb 6, 2019

    Yikes, Deathstroke's run, one of the most consistent and tightest Rebirth series, seems to really lose its grip. I didn't enjoy the entire Arkham arc, which not only was super convoluted, but also changed the series' established tone, introducing odd Deadpool inspired comedy and surreal silliness. I sure hope Priest has a solid plan in his sleeve, because as of now, I don't understand a thing that's happening with Slade.

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  • 6.0
    waltgator93 Feb 6, 2019

    The issue started in a confusing way but then got interesting towards the tail end of the issue. The series seems to be fading a lot as each issue goes by! While the art is on point, the story seems to be missing the target. Unfortunately both the Rose and the Deathstroke stories are confusing and forced in some areas.

  • 7.5

    This was a very strange arc, but I dug it. Priest likes his Marvel allegories.

  • 7.5
    GTMedia Reviews May 15, 2020

    I've read the last couple of Deathstroke arc's and I never really felt like I had a firm grasp on the series. I love the character but can't get into his supporting cast. I never walk away from the book with a bad experiment but I'm never excited by the next installment.

    This issue finishes the Arkham installment and I still don't know quite know what's going on. What I do know is that the arc is over and whatever was going on with Hugo Strange has been foiled, at least I think it is.

    Even the alien invasion plot with the Pulorian is unresolved. At this point, I don't even know if Devon, Deathstroke's unofficial sidekick is real. I guess I could keep going with the series but I'm not. I'm a fan of Christopher Priest. more

  • 7.0
    Soul Assassin Feb 8, 2019

    This whole Arkham arc is nowhere near as good as I was hoping it’d be but the art saves it

  • 6.0
    Psycamorean Feb 7, 2019

    This was okay. I kind of know what happened? I was entertained, at least. I hope this series gets back to being great though. These last two arcs have been rough. And going straight into a Teen Titans crossover doesn't bode well for me. Especially since The Lazarus Contract wasn't good.

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    Rocker97 Feb 9, 2019

  • 8.5
    hebele Feb 6, 2019

  • 7.5

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    EDiakota Feb 6, 2019

  • 7.0
    Radar Feb 12, 2019

  • 6.0
    Andrew May 12, 2019

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