Deathstroke: Rebirth #1
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Deathstroke: Rebirth #1

Event\Storyline: Rebirth Writer: Christopher Priest Artist: Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 10, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 42
7.8Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

A thousand enemies, a thousand kills-Deathstroke is the world's greatest assassin. Stalked by an unseen foe, Slade Wilson is confronted by his own troubled past and challenged to reinvent himself before he loses everything and everyone in his life. Can Deathstroke be redeemed? Or will his addiction to violence destroy him?

  • 9.0
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Aug 10, 2016

    If you're looking for a new starting point to get into the character, check out Deathstroke: Rebirth #1. It's a brilliant character analysis of a hugely popular DC Comics legend. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Aug 10, 2016

    Deathstroke: Rebirth #1 is a solid prelude to the main series, giving the audience a good idea of how Christopher Priest intends to tackle the character, while still telling its own story. Carlo Pagulayan's artwork builds a world for the hardened assassin to explore, and makes sure that the supervillain is able to live up to his reputation. By covering two time periods, Deathstroke: Rebirth #1 is able to squeeze quite a bit of character into its twenty pages, giving readers a strong hook as the series begins. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Kevin Scott Aug 21, 2016

    The art team of Jason Paz and Carlo Pagulayan has done a great job of bringing Priests words to life. The movement, the colours, the hues, depth, it all comes together in a way that draws you into the story. Theres only two things that are a bit of a distraction. One being Clock Kings threads, which isnt really down to the team. The second is faces; they all come across as a bit basic and lacking in character. The exception is actually Clock King, whos face really tells a story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Aug 11, 2016

    This book was a joy to read, which is not something folks would normally convey about a remorseless killer who exhibits no empathy unless there's money on the line. I flew through this book in a way I didn't anticipate, and may have found a new series to add to my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Aug 12, 2016

    Deathstroke had already piqued my interest by bringing Christopher Priest back to the sequential medium to write it, but this issue sealed the deal. One of the few Rebirth issues that actually work as a fresh jumping-on point, this issue brings Slade Wilson back to being the stone cold badass he always was, without any attempts to make us feel sorry for him. Thank you, Christopher Priest, for writing a solo villain comic where the bad guy is actually, totally, almost gleefully bad. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan Aug 10, 2016

    I liked this issue because of the way it portrayed Deathstroke, both his past and present self, but apart from characterization there's not really much else here. Not much is accomplished in terms of the plot and i still don't know what direction the series is going in. But Priest's writing so far has been great and has inspired confidence that Deathstroke is in the right hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Gregory Paul Silber Aug 10, 2016

    As for non-Deathstroke fans, this is well worth a try, even if "no, especially if"a comic about a merciless killer that goes around stabbing and shooting people for money doesn't sound like your cup of tea. This is a smart, ambitious, thematically rich debut, and I look forward to seeing where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Aug 15, 2016

    I gave it a try, but this isn't for me. This should please fans of hardcore mercenaries that travel the world, but for those craving more traditional comic book adventures it might be best to look elsewhere. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Aug 14, 2016

    Priest does a good job of displaying how much of a dick Slade is as a father in the past in stark comparison against his present self who holds himself to this "killer's conduct code of honor". The direction he takes Slade will be one too look forward too. This is a series that will surely be a different introspective look at Slade than those that have came prior. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 10, 2016

    Priest being back in comics has me excited and here we get a good idea as to what we can expect to come. The issue lays things out for new and old readers alike and more importantly gives us an interesting and complex character to entertain us. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Aug 12, 2016

    With a strong and unique story, as well as a compelling atmosphere, Christopher Priest's return to DC comics is a barnstormer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Andrew Aug 10, 2016

    The parts I enjoyed are the action sequences, especially the reveal of who Deathstroke was tryinng to killand who Matthew was protecting. The last couple of pages when the action intensifies, the writing seems to take a turn for the better and there were a few surprises I did not see coming that were wonderfully written and for which the art was complemented. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 10, 2016

    Priest on Deathstroke sounded like a winning combination. Deathstroke: Rebirth meets those high expectations with a strong debut. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Aug 19, 2016

    Priest's Deathstroke is definitely not a good guy, but he has a sense of honor and does what needs to be done. There is a conflict because his sense of honor drives him to do what he feels needs to be done, though through the lens of what is nominally considered ‘civilized society' his actions are often what would be considered to be bad. This makes the character interesting to me. There are layers of complexity that Priest has built into the character and the story that make it more than a simple “Deathstroke is a bad-ass mercenary who is out doing what he does best” tale. If this kind of layered storytelling continues, I'll be sticking around for the long haul. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Aug 10, 2016

    Deathstroke Rebirth is a great read! I've never actually read a titled Deathstroke book before and this one has me excited! I've always thought Slade was a great character in his own right, and this issue shows you just how badass he is! Priest and Carlo give us something that looks past Deathstroke the super villain and instead gives us a man" a man with a conflicted and broken past that comes back to haunt him. I think we can all identify with that in some point in our lives. I love when we get to see the backstories and flaws of our greatest DC villains"check out Deathstroke Rebirth!!! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams Aug 17, 2016

    For some readers, none of this is going to be enough to save Slade, who's never been really strong enough of a character to carry his own solo series. Deathstroke Rebirth #1 is the rare comic that's going to be easier to recommend based on the creative team rather than the main character. Those who've missed Priest's authorial voice in the time he's been gone from comics are in for a treat and it's worth seeing exactly what he's attempting to do as he tells a story of blood and bonds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Jules Boyle Aug 11, 2016

    I'm not sure if we need yet another fortnightly DC title, but this is a very, very strong effort and I'll be along for the ride anyway. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Aug 11, 2016

    This new series by Priest most definitely shows promise and feels like quintessential Deathstroke. I prefer to see a more grounded take on the character and for his settings and villains to be as such. Needless to say, this appears to be right up my alley. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Aug 10, 2016

    In his anticipated return to a big two title, Priest crafts a lean, stripped down narrative that works perfectly for readers new to the bloody adventures of anti-hero Slade Wilson, the Deathstroke. This one-shot boasts a bloody great future for the new series. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake Aug 11, 2016

    For all his seeming popularity, Deathstroke is a tough character to get right. And to his credit, Christopher Priest seems to acknowledge that fact in his initial take. Rather than focus his story on Deathstroke the assassin, the bulk of this Rebirth issue looks at Slade the man, and how his actions affect those around him. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Aug 10, 2016

    Deathstroke: Rebirth #1 I feel could have been a bit better in terms of you really getting what is going on with the plot. You come here to see a different side to Deathstroke which we are getting to, though it feels like what we get next has a whole lot of explaining to do when it comes to drawing us in with payoff. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Aug 15, 2016

    In short, unless you're a die-hard Deathstroke fan, Deathstroke: Rebirth #1 won't appeal to you and it isn't likely to win over too many new readers. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Jason Laframboise Aug 13, 2016

    It was an okay book that while I did like it, it maybe suffered from me overhyping it in my mind. I was expecting something really awesome, an action packed thrill ride. What we got was some great character development, with a bit of action that was actually a better mix than what I would have done. So to conclude it was a good read, with a good direction, by a good writer. A good book that will hopefully continue to build to better things in the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Liam Budd Aug 15, 2016

    Good characterisation and accomplished art. The story on the other hand leaves a lot to be desired. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 10, 2016

    For me, the jury is still out on whether I am looking forward to Christopher Priest's Deathstroke, but I am intrigued.  It's a weird combination of kind of liking what we get here and wanting to know what the hell I just read.  I do know that I really like the art and will be back to hopefully get more of a gage of what's going on and whether I like it or not. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Tyson Jones Aug 11, 2016

    At the end of the day, this book is off to a solid start. The art and the story look like they'll be very engaging going forward and if you're looking to learn more about the man behind the mask, this looks like the book for you. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Aug 16, 2016

    Ultimately though, Deathstroke doesn't really fill the Rebirth brief as seamlessly as other comic book runs have done, in re-introducing the character to new readers like myself, primarily because Priest assumes you already have a level of knowledge about Slade Wilson going into the narrative. That's fine, but it makes this one much more for Deathstroke fans and DC completists only, and while it has some neat touches, is well drawn & decently written, going into much darker places than many other DC comics, it didn't do enough to keep me personally along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lead Sharp Aug 16, 2016

    And as a side note, please can we leave the fucking nineties alone? Read Full Review

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