Written by Christopher Priest
Art by Carlo Pagulayan
Cover by Jason Paz
You don’t know how good you’ve got it till it’s gone. Which is applicable in the case of Christopher Priest. Responsible for seminal comics like Steel, Deadpool, a memorable if not defining run on Black Panther, along with his co-creation: Quantum and Woody, it’s been quite awhile since Christopher Priest wrote comics on a regular stretch. All of that makes his return appearance to an ongoing with Deathstroke a bit of an odd duck, but as with anything he’s done, it’s all about the subversion of expectations and there’s plenty of black humor to be found in the pages of Deathstroke.
Truthfully speaking, unlike the other Rebirth books that have come out so far, there hasn’t been a tremendous amount of significant change over the last five years for Deathstroke, barring a one sentence reference to the previous status quo, this issue is all about getting acquainted you with what kind of man Slade Wilson is, and where he’s going. And unsurprisingly, he’s a horrible man and a killer, there’s no attempt made to soften him other than to understand the logic that defines him, much like a certain other inscrutable genius Priest wrote once.
That said, this still is a comic set in the DC universe, and there’s plenty of action to be had. Carlo Pagulayan does a great job dealing with the requisite Priest trope of hopping between space and time, as well as the intense action sequence near the end. It also decides to go a fair bit into Slade’s own unhealthy familial relationships as well, while it’s not new in comics, or even for Deathstroke, the comic does it’s job of getting you familiar with the character of Slade Wilson while providing a meaty story to boot. If you’re looking for a comic to get your feet wet, some fun action, a character unlike others running around in the DC Universe, and a new Christopher Priest comic to boot? You’ve come to the right place.
4 out of 5 Deathstrokes