Deathstroke Rebirth 1 – 20

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #1
Written by Priest
Art by Carlo Pagulayan

I only know Deathstroke from his appearance in other comic books (and I have to say he is way overused) and not his solos series, and for a #1 issue this really is not written for new readers. I was so lost, and I know the character.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #2
Written by Priest
Art by Larry Hama and Carlo Pagulayan

Okay I have always wondered why Rose Wilson had silver hair, I always assumed it had something to do with whatever the thing is that Deathstroke injects into himself but when he has injected others – like sadly Cassandra Cain for example – their hair does not turn white. (Maybe that is just because Cassandra is so badass she can take it without her hair turning white.) Anyways, I still found this issue hard to follow, but better than the last – at least I know Rose Wilson/the Ravager from her Titans days.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #3
Written by Priest
Art by Joe Bennett

This issue was the best yet as I could actually follow it completely and I enjoyed the art. Deathstroke and his daughter have a very interesting relationship…he is such a dick to her but it is kind’ve amusing.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #4
Written by Priest
Art by Joe Bennett

Sweet, we get to see Deathstroke’s bare ass in this issue! His daughter obviously did not like it but I sure enjoyed it. Thanks Joe Bennett. I particularly enjoyed the phone conversation between Rose and Wintergreen as Wintergreen explains that Deathstroke is a villain but he still loves his daughter and she has to learn how to get close to him in a way that Deathstroke will accept – being a villain and all. It is interesting that Rose has never met her brother in this timeline – or at least that part of her life has been stolen from her by whoever is behind Rebirth.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #5
Written by Priest
Art by Joe Bennett

Ok well this was a good issue as Deathstroke spends sometime torturing Robin while Batman and the Ravager team up. In the end, we discover Slade took the hit out on Rose. Why? To teach her something? He sure is a crazy Dad.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #6
Written by Priest
Art by Larry Hama and Carlo Pagulayan

Okay so big revelations in this issue – not only did Deathstroke put a hit on Rose but it looks like it is her boyfriend who picked up the hit! Oh and Jericho is dating Mr. Ikon and Jericho decides to leave him and marry this woman. This is the first I heard that he was bi. But I am not sure what is going on with Dr. Ikon at the end.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #7
Written by Priest
Art by Larry Hama and Carlo Pagulayan

This issue was mostly a fight between Deathstroke’s ex and deathstroke. What a fucked up relationship – she has even recruited Superman to go after him. All of the time jumping does make this read confusing.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #8
Written by Priest
Art by Larry Hama and Carlo Pagulayan

This issue was mostly a fight between Superman and Deathstroke on a boat. Not much else to say but Rose is pissed her boyfriend isn’t who he says he is.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #9
Written by Priest
Art by Cary Nord

I have to confess the first part of this comic with Rose and Jericho I understood and enjoyed but I was completely lost in what seems to be a Deathstroke flashback story. I hate how much Priest jarringly jumps around in time and does not explain much.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #10
Written by Priest
Art by Cary Nord

Once again the Deathstroke flashback stuff just did not interest me. But the doctor explaining how Jericho and Rose got their powers from their father’s metagene was pretty cool. Maybe this is because Slade’s kids are inherently more interesting characters than Slade himself. Interesting Deathstroke hears about Wally West Flash’s return while in jail and it peaks his interest. I wonder how this will play out.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #11
Written by Priest
Art by Denys Cowan

I am always excited to see what Sweet Home Chicago is like in the DC Universe and in this issue Deathstroke takes on a contract from a bunch of mother’s whose children were killed in Chicago’s gun violence. The media gives Chicago a bad rap and it is in reality a wonderful city but parts of the city are very dangerous. This issue deals with it…I am not sure how I feel about it yet. Certainly I don’t think the solution is more violence like Deathstroke seems to think but Deathstroke isn’t a hero.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #12
Written by Priest
Art by Larry Hama and Joe Bennett

Ok so the guy killing people in Chicago was actually the Raptor in disguise and not Deathstroke. This was an okay issue. I still find it hard to care at all about Deathstroke as a character.

 

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #13
Written by Priest
Art by Larry Hama and Joe Bennett

There is some great naked Jericho scenes in this series and I always can appreciate that. Jericho is shown about to have sex with his female fiance when he begins to think about Dr. Ikon. Did he kill his former lover? Because that is awful. I always thought Joey was a hero. Speaking of Jericho, it looks like Rebirth has restored his time as a superhero to the timeline. It is unclear if he was a Titan or not but he sure did wear his original costume – it is shown in a flashback in this issue. Oh and the final page —- shit! That’s a cliffhanger. Family drama should ensue soon.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #14
Written by Priest
Joe Bennett

Just like Superman in recent comics, Deathstroke mysteriously goes blind in this issue and is saved by a young woman who has the ability to change her size. I loved the scene where she tells the cabby that this is why people use Uber. That made me smile. It is good to have a character in this series who seems genuinely good and I hope she sticks around. But who is she?

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #15
Written by Priest
Art by Larry Hama and Carlo Pagulayan

Okay so this Tanya Spears girl is the new Power Girl? Then how the hell was Karen Starr still Power Girl over in the Harley Quinn series? That series seems to live in its own bubble but still come on DC you have been so good at keeping things straight otherwise. Meanwhile Jericho is trying to save his former lover and I am still shocked he basically threw him off the roof to begin with – and this series continues to confuse me but I find it enjoyable.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #16
Written by Priest
Art by Larry Hama, Carlo Pagulayan, and Robin J. Viacava

This partnership between Deathstroke and Power Girl is kind of amusing. I wonder if she will have a calming effect on him. He seems to genuinely like her otherwise he would not be so pissed about her getting shot. Good issue.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #17
Written by Priest
Art by Joe Bennett

Power Girl finds out that Deathstroke is really deathstroke from Beast Boy and I feel so bad for her because she really trusted him but there fight was fun to watch. Meanwhile, Jericho’s fiance finds out about his relationship with Dr. Ikon and tells Jericho she had been banging Deathstroke. Family drama! I love it.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #18
Written by Priest
Art by Joe Bennett

Rose is definitely a different character than she was Pre-Flashpoint, she is much more innocent and not as quick to anger as I remember her being on the Teen Titans. In this issue, the Eddie woman Jericho was going to marry is found dead and Jericho blames Deathstroke, this is what they call a Wilson Family Wedding as Jericho beats the crap out of both Deathstroke and then his sister trying to stop him.

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #19
Written by Priest, Benjamin Percy, and Dan Abnett
Art by Larry Hama, Carlo Pagulayan, and Roberto J. Viacava

This is Part 3 of the crossover that began here and continued here. First of all fuck Deathstroke for calling Barry Allen the real Flash. Wally is the real Flash! I am rather confused about Titans continuity here. Why does Jerichio not know Wally West? Has the time he was a Titans not been restored to the timeline?

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Deathstroke (Volume 4) #20
Written by Priest
Art by Larry Hama and Carlo Pagulayan

So Jericho was on drugs and that is why he has been acting so strange? Makes sense I guess. It is interesting that Power Girl is an evangelical Christian. I can’t think of any0one else in the DCU who fits that description. In this issue, Deathstroke has decided to become a hero or some sort of good guy after his experience in the Titans crossover. This isn’t the first time he has lead the Titans (Remember that horrible Titans: Villains for Hire era?) but now it looks like he won’t be leading as a villain. I think this book will be much better as a team book so I am on board.

 

 

 

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