Deathstroke (2016-) Vol. 1: The Professional

The World’s Deadliest Assassin blasts into a new era in DEATHSTROKE VOL. 1: THE PROFESSIONAL, as part of DC Rebirth!
With a thousand enemies and a thousand kills, Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke, is the world’s greatest assassin. His genetically enhanced strength, reflexes, healing and intellect—plus his ruthless dedication to his work—have made him one of the most feared people on the planet.
But even Deathstroke has vulnerabilities—and someone in his inner circle is beginning to exploit them.
When an assignment in a war-torn African country leads him to an old teammate, Deathstroke discovers that his own daughter, Rose—a.k.a. the Ravager—has a price on her head. In order to save her life, he’ll have to break his professional code, betray his most trusted allies, cross his most powerful enemy and defeat his own unshakeable addiction to violence.
Can Deathstroke run this gauntlet and survive with his family, his honor and his life intact?
Find out in DEATHSTROKE VOL. 1: THE PROFESSIONAL, exploding from DC’s blockbuster Rebirth event! This historic volume and great new jumping-on point opens a thrilling new chapter in the life of one of comics’ greatest villains—crafted by the legendary writer Christopher Priest and a killer team of artists, including Carlo Pagulayan, Larry Hama, Joe Bennett and more! Collects issues #1-5 of the acclaimed new series with the DEATHSTROKE: REBIRTH one-shot.

Christopher Priest is a mythic hero who can pull worlds and storylines out of thin air like magic, everything he touches turns golden and sets a new standard for greatness in the Comic World.

 In Deathstroke he created a character who is a villain but at the same time you can’t help but want to root for on some level. The plot is so full of depth and makes reading about a mercenary who bounces between being straight up evil to questionably ethical intriguing; it all depends on your perspective. The book does a good job of showing the balance without trying to convince the reader to pick a side. Priest did a good job adding in the female counterpart to mimic a father/daughter relationship especially as it illustrates a completely different side to his persona.

 The only huge flaw was some of the back and forth because it was a little confusing but eventually the story leveled out so it wasn’t horribly bad.

 The artwork was detailed and realistic with a good color palette that helped to set the scenes. It was nice to see such a diverse set of characters.

 Thank you to Netgalley and DC Comics for allowing me to review this book.

 *synopsis and pic from

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