Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Deathstroke #18 *****SPOILER REVIEW

Writers: Priest & Joe Bennett
Inks: Norm Rapmund
Color: Jeromy Cox

Family Feud

When Jericho finds his beloved Etienne dead, he immediately assumes that his father is the culprit. Heartbroken, from not only discovering Etie was a spy, but also sleeping with Deathstroke, Jericho begins to lay into his father. A bloody bath ensues; when Rose tries to step in, Jericho promptly punches her in the face. Before being punched, Rose was contemplating her own identity. Who would she become, is she just her father’s daughter? The truth will be revealed in the next issue of TITANS.

Out of the Loop

This was actually a fun read that surprised me in a good way. I would have gotten more out of it, if I had more back information on Deathstroke. I didn’t understand the flashbacks of a father and his sons, or did I get the whole ikon suit framing device. Despite not knowing the facts behind the scenes, I thoroughly enjoyed them, and I found myself engrossed in Deathstroke’s world. The layout is still very odd and hard to grasp. Maybe once I continue reading more issues, I’ll finally figure out the flow, and be able to map out the story better.

Family Ties

Talk about drama! Jericho is an engaged man who had an affair with another man, and whose fiancé is not only a spy for Amanda Waller, but also sleeping with his dad. Rose was in hiding from her father for awhile, because she thought he had put a contract out for her. She finally believes that it wasn’t him who was trying to kill her, and is now contemplating joining team Deathstroke. Whew! Character drama is always a great way to spice up a book and really engage the reader, and this book has plenty of it. I’ve just started reading again after taking about a twelve issue pause, and I’m actually excited to get back into the story. It also helps that the vibrant colors and art style play really well into the intensity of the plot.

So What?

Despite the riddle of a layout Priest and Bennett present, I find myself really into this arc’s run. With the continuation of this story being in Titans, you know that the Lazarus Contract is here, and there are a lot of players involved. Deathstroke’s life is kind of falling apart right now, which is a great set up of all the possible ways he could react to upcoming events. Being blind, estranged from his kids, and losing Power Girl’s friendship, there just might be some desperation in him, that could result in some impulse behavior. We will just have to wait and see.

✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✩✩✩ 7/10 

Ariel DuPey | NCR 

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