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Deathstroke #37 Review

Christopher Priest (Author) • Fernando Pasarin (Pencils)

Jeromy Cox & Carrie Strachan (Colorist)

Tyler Kirkham & Arif Prianto (Cover Artists) • Francesco Mattina (Variant)

DC Comics (Publisher) • Get it now (Amazon)

Wow! It's been three months since my last review of Deathstroke. This is a strange story. At the end of the last issue, Slade and Devon had escaped the Asylum and the cliffhanger was that they were presumably abducted by aliens.

This issue opens up with Slade back in his cell with no one acknowledging the escape. Devon has also gone missing. No one remembers him except for Hugo Strange. The Doctor, Candace denies that it happened at all and asks that he retrace the steps used to escape.

After failing to find a way out of the Asylum. Slade is sent to a virtual group therapy session where the goal is for the Arkham inmate's to team up and kill Batman. During this session, Deathstroke makes a connection with Two-Face as he offers to help him out.

It's so strange that I have all of these comics with Two-Face as the villain. I'm also reviewing the current run of Detective Comics and Harvey Dent features heavily. He's one of my least favorite Bat-Villains but the dynamic between the characters is admittedly interesting.

While this is going on the perspective shifts to Deathstokes children as they work to complete a hit in Arkham.

The entire issue is strange and closest comic I can compare this arc to is Jeff Lemire's, Moon Knight. The story is interesting but a bit hard to follow if you haven't been following the series closely. I imagine you'll get more out of this issue and series if you've been following monthly.

Fernando Pasarin is really good at portraying these characters and action within this issue. Christopher gives him a lot of material to work with. The aesthetic of the issue is appropriately dark and confusing. I would normally complain at this point but since the issue is telling the reader that the setting is not what it seems I'm totally onboard.

I'm having fun with the comic because of the sheer insanity of the events but I'm not sure if I should be recommending it. It seems like an arc that may be better enjoyed in trade. That may be why it took me so long to review the second issue. This may be an arc I cover in video form once I have all the details. It's not a bad arc. It's just really strange.

Rating B-

#ChristopherPriest #Deathstroke #FernandoPasarin #JeromyCox #CarrieStrachan #TylerKirkham #ArifPrianto #FrancescoMattina #TwoFace

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