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Deathstroke #40 Review - Finally, an escape from Arkham and this series...

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

• Christopher Priest (Writer) • Fernando Pasarin - Carlo Pagulayan (Pencils)

Jeromy Cox (Colorist) • Tyler Kirkham & Tomeu Morey (Cover Artists)

Francesco Mattina (Variant Cover) • DC Comics (Publisher)

I've read the last couple of Deathstroke arc's and I've never really felt like I had a firm grasp on the series. I love the character but can't get into his supporting cast. I never walk away from the book with a bad experience, but I'm never excited by the next installment.

This issue finishes the Arkham arc and I still don't know quite know what Priest is going for here. There are some great action sequences and the visuals are awesome but it doesn't change the fact that the book is confusing AF. What I do know is that the arc is over and whatever was going on with Hugo Strange has been foiled, at least I think it is.

Even the alien invasion plot with the Pulorian is unresolved. At this point, I don't even know if Devon, Deathstroke's unofficial sidekick is real. I guess I could keep going with the series but I'm not. I'm a fan of Christopher Priest. I also enjoy the atmospheric art from Fernando and Carlo. I'm just not enjoying the comic enough to continue.

There is a lack of energy and excitement in the series that prevents greatness. I can see Deathstroke: Arkham being a great arc in some circles which will probably read better in trade. I didn't hate the story but I'm glad to be over it.

Rating 7/10

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