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‘Deathstroke #36’ (review)

Written by Christopher Priest
Illustrated by Ed Benes and Fernando Pasarin
Published by DC Comics


As soon as I saw the cover of this issue I knew I was in for a treat.

Deathstroke is in Arkham Asylum?

That’s all I needed to know! Count me in! Luckily, it’s Christopher Priest writing this title so it’s even more fun than I originally thought it was going to be!

The opening sequence is Slade Wilson in the Asylum, and he’s going up against a bunch of Batman villains!

There is a huge fight that ends rather tragically.

Is it a dream? Or is it real?

I have no idea but I was drawn in either way!

From there we see Slade in a cell. He’s on the ground suffering. Deathstroke has been found to be insane and is committed to Arkham. This makes Slade a target immediately as it turns out that the inmates don’t exactly like him.

There are a lot of laughs in this issue as well as a lot of serious moments. Priest balances it all very well. The best part is when Slade is in a group therapy of sorts . He asks the rest of the villains if anyone wouldn’t kill him if they had a chance. Nobody responds. It’s a funny scene with a few laugh out loud lines that shows that Priest is still at the top of his game.

At the end of this issue, Slade stages a breakout from this horrible place. But like most things in this book, this doesn’t  go as planned. The last page of the book is something completely unexpected. And it seems that the next issue is going to be crazy. I particularly loved the last line of the book and it’s amazingly perfect.

The art is wonderful here. The two artists work well to make Priest’s script come to life. This seems to be another fine storyline on this awesome book. I can’t wait to see what happens next.



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