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Deathstroke (Rebirth) Vol. 1: The Professional

por Christopher Priest

Series: Deathstroke: Rebirth (1-5)

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Deathstroke may be one of the most hardened anti-heroes in the DC Universe, but there's no cutting corners when it comes to contract killing, especially when your family is on the hit list! Confronted by his own troubled past and challenged to reinvent himself before he loses everything and everyone in his life, Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke, finds himself and those he values most in the crosshairs--stalked by an unseen enemy. Collects DEATHSTROKE #1-6 and DEATHSTROKE- REBIRTH #1. Rebirth honors the richest history in comics, while continuing to look towards the future. These are the most innovative and modern stories featuring the world's greatest superheroes, told by some of the finest storytellers in the business. Honoring the past, protecting our present and looking towards the future. This is the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the DC Universe. The legacy continues.… (más)
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2 stars
And it's all for the artwork.

I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to this title. And that makes the resulting mess all the more hard to stomach. It's my own fault really, I should have paid closer attention to the name on the front cover. Not the artist; Carlo Pagulayan's art is the sort I like. Clear and concise. Reader friendly with plenty to look at but not so busy that things get lost in the detail. Some really great panels.

No, my issue was with the writer, Christopher Priest, and he's a writer I've had issues with before. I dnf'd his collection of Black Panther stories for being incomprehensible, boring, and written from a random pov.

In Deathstroke I found myself at a total loss. The story, such as it is, jumps about in timeframe with no indication where the reader is in the timeline. There is no attempt to explain to the reader who any of the characters are or their connection to Slade Wilson. For a first book in a new line I would expect some attempt to fill in backstory for the new readers in manner that doesn't have them scrabbling for wiki at the first opportunity. (I held out until the appearance of Wintergreen, and then found myself reaching for my phone.) There is no attempt to explain who Deathstroke is, what happened to Slade to make him become DS, what his enhancements are, where they came from, who any of the side characters are. With no prior knowledge of DS and his origins, the reader is completely lost in this comic.

For a character with no moral compass to work the reader needs to have some empathy for them. With little to no explanation for his actions, and such a fractured telling of his backstory it is impossible to have any empathy or understanding for Slade.

Also, almost every character in the story seems to have their own agenda so you literally have no reliable narrator to hang the 'story' on.

For something I'd been so looking forward to, I finished this book frustrated as hell.

While Christopher Priest continues to write this line I think I'd be better served going back in time and checking out some of the earlier Deathstroke titles. ( )
  Lillian_Francis | Jul 26, 2021 |
2 stars
And it's all for the artwork.

I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to this title. And that makes the resulting mess all the more hard to stomach. It's my own fault really, I should have paid closer attention to the name on the front cover. Not the artist; Carlo Pagulayan's art is the sort I like. Clear and concise. Reader friendly with plenty to look at but not so busy that things get lost in the detail. Some really great panels.

No, my issue was with the writer, Christopher Priest, and he's a writer I've had issues with before. I dnf'd his collection of Black Panther stories for being incomprehensible, boring, and written from a random pov.

In Deathstroke I found myself at a total loss. The story, such as it is, jumps about in timeframe with no indication where the reader is in the timeline. There is no attempt to explain to the reader who any of the characters are or their connection to Slade Wilson. For a first book in a new line I would expect some attempt to fill in backstory for the new readers in manner that doesn't have them scrabbling for wiki at the first opportunity. (I held out until the appearance of Wintergreen, and then found myself reaching for my phone.) There is no attempt to explain who Deathstroke is, what happened to Slade to make him become DS, what his enhancements are, where they came from, who any of the side characters are. With no prior knowledge of DS and his origins, the reader is completely lost in this comic.

For a character with no moral compass to work the reader needs to have some empathy for them. With little to no explanation for his actions, and such a fractured telling of his backstory it is impossible to have any empathy or understanding for Slade.

Also, almost every character in the story seems to have their own agenda so you literally have no reliable narrator to hang the 'story' on.

For something I'd been so looking forward to, I finished this book frustrated as hell.

While Christopher Priest continues to write this line I think I'd be better served going back in time and checking out some of the earlier Deathstroke titles. ( )
  Lillian_Francis | Feb 24, 2021 |
I like Christopher Priest as a writer, though his style can be frustrating and confusing at times. What I don't like is Slade Wilson as a character. Can't stand him. Can't read more about him. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 28, 2018 |
I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review, sort of. I was supposed to receive Astro City, Vol 14, but got this one instead. By mistake. Whatever.

3 stars, and showing promise. I was really confused about what was happening with all of the flashbacks and jumping all over the globe, but about halfway through the book, things started coming together. Probably because a certain character just seemed to disappear. The book ends very abruptly, right in the middle of the plot. I hate that.

If I see the next volume, I'll probably pick it up. ( )
  ssimon2000 | May 7, 2018 |
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.
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  ttsheehan | Apr 4, 2017 |
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Deathstroke may be one of the most hardened anti-heroes in the DC Universe, but there's no cutting corners when it comes to contract killing, especially when your family is on the hit list! Confronted by his own troubled past and challenged to reinvent himself before he loses everything and everyone in his life, Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke, finds himself and those he values most in the crosshairs--stalked by an unseen enemy. Collects DEATHSTROKE #1-6 and DEATHSTROKE- REBIRTH #1. Rebirth honors the richest history in comics, while continuing to look towards the future. These are the most innovative and modern stories featuring the world's greatest superheroes, told by some of the finest storytellers in the business. Honoring the past, protecting our present and looking towards the future. This is the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the DC Universe. The legacy continues.

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