Deathstroke #33

Deathstroke vs Batman pt 4
Writer: Christopher Priest
Artist: Ed Benes
Inks: Richard Friend

Slade Wilson is in town to pull a job, but he gets an unexpected partner: his alleged son Damian. As if the situation wasn’t complicated enough with these two trying their best not to kill each other while working as a team, Nightshade enters the picture to further put complications in an already intense, twist filled story.

Christopher Priest once again gives us readers a story with more twist and turns than a freeway at lunch hour. The complexity of the story keeps the reader guessing and on their edge of their seat as to what the next panel is gonna reveal. I love how Priest uses Slade in this story. One minute you think ‘this is how Slade is gonna play the situation’ and then out of nowhere he completely goes in a way you didn’t even see coming. I’ve said before this arc is reading like a good spy novel. Well, I don’t even know if the best spy novel out there can handle all the plot twists that Priest is throwing at us. The banter between Slade and Damian is some of these best back and forth I’ve personally read so far this year. This issue continues to deliver superb writing and expert plot twists that I’m sure will continue all the way to the end.

Benes art in this issue is very well organized and detailed. The body features and emotional expressions of the characters really shine all throughout the book. One panel in particular showing Damian hesitating before he takes action really drew my attention with the detail that Benes does on Damian and is really good work. No one character outshines others as far as the look they have. Everyone is pretty much on an even playing field. Some might say that’s a bad thing, but it doesn’t bother me. Now as far the finale, yeah I’m expecting Slade and Batman to look better than everyone else (just a heads up Mr. Benes).

Twisty plots, excellent banter between characters, and superb art throughout the book makes this issue a must pick up come release date.

8 out 10

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