Christopher Priest & Carlo Pagulayan “Deathstroke, Volume 1: The Professional” (DC Comics, 2017)
I’ve got some mixed feelings about this one.
I really like the creative team. Christopher Priest seems to write solid comics that feel like thrillers with a superpowered boost. In some ways they feel like the blockbuster movies of the future. I was not previously familiar with Carlo Pagulayan, but he did a solid job on this book.
On the other hand, I am not really a fan of Deathstroke. I’m just not a fan of comic villains who are assassins. I mean, how does that even work in the comics universe? It just seems to break the world for me.
So the challenge then, is can a good creative team make a book that I will enjoy?
The answer unfortunately is mixed. I really enjoyed the portion of the book that was more or less a spy or war story. When it gets more into the “normal” DCU, I felt like the tension between the core of the character and the universe was too much to me.
I’d love to see this as a straight spy or war book. Keep Deathstroke away from the capes.