Deathstroke Vol. 1: Gods of War
Collection: Deathstroke #1-6 © 2014-2015
Publisher: DC Comics © 2015
Written by: Tony S. Daniel
Pencils by: Tony S. Daniel
Inks by: Sandu Florea
Color by: Tomeu Morey
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Collection Cover and Original Series Covers by: Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, Tomeu Morey
Deathstroke created by: Marv Wolfman & George Pérez
After the lackluster New 52 run of Deathstroke which ended in back in 2013 after twenty issues Deathstroke gets another stab at his own series under Tony S. Daniel. Nothing of his prior series is touched upon; therefore this is a good jumping off point, after maybe reading a short bio or wiki page on the character if he’s brand new to you. Gods of War starts fresh by giving Slade back his right-eye and making him young again? Weird, huh? Don’t worry, as even some characters note it as well. Slade has been left for dead, betrayed and is basically broke. He awakens with this new body to take out the threat known as Odysseus who has his sights set on the world. This Odysseus is someone with a shared history with Slade.
The run is particularly a treat due to the other characters that show up like Harley Quinn and Batman for example. This leads to hilarious hijinks and possibly one of the best drawn and most entertaining fight scenes on the pages of a comic I have seen in a long time. Granted, Daniel is no Alan Moore when it comes to writing a story. Honestly, the beginning is a bit convoluted and one plot detail sounds like something out of spy film. Nonetheless, his stories are rather straight forward and he knows how to write action. In fact, he may be the best at writing action. Most of the times comics treat action scenes as something akin to a light scuffle or skirmish, but not Tony S. Daniel, he is truly creating and choreographing an elaborate fight scene that adds to the excitement of the story. Helping with this is Tony S. Daniel himself as the artist. Daniel has a style of sleek sexy lines and stylized graphics. He knows how to beautify graphic violence. It is interesting in how many warm colors Morey brings to the art with many shades of red, tan and pinks that really make Deathstroke, the action and everything else in the foreground truly pop. Morey helps by not coloring all the blood in such a vibrant crimson red all the time, but adjusting from page to page depending on each scene as simply a result of a scene or if the blood is meant to emphasize something particular.
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