Review: DEATHSTROKE #2

4029948-dsk_cv2wDEATHSTROKE #2
Written by Tony S. Daniel
Art by Tony S. Daniel
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: November 26, 2014

Guns, bombs, swords, blood, guts and….humour? Tony S. Daniel has just delivered one of the most entertaining Deathstroke comics I have ever read.

Daniel delivers a straight up, what-you-see-is-what-you-get, rip-roaring, Expendables style, shoot ’em up, blow ’em up, comic with this second issue. If you are looking for that, Deathstroke #2 delivers and then some. Daniel delivers the action you’d expect from this character and a surprising amount of humour. It makes the character more likable than I expected and counters the extreme level of violence, tempering it down in some ways. For the most part, this story is Deathstroke tearing through some enemies, hellbent on getting some answers and then exacting vengeance on those who have wronged him. Needless to say, Deathstroke is a tough cookie and and Daniel gets that, giving him the right dialogue and right blend of action for the character. This story just fits, and Daniel seems to be a writer very well suited for this character.

Daniel’s visual take on Deathstroke is just as important as the writing, and he gets the intensity of this character. Deathstroke is a killing machine and Daniel makes sure that is apparent in this comic. He carves through scores of enemies easily and Daniel does not hold back on the brutality of the character at all. This is solid superhero art, as Daniel is known for, with crisp lines and the occasional amount of grit to suit the character. Daniel injects a ton of personality into Slade Wilson with his artwork, making the character likable despite his completely unlikable side.

Deathstroke #2 surprised me, and delivered more than I expected to. The humour balances the violence well, and there is definitely action worthy of the character in this one. Fans of the character will be very happy with this interpretation and I think many people who have never cared for Deathstroke (like myself) will be pleasantly surprised if they give this one a go. Big explosions, big action, some good laughs – the DCU has an action-movie-comic in Deathstroke.

The Verdict: 7.5/10

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