Deathstroke’s back, baby. And he’s got the blade to prove it.
Deathstroke #28 is the first part of the two arc story named “Chinatown,” which ties together plot points from the last ten issues of the story. Christopher Priest weaves an interesting story and starts to tie up some earlier plot points from his run. With amazing writing by Priest as usual and stunning art by Diogenes Neves, Deathstroke #28 continues the series’ trend of being an absolute gem to read.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
“Chinatown” part one! In the aftermath of the shocking events of this year’s Deathstroke Annual, Slade finds himself at a crossroads as his ad hoc “Dark Titans” team dissolves and even Wintergreen finally abandons him. Slade begins a turbulent backslide to his old ways, bringing him face to face with China’s New Super-Man!
Tell me about it!
So this issue picks up after the annual with Slade’s newly revitalized stance towards killing — so revitalized in fact that it’s the first thing he does in the issue! And the reveal we get afterwards is so so much better. You know how everyone has been complaining or cheering about the return of the trunks on Superman? Well Deathstroke has them back too! It makes Slade looks remarkably ridiculous, but it’s rather amusing how deadly he is despite the goofy appearance. This is a great time with DC calling back to many of their older designs that are both goofy but great at the same time.
Slade’s return to killing also says goodbye to Wintergreen, likely temporarily, which is like Alfred departing from Batman with how close the two of them are. However, Slade still has the AI based on Wintergreen which drives forward his more bloodthirsty side while also being a voice of reason to the often weapons-first Slade. Meanwhile the revelation about Rose and Willow being the same person raises some more questions while closing up others. Priest really has a twisted and interconnected narrative that thrives by this series and it’s general disconnect from the rest of the DCU.
The art by Diogenes Neves as always is great to look at and keeps with the overall style that Deathstroke has had since the beginning. The way he draws the fights between Slade and Kong Kenan, the New Super-Man of China, is great with the motion shown well. The expressions on the faces are brilliant and have always been.