Wade Wilson has not been to Japan for many years and he was hoping it would be years more before he ultimately returned. But when someone there wants him dead, the mercenary known as Deathstroke wants to meet this foolish individual. On the train ride over, he finds that those responsible for putting the hit out on him happen to be a dangerous clan of ninjas. Just because it’s thousands against one, that doesn’t necessarily mean the odds are stacked against him.
Deathstroke is a fairly straight forward book. It’s nonstop action with very little plot. Such stories can be a positive or a negative depending upon the subject and how the tale unfolds. With this issue, writer Justin Jordan concentrates more on how Deathstroke handles having to face off against wave after wave of ninjas inside a cramped compartment than why they want him dead in the first place. It starts out fine, but it does end up getting tedious by page four. Which Jordan manages to figure out because halfway through the book moves out of the train and into the headquarters of the ninja master. Unfortunately, I read the story from start to finish and get the feeling that the whole thing doesn’t come off as carefully constructed. It doesn’t make me any more interested in Deathstroke or why he’s fighting a clan of ninjas.
The artwork feels just as uninspiring. Edgar Salazar illustrates the book fairly well, getting a lot of fluidity out of every action panel splashed throughout. The inking by Scott Hanna and Derek Fridolfs compliments the drawings and ensures that each line is pronounced properly. It’s the coloring that keeps everything from looking spectacular. Juan Fernandez does a decent job, it’s not like everything looks flat. It just doesn’t make the book look as vibrant as it probably should be. That and I get the feeling that things are a little too bright for my liking in the second half of the issue.
I don’t know what to make of Deathstroke. It’s not a bad book, but it’s nothing special either. Justin Jordan seems to be writing an action romp just because and the artwork led by Edgar Salazar is merely alright. I don’t see anything about the book, or even the character at this point, that may garner any sort of interest if the story continues to be executed like it does in this issue. As such, I can’t really recommend this book, even to Deathstroke fans. There’s nothing to see here.
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