12-Month Trades #3: "Deathstroke the Terminator, Vol. 1-5"

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Deathstroke the Terminator

I'm looking at Deathstroke the Terminator this time, from 1991. I proposed collections of some of these issues a little differently, in several installments of Would U Buy It, but soon realized that what I really wanted was the entire series in TPB. Deathstroke is like a guilt-free Punisher. Yeah, Slade Wilson is killing a lot of people, but that's okay - he's an evil assassin, he's supposed to kill people. With Deathstroke, it's not about how he's going to get off scott free. The answer is simple: he's going to run. He's the badguy, he knows it, and he's not sticking around. If he can make it look like someone else did it, all the better, but there's no illusion that he's on some noble vendetta. He's killing people, and he's getting paid for it. And this series is just that: 64 issues of killing-for-hire, and proving why Deathstroke is DC's best assassin.

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Proposed Title:Deathstroke, Vol. 1-5.
Vol. 1 Collecting 13 Issues:
  • Deathstroke the Terminator #1-12
  • Deathstroke the Terminator Annual #1
Vol. 2 Collecting 15 Issues:
  • Deathstroke the Terminator #13-26
  • Deathstroke the Terminator Annual #2
Vol. 3 Collecting 13 Issues:
  • Deathstroke the Terminator #27-38
  • Deathstroke the Terminator Annual #3
Vol. 4 Collecting 13 Issues:
  • Deathstroke the Terminator #0, 39-49
  • Deathstroke the Terminator Annual #4
Vol. 5 Collecting 11 Issues:
  • Deathstroke the Terminator #50-60
Covers: (click to enlarge)
Vol 1 TPB Cover: Deathstroke the Terminator #1

For the Volume 1 cover, I'd use the cover to #1, or Deathstroke Annual #1. I think I prefer the annual's cover, but I do think I'd have to go with issue #1 here.

This collection would give us the "City of Assassins" storyline, which guest stars Batman, an introduction to Patricia Trayce (successor to the Adrian Chase Vigilante), Slade's tie-in to the "Darkness Within" storyline, and would reprint the "Full Cycle" storyline, where Slade fights the second Ravager. I see that as a bonus, since Deathstroke: Full Cycle is out of print.

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Vol 2 TPB Cover: Deathstroke the Terminator #21

For the Volume 2 cover, I'd use #21. Although 18, 20, or 22 could work.

This collection gives us villains like Hemp, the Janissary, and appearance by Mammoth. We see more of the Vigilante, and Slade's "Bloodlines" annual, which introduces Gunfire. Slade's three "Total Chaos" issues are in here, but there are six other parts to "Total Chaos," from two other titles. I haven't read them to know whether or not the Deathstroke issues will make enough sense on their own. The title went bi-weekly for two months, so we get two extra issues to finish out the year.

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Vol 3 TPB Cover: Deathstroke the Terminator #32

For the Volume 3 cover, I'd use #27, #28, or #32, but my preference is #32. Deathstroke Annual #3 has a nice cover, but I'd avoid it for the TPB, because it's an Elseworlds story.

We see still more of the Vigilante in this collection, the complete "World Tour '93" storyline, as well as the afforementioned Elseworlds story.

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Vol 4 TPB Cover: Deathstroke the Hunted #0

For the Volume 4 cover, I'd use #0 or #42 - my preference is #0.

This collection sees appearances by Green Arrow, Hawkman, Guy Gardner, the Titans, JLA, and pretty much more heroes than Slade would care to think about. It contains the complete "Deathstroke the Hunted" storyline, as well as Slade's "Year One" annual.

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Vol 5 TPB Cover: Deathstroke #53

For the Volume 5 cover, I'd use #53, #59, or #60, but my preference is #53.

The bi-weekly issues in Volume 2 made that collection 15 issues, and left this one a little shorter than the rest. This collection sees another appearance by Hawkman, and an appearance by the Joker. I originally included Faces of Evil: Deathstroke, just because that's the only other Deathstroke book, but after a brief consult with Emperor Gonzo Noir, I decided he was right: it doesn't really fit with the series. Besides, the idea is to be somewhat like the Marvel Classics trades - just collecting the series, with no frills.

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As mentioned at the start, Deathstroke #1-5 have been collected before, in the 1992 Deathstroke the Terminator: Full Cycle TPB. It is the only collected edition of the series, and has long been out of print.

Would you buy this series, if it were reprinted in TPB? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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#1 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (19714 posts) - - Show Bio

This is a series that been on my to collect list for some time. Personally I don't think the Faces of Evil Issue would fit too well with the rest of the series though. It's much to current and removed from the other series

#2 Edited by cbishop (7207 posts) - - Show Bio
@Emperor Gonzo Noir: Yeah, I was a little on the fence about that issue, but included it, since it's the only other Deathstroke book out there.  What would you do if you took it out?  Leave the last volume at 11 issues?  Or would you take the two extra issues out of Volume 2, and rearrange things so Volume 5 has 13 issues like the rest?
#3 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (19714 posts) - - Show Bio
@cbishop: I'd just leave the last at 11 or try to find a short story or two from a Showcase issue or the like. There are sure to be some floating around
#4 Edited by cbishop (7207 posts) - - Show Bio
@Emperor Gonzo Noir: Oo! Good idea - I'll give it a gander. :) 
 
EDIT: I did find a Deathstroke story in Showcase '93, but decided against including it.  I'm just going to drop the FOE issue, and leave Vol. 5 at 11 issues.  Thanks for the "consult," Emperor. ;)
#5 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (19714 posts) - - Show Bio

I did some searching. The first five issues plus a Titans story was collected in a trade some time ago

#6 Posted by cbishop (7207 posts) - - Show Bio
@Emperor Gonzo Noir: Yep. That was Deathstroke: Full Cycle.  I had that at one time, but I believe it's out of print now.  Which is why they need to do these trades. :)
#7 Posted by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio

Great series.

#8 Posted by cbishop (7207 posts) - - Show Bio
@turoksonofstone: I liked the issues I read, but I haven't read them all... which again, is why they need to do these trades! lol (and holy crud! I can get into my comments again! Huzzah!)

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