Comic Book Question of the Week VOTING: What the New Deathstroke Ongoing Needs
All of the above.
this.. but if you insist, lets comment on every option
1. amazing action: that's what every comic book need, so I want choose it because it's an obligation for all comic books
2. a compelling plot: Without a plot, you don't have a story.. but being compelling or not is what the quality of the story depends on... so it is necessary.
3. More interaction with other DC heroes and villains: This is the hardest stage IMHO, it's always been easy with most of the villain-because they are restricted to one hero, but it is been hard with all the heroes since they have a variety of enemies and allies. Deathstroke on the other hand, is not restricted to an enemy like most of the villains which required to interact a great bunch of heroes and villains to make alliances and enmities.
4. A focus on Slade's relationship with his family: see (5)
5. A solid insight into Slade Wilson: you mean his origins right?!!! if so thats my number one priority since there is no existence without an origin that tells about his early life and Slade's relationship with his family
If there was an "Other: " option, I would have said " a better writer" cause Tony Daniel is a good artist, a terrible writer
I think he has became a better writer
he needs a good origin story on how he lost his eye and gains his enhanced abilities...there are so many different stories.
I kind of like how they never explained how he lost his eye. I think they showed just leave it a mystery......
They have actually. Pre-52 his wife shot him in the eye. New 52 his eye was shot by a nameless Korean soldier. Thanks Liefeld.
All of these are great options though I think the most important ingredient that we'll need at this point is a compelling plot. We already know Tony Daniels is going to deliver on the eye candy and now we just need a story that will keep us on the edge of our seats. Deathstroke needs obstacles to overcome all while showcasing his tactical prowess. We need to see Slade thinking ahead of his enemies and surprising the audience with the tricks up his sleeves.
Aside from that he needs a compelling antagonist. The closest we came to Deathstroke having a recurring enemy in the previous run was the mercenary "Legacy" who continued to resurface due to particular reasons I won't spoil. Pin Slade up against someone people will remember, someone that will make Slade a better mercenary for the experience of shedding their blood.
Have him interact with more heroes and villains. The possibilities are endless when you have such a gray character like Slade.
Give him a fair sized interesting supporting cast. It can be like Green Arrow's 2 or 3 people behind the scenes. I think that was one of the main things the previous run suffered from. Deathstroke was always on his own and occasionally interacted with Peabody who dropped off the face of the earth entirely once Liefeld and Jordan stepped up to the plate. We need Slade to bounce off of someone and not clutter the pages with thought boxes.
Lastly, we need to get away from entire arcs finishing with "It was Slade's kid A,B, or C the whole time! You know, because they hate him!"
It would be cool to see an interesting plot and cool fight scenes with other DC universe assassins like Brone tiger, Cheshire, Red hood, vigilante, black spider, deadshot, Black manta, Nightshade, Cassandra Cain, Richard dragon, Grifter, Midnighter, David Cain, Ravager, Jericho, Lobo or Faux- bo, Deathblow, Lady Shiva, Prometheus and Hawkman. Also a Versus story arc would be awesome.
Why isn't there an all of the above? Well since I become a fanboy when my favorite characters meet each other, I'll choose interaction between more villain and heroes. Slade is a bad ass cause he can be a villain to anyone. I want to see him challenge villains and heroes around the DC universe...and kick Batman's ass.
To have a character driven story go well, you need a good character. All the best comics have it, because plots change and stories evolve since it is an ongoing. So we really need Slade written well and properly fleshed out and humanized. Plots should grow out of the character's motivations and decisions and he shouldn't feel like a puppet in his own story. Character is everything.
As a kind of recent reader to DC(Jumped on full time with New 52) Deathstroke interested me. Many times i have seen him in animation, or in comics and even referenced in battle threads .So i decided to delve into the new 52 version of the character by collecting his entire New 52 series. The action was great but moat of the times the plot was lacking. If you wanna see deathstroke just kick ass its great but if u are looking for a masterpiece mindblowing story with a twist certainly not your book.
First post ever btw. Read almost everything in DC since the reboot.
Liefield (how is he still employed btw? Everything he touches turns to coal) tried to explore the Nth metal origins with both Deathstroke and Hawkman when N52 began. Has the Nth ever been fully explored? How'd he come across it? Then tie it in with Hawkman. They had a cool team-up and would also make an evenly matched fight.
Deathstroke is way past the point of overexposure. We all know he is awesome and kicks ass but we have absolutely no proof of this in print since he took down 5+ league members in Identity Crisis. Make him come across and whoop the ass of some people who will make us sit back and say, "Whoa...Deathstroke is still the shit!" For christ sakes, as much as I love the TV show Arrow, Slade Wilson should straight up retire losing to a B Lister like Green Arrow. Period. (Hawkman, Batman bc they are supposed to be equals, Any Lantern, Black Adam on a mission to Kahndaq!). Ninjas? Yawn. Family Ties? Yawn. I need DC to re-prove to me that Deathstroke is the Terminator first then you can evolve the rest of his family. I cannot care about his family until I am invested in him.
Slade Wilson is like pocket aces for a bad card player. You have the best hand in the game but we all know you're going to screw it up somehow.
Isn't compelling plot an open door, I mean shouldn't every comic series have one? I think it's more interesting what we want the plot to be about not whether we want it to be good (duhh) or not.
I would love to see a lot of interaction with heroes and villains from the established DC universe. But most of all I want to get inside Slade Wilson's head. Let's pry everything open and get a good insight into this character!
I think what Deathstroke really needs to have a successful run is to provide more insight into who he is, why he does what he does, does he have regrets, does he keep trophys, more on his history when he first got into the assassin gig. Maybe some first encounters with other heroes/villains, how he was trained. Honestly it couldn't hurt (for lack of imagination here) to have a Deathstroke year 1 type of thing.
Right now it kinda feels like they push the Clint Eastwood angle for Deathstroke. A man of few words but tons of butt kicking. Well that works for a two hour movie. But that character and his actions quickly become vapid with enough exposure. If he's not going to talk out loud, then readers need to see what he is thinking.
Deathstroke needs roots. Readers need to better understand what he cares about, so we can decide if this is a character we can relate or take prolonged interest in. Just my opinion.
I want all the above, but a compelling plot always comes first, because the rest will follow. I think we've already got a solid insight into Slade, and if they're going for yet another interpretation, I'll carry my love and knowledge of the character into the story, until they ret-con it along the way. If it's a character I'm unfamiliar with, it allows me to put myself into him/her more, which can make the story more compelling, leaving more interpretation. As much as I love seeing Deathstroke interact with other DC characters, that shouldn't happen until further down the line. Slade can handle his own, and they need to prove that, so he can have an identity of his own.
Insight into the character which should be accomplished by scrapping everything done with the character since the reboot and starting again with pre 52 continuity from army experimentation, saving wintergreen, his wife shooting his eye out and developing into the most badass mercenary ever
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