Deathstroke's Best Covers

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Posted by k4tzm4n (38831 posts) - - Show Bio

The time has come to appreciate some of our latest Character of the Month's best covers! Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke, has been appearing in the pages of DC's comics since 1980. His popularity has received some major boosts over the years, so obviously, he's appeared on a whole lot of covers! There are plenty of good ones to choose from and we've decided to highlight 13 of them. Now, let's go enjoy some covers!

THE NEW TEEN TITANS #2

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the very first appearance of the Terminator and the beginning of his conflict with the Teen Titans. Even though the lethal character appears on the issue's very first page, George Perez's cover does a solid job teasing the new villain and the image offers a great serving of foreshadowing, too. Deathstroke may be lurking in the shadows, but this is easily one of the most memorable covers for fans of dangerous mercenary.

DEATHSTROKE #1 (2011)

Many were thrilled when DC announced Deathstroke would have an ongoing series in the New 52. Excitement then shot through the roof when we got a look at the first issue's cover. The chapter's called "Back to the Basics" and, for Slade Wilson, that means being one of the deadliest mercenaries on DC's Earth. Simon Bisley's artwork showcases this perfectly while impressing us with the character's new costume, as well. It's every bit as intense and fierce as a Deathstroke cover should be.

DEATHSTROKE #1 (1991)

Deathstroke's appearances in TEEN TITANS generated plenty of interest in the deadly soldier, so DC decided to give him the spotlight in 1991. Wilson's series ran for 61 issues (plus 4 annuals) and made its debut with this memorable cover. Mike Zeck has the Terminator striking a pose which says basically everything you need to know about him: he's heavily armed, quite confident, and isn't someone you'd ever want to bump into.

BIRDS OF PREY #45

Phil Noto's cover for 2002's BIRDS OF PREY #45 is terrific. Firstly, it just oozes such a cool vibe as it displays Slade in motion and has him take aim at the reader. Secondly, it illustrates just how intimidating this guy can be. One second he's not looking at you and the next you're right in his sights. The Teen Titans are well aware of just how fast Slade is, but Noto's cover allows us to appreciate his fluid movements and accuracy. You can't help but love the vibrant coloring, too.

FLASHPOINT: DEATHSTROKE AND THE CURSE OF THE RAVAGER #1

Don't worry, we'll talk about this one without dropping any bad pirate jokes! The Flashpoint universe is a dark and twisted place and the Deathstroke we've come to know is a violent fellow. This cover reveals just how bleak and graphic this alternate world can be. Joe Bennett's cover shows off Slade's new design while also revealing that yes, he's still one of the deadliest dudes around in this timeline.

IDENTITY CRISIS #3

Deathstroke is known for being one of the most skilled mercenaries on the planet and there are plenty of fights where he shows just how talented he truly is. However, none are quite as jaw-dropping as his battle in IDENTITY CRISIS #3. With this cover, Michael Turner drives home the point that Wilson will always stand tall and possibly even triumph over his enemies -- even when they consist of someone with super-speed, a Power Ring, and much more. He's just that good and Turner's cover does a perfect job proving that.

DEATHSTROKE #15 (2011)

Scott Clark's cover for DEATHSTROKE #15 is phenomenal. This single image alone can help you understand why he was originally called "the Terminator." There's a lot of great covers on this list, but none make him quite as fearsome as this one does. It may be a simple pose, but it's presented flawlessly and is without question one of the most intimidating images of Deathstroke you'll ever see.

NIGHTWING #81

Deathstroke and Cassandra Cain are incredibly gifted combatants and, luckily for us, we've seen them duke it out a few times. Dave Johnson's cover for NIGHTWING #81 is able to capture just how skilled and graceful these two are as they're locked in a battle. It's but a glimpse of the fight between these two and leaves you anxious to see how the rest will play out.

TINY TITANS #12

Deathstroke is a character that strikes fear into many, but that doesn't mean he can't be adorable, too! With the cover for TINY TITANS #12, Art Baltazar gives us a totally different look at Slade Wilson. The mercenary may appear unamused as he and Trigon banter back and forth, but he still manages to look so darn cute! That said, having Wilson as a Principal is a pretty frightening thought, isn't it?

VILLAINS UNITED #1

Even when great characters like Black Adam and Lex Luthor grace a cover, Slade Wilson manages to jump in and steal the spotlight. Gail Simone's VILLAINS UNITED is a thoroughly fun read and J.G. Jones' cover is a real attention-grabber. Sure, it's yet another cover of a group striking a pose, but it's just so cool as these individuals stand tall and the cloudy sky compliments the villainous team quite well.

GREEN ARROW #61

Some may think Scott McDaniel's cover for GREEN ARROW #61 is misleading because Deathstroke doesn't appear until the issue's cliffhanger. However, it's that very reason which makes this image so fitting! This cover is loaded with suspense as we witness a standoff between Slade and Green Arrow. We have no idea what'll happen next and that, readers, is the exact same note the issue leaves us on! This cover does a really great job teasing the big conflict that's about to develop between these two.

TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #44

Every Deathstroke fan needs to read The Judas Contract and this issue's an important one. This third chapter finally tells Wilson's origin story and so much more. It's all about explaining to us who Deathstroke is, revealing more of his family, and what this means means for the people around him. George Perez's cover perfectly illustrates everything this issue addresses. With this many characters slapped on the cover, it had the potential to become an overcrowded mess. Instead, they're wisely boxed into their appropriate groups and the fact they surround Slade is a fitting design. Added bonus: this is also the first appearance of Dick Grayson as Nightwing!

DEATHSTROKE #1 (2014)

It was recently announced that Tony Daniel would be the man behind a new Deathstroke series and the news included this glorious picture (which will likely be the cover for the first issue). Only one word comes to mind while looking at Daniel's image: badass. Everything from the damaged armor to the heavy shading to the vivid lightning is magnificent. This was an excellent way to announce the new volume and it definitely has many of us excited.

What's your favorite Deathstroke cover? Don't be shy, share it with us below! Be sure to keep checking the homepage throughout July for more Slade Wilson articles!

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#1 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32993 posts) - - Show Bio

The 2011 cover is pretty fantastic

#2 Edited by redwingx (741 posts) - - Show Bio

What the heck is with the Deathstroke obsession? The guy is your generic assasain.

#3 Posted by GraniteSoldier (7430 posts) - - Show Bio

Deathstroke #1 from 2011 is awesome. I live that you can still see his dog tags.

#4 Edited by k4tzm4n (38831 posts) - - Show Bio

@redwingx said:

What the heck is with the Deathstroke obsession?

The time has come to appreciate some of our latest Character of the Month's best covers!

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#5 Posted by UltimateSMfan (1393 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice!

#6 Edited by dagmar_merrill (7825 posts) - - Show Bio

No liefield? :P

#7 Posted by Jan_Valker (285 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool stuff.

#8 Edited by AmazingWebHead (1808 posts) - - Show Bio

I miss the days back when people talked on the covers

#9 Posted by Wardishy (648 posts) - - Show Bio

Tony Daniel's Deathstroke has too many fingers on his prominent hand.

#10 Edited by JoshuaDBr (168 posts) - - Show Bio

This one is definitely my favorite. It's amazing!

I love Tony Daniels art every time I see it. And I love this picture. But there are a couple of things that I'm not sure about.

Like, Deathstroke doesn't seem to have his N'th metal armor in this photo, so where did it go (Because I didn't have the money for it, I haven't read the New 52 Deathstroke books. So if it's explained in those, then my bad.)? And also, I hope Tony Daniels draws him with his huge sword, because I love seeing him use that. I'd be a bit disappointed if he doesn't get the broadsword, but still, I'm excited.

#11 Posted by saoakden (1034 posts) - - Show Bio

My favorite is the New 52 Issue 1 cover & the image released the other day for his new series. Issue 15 is cool too.

#12 Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse (6253 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice covers.

#13 Posted by mightyrearranger (1490 posts) - - Show Bio

Villains United is top of the pack for me. My favorite look for Slade and a cool group shot.

#14 Edited by ClawFist (313 posts) - - Show Bio

I really like this unused cover for Deathstroke 18 where he's fighting Warblade. This needs to become a rivalry in my opinion. Like Warblade and Pike had in the Wildstorm Universe.

#15 Edited by RedAlert539 (84 posts) - - Show Bio

Nothing can beat those Perez covers from back in the day;)

#16 Posted by longbowhunter (6998 posts) - - Show Bio

Love the Phil Noto and Dave Johnson covers.

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#17 Posted by patrat18 (9445 posts) - - Show Bio

@clawfist said:

I really like this unused cover for Deathstroke 18 where he's fighting Warblade. This needs to become a rivalry in my opinion. Like Warblade and Pike had in the Wildstorm Universe.

Never seen this before, nice.

#18 Posted by phantom1527 (414 posts) - - Show Bio

This new cover looks legit

#19 Edited by marvel_boy2241 (2468 posts) - - Show Bio

Number 18 because it shows his weakness.

#20 Posted by johnny_blaze (511 posts) - - Show Bio

http://www.covernk.com/Covers/L/D/Deathstroke%20The%20Terminator/deathstroketheterminator41.jpg

#21 Posted by InFamous_Wolf (973 posts) - - Show Bio

That Deathstroke #15 cover is a masterpiece. Anyway did the New 52 Deathstroke comic turn out to be any good. I dropped it after #3 because it felt boring and lame tbh.

#22 Edited by MadeinBangladesh (6570 posts) - - Show Bio

BEST ONE NO DOUBT

#23 Posted by StMichalofWilson (3736 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice covers

#25 Posted by BlackArmor (6136 posts) - - Show Bio

love that Birds of Prey cover

#26 Posted by Jayc1324 (11038 posts) - - Show Bio

The first new 52 one was bad.

#27 Posted by TheFirstLantern (1505 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow phil noto's art has really come along. Is villains united any good, as well as the new 52 deathstroke?

#28 Posted by Farkam (4863 posts) - - Show Bio
#29 Edited by gunmetalgrey (1267 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought Jason Fabok's cover on Deathstroke #8 would be a shoo-in.

#30 Posted by Pokeysteve (8234 posts) - - Show Bio

One of the most bad ass looking characters in comics.

#31 Posted by jwalser3 (4838 posts) - - Show Bio

Jesus Comicvine. I like Slade too, but come on.

#32 Edited by longbowhunter (6998 posts) - - Show Bio

@thefirstlantern: I loved Villains United. Read it more than once actually. It's the miniseries that sets up the Secret Six.

Looking at these covers I can't help but be reminded we lost Michael Turner and Scott Clark way too soon. Such a shame.

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#33 Posted by Bierschneeman (3929 posts) - - Show Bio
#34 Edited by Bluefox170 (382 posts) - - Show Bio

@jwalser3 said:

Jesus Comicvine. I like Slade too, but come on.

Slade is the character of the month. He's going to be featured prominently throughout July. Same as Moon Knight I believe last month. Don't know how this is flying over people's head.

#35 Edited by E1000 (108 posts) - - Show Bio

Good idea to have a best covers poll for a character ! Very good, I mean it.

#36 Edited by Darling_Luna (3958 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice picks

I like to bring up the one from the Brightest Day: Titans run

#37 Posted by Mapuia_Ralte (80 posts) - - Show Bio

BEST ONE NO DOUBT

Yes, the cover alone convinced me to repick this series. It's so damn cool, the pose, the colors, the old-western feel to it, definitely my favorite among these.

#38 Posted by iaconpoint (1363 posts) - - Show Bio

Been kinda out on superheroes lately (except for Batman) but with Tony D. doing this I'm all over it.

#39 Edited by JoshuaDBr (168 posts) - - Show Bio

I just need to know, will he have his n'th metal armor?

#40 Posted by TheBlackHood (311 posts) - - Show Bio

@jwalser3 said:

Jesus Comicvine. I like Slade too, but come on.

Slade is the character of the month. He's going to be featured prominently throughout July. Same as Moon Knight I believe last month. Don't know how this is flying over people's head.

Yeah, I don't know if people are being willfully ignorant because they dislike the character or they are just new to Comicvine. Strangely, I didn't see people complaining at all about Moonknight month.

#42 Posted by SC (12896 posts) - - Show Bio

@ptigrusmagus: Not an appropriate way of addressing other users, refrain from doing so in the future, this is a warning.

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#43 Edited by lightsout (1827 posts) - - Show Bio

@wardishy said:

Tony Daniel's Deathstroke has too many fingers on his prominent hand.

Wow, you're right. That's a pretty big thing to let slip by. (I wonder if it'll be fixed when it actually gets printed). Surprised no one replied to this yet.

#44 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (7657 posts) - - Show Bio

Pretty cool stuff

#45 Posted by Astro_Zombie78 (71 posts) - - Show Bio

#1 from the New 52! Is my favorite. Also the Villains United cover is awesome. Thank god no Liefeld covers were chosen, he sucks!!!

#46 Edited by k4tzm4n (38831 posts) - - Show Bio

@wardishy said:

Tony Daniel's Deathstroke has too many fingers on his prominent hand.

Wow, you're right. That's a pretty big thing to let slip by. (I wonder if it'll be fixed when it actually gets printed). Surprised no one replied to this yet.

I only see 4 fingers that are wrapping around the sword.

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#47 Posted by Wardishy (648 posts) - - Show Bio
@k4tzm4n said:

@lightsout said:

@wardishy said:

Tony Daniel's Deathstroke has too many fingers on his prominent hand.

Wow, you're right. That's a pretty big thing to let slip by. (I wonder if it'll be fixed when it actually gets printed). Surprised no one replied to this yet.

I only see 4 fingers that are wrapping around the sword.

I'm not so sure I agree. To me, it appears as though what you've listed as '3' is two separate fingers.

However, I'm willing to admit I may be wrong. If I am wrong, then the artwork is simply murky and ill-defined. And the width of his fingers also seems slightly inconsistent.

#48 Posted by Testla1 (59 posts) - - Show Bio

@wardishy: It looks to me like his pointer finger is just places further up the handle.

#49 Posted by Wardishy (648 posts) - - Show Bio

@testla1: Sorry, no, I don't see that. Seems like his fingers are all touching. And look at the silhouetting at the bottom where his fingers are shadowed. Doesn't seem to be a finger gap or anything.

Also, I could be wrong and it's a bit nitpicky but if there's a gap between his forefinger and other fingers... well, who holds a sword like that?

#50 Posted by MasterMercenary (64 posts) - - Show Bio

All the New-52 covers are awesome... but if I have to choose one, it would be Tony S. Daniel. It just mixes the bad@$$ery(is that a word?) of New-52 and the nostalgia/classic of Pre-52 with the magnificent vibe that the red sky and lightning give.

@k4tzm4n I'm Actually happy that Deathstroke's forum has some actions finally, maybe with more posts the moderators of comicvine will put Slade on "popular wiki forums'' near Batman and Superman ;). thanks for choosing him the character of the month.

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