Flashpoint: What Will It Mean For Deathstroke?

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Far reaching big events are nothing new to the world of DC Comics, so there is no question that the all new FLASHPOINT event will be any different. The event that was first teased last April is finally coming closer to it's official start date —and it is sure to change everything we know about the DC Universe. But it's not like we haven't heard that one before, right? Big events are generally advertised in the same sort of way. Something big happens that alters every fabric of the universe's reality, and everything we once knew goes topsy-turvy. In fact, that is exactly what FLASHPOINT seems to be. Rather than continuing to be the great protector of Gotham, Bruce Wayne will run a casino. Instead of growing up in Smallville, Kansas, Superman will be experimented on by the government. Hal Jordan never becomes Green Lantern —he is just plain Hal. With all these alternate stories being advertised, you have to wonder what it all means and how any of this will be different than an "Elseworlds" story? Why should we, as readers, buy into this new  and upcoming series? 

While I can't really answer that question for all of you, I can address one specific detail that has gotten me, personally, interested in the launch of this event. One of the differences between this event and the many other cross over events we have seen in the  past is that there will be attention brought to some of the DCU's biggest super villains. In fact, one of my favorite super villains will be affected by the changes in the DCU in his very own three issue mini series titled Flashpoint: Deathstroke & The Curse Of The Ravager. The cover to the mini series which will be written by Jimmy Palmiotti was released late last week depicting Deathstroke in a slightly altered version of his costume. Ditching his mask for an eye patch, Deathstroke is presented with a pistol in one hand and a blade in the other,  hopping from one dock to the next whilst fighting off some nefarious looking seamen. The image was first seen on the DC blog with a title that inferred how Deathstroke will "stop at nothing to find his lost treasure." Considering the title of the mini-series makes a mention of the Ravager being a "curse," could it mean that in Flashpoint Rose Wilson never existed? Could she be just a curse? And if so, is this a metaphor for what Slade's life could have been had she never been born?  == TEASER ==

Earlier this week DC revealed a preview to the May issue of TITANS #33; and with it, an interesting quote from the series' writer, Eric Wallace about the new story arc, "Broken Promises." According to Wallace, "Broken Promises" will change Deathstroke" forever- not only will it shed light on Deathstroke's present, but on his past as well. 

Slade’s been pretty cold-hearted up to now in running these new Titans. That’s because he has an uber-mission to complete, one that’s only been hinted at up to now. Well, the endgame of that plan is finally revealed in “Broken Promises.” But it’s not just Slade’s present that gets illuminated. It’s his past, too. One of the things the entire creative team wanted to do with “Broken Promises” was to really dig deeply into how and why Slade became the man he is today. The shattered oath referred to in this arc’s title is one of those key moments that ended up defining Slade.

Since we know that the release of Deathstroke's 'Flashpoint' mini-series will be released "Some time after May," it's very possible that we may see some cross-over from this mini series into the four part "Broken Promises" storyline. In fact, I would almost be a bit disappointed if we don't. Aside from that, though, there is the question regarding what Broken Promises could mean and whether or not it has anything to do with Slade's bad parenting skills. If you know anything about Rose and Slade's relationship it is that it is filled with empty and broken promises. In fact, Ravager has been used by Slade as a weapon on more than one occasion. So what could this all mean? Could Slade finally have a change of heart in "Broken Promises?" Will the new TITANS storyline have anything to do with Slade's Flashpoint story? What would you like to see happen? Check out the preview for TITANS #33, part one of "Broke Promises" below. 


 

#1 Posted by CrimsonTempest (307 posts) - - Show Bio

An even deeper insight into Slade Wilson through Titans... Damn, Wallace has finally stumbled upon something that may make the book more bearable than what it is. I'm game for this.

#2 Posted by Nefarious (18798 posts) - - Show Bio

Always great to see Deathstroke. 

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#3 Posted by DKing_CiCADA (340 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks interesting most likely pick it up im interested in flash point, prelude #1 the first flash comic i bought. I love deathstroke and want to read more about him

#4 Posted by Quintus_Knightfall (84599 posts) - - Show Bio

Excited for Titans, but not feeling "Pirates of the Caribbean Deathstroke." 
Well written article though.

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#5 Posted by CasimirAngel (150 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm excited to see how this turns out.

#6 Edited by Jslab425 (51 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow a 3 issue mini-series!  

Deathstroke had his own book for years (before your time I guess Sara) - 65 issues.
He already was the compelling anti-hero that DC is oh-so-desperately trying to return him to... after the atrocities they imposed upon his character in Identity and Infinite Crises.
 
I am totally looking forward to Flashpoint and its associated minis but not this one. In Slade's case, we've seen it all before...and it was better.

#7 Posted by GraveSp (318 posts) - - Show Bio

Anyone else notice that one of the guys in the background has a hook hand?

#8 Posted by doordoor123 (3721 posts) - - Show Bio

Flashpoint seems to be DC's AOA. IM excited!
#9 Edited by Golden Cod (412 posts) - - Show Bio

DC and Marvel never cease to come up with new ways to retcon things do they?   I'll give it a gander as long as Slade's "lost treasure" isn't actually a precious bauble.   I'll really disappointed in the writers if they do that.

#10 Posted by Crazy Pan (708 posts) - - Show Bio

They better not get rid of Rose...only reason I read DC now days...

#11 Posted by Ontherun1994 (11 posts) - - Show Bio

I doubt the new story arc will crossover into Flashpoint. Flashpoint is an altered DC timeline. The only hero that will have any crossover is The Flash since this whole thing has to do with him

#12 Posted by CrimsonAvenger (1162 posts) - - Show Bio

I gotta say I'm not digging the new Deathsrtoke costume, I've never been able to except him as Deathstroke without the mask. I think I'll get this new series, hope it's good.

#13 Posted by AMP - Seeker of Lost Knowledge (1221 posts) - - Show Bio

I have a few things to say:

1. In regards of Slade/Deathstroke and the next issue of TITANS: BLIND. How he will manage to fight might be a mystery or he can go all DAREDEVIL on DC.
 
2. In regards of the title: DEATHSTROKE AND THE CURSE OF THE RAVAGER, since Slade is some-what dressed as a PIRATE, Ravager could be DC's version of 'The Black Pearl'...a ship filled with cursed pirates....
 
Again, these are my opinions.....but it's highly unlikely that the should come true....
#14 Posted by MisterMollusk (103 posts) - - Show Bio

Deathstroke is a douche.

#15 Posted by TheFlash4740 (1263 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope Deathstroke dies a horrible..horrible...death.
 
PIS bomb douscher

#16 Posted by GT-Man (4054 posts) - - Show Bio

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

I'm looking forward to Flashpoint, but after TItans I could care less about Slade Wilson.

#18 Posted by Beast_in_the_Shadows (424 posts) - - Show Bio

If you look at the cover, you can see that the ship he is leaping off of is called, "The Ravager"
 
Now his ship might be curesed, or the ship and it's crew may be so notorious that they are considered a curse to all who encounter it.

#19 Posted by NightFang (9904 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nefarious said:
" Always great to see Deathstroke.  "
#20 Posted by TDK_1997 (14471 posts) - - Show Bio

Deathstroke is one of my favourite villains and i like to those stories

#21 Posted by Eyz (3095 posts) - - Show Bio

Can't wait for this House of - I mean FLASHPOINT!
 
I love Elseworlds/What if..storylines. So this huge event will be pretty fun^^

#22 Posted by NXH (1031 posts) - - Show Bio

He looks like a pirate and for that, I am sold lol

#23 Posted by Billy Batson (57784 posts) - - Show Bio
go gramps go
#24 Posted by batflasharrow96 (445 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope this fixes Wonder Woman

#25 Posted by entropy_aegis (14459 posts) - - Show Bio
@TheFlash4740 said:
"I hope Deathstroke dies a horrible..horrible...death.  PIS bomb douscher "

NOOOOOOOOOOO.
#26 Posted by kennybaese (1101 posts) - - Show Bio

"...fighting some nefarious looking seamen..." Heh, seamen... 
 
Anyway, I have been back and forth on Deathstroke for a good long time. He's either grossly mishandled, or kind of awesome, there really hasn't been any in between with him. Though, especially if it's some weird kind of pirate story, I think Palmiotti is a pretty good fit for his character.

#27 Posted by Caligula (12417 posts) - - Show Bio
@Babs: 
you said "Seamen".... had to do it.
 
and for "the Ravager" it's his pirate ship.
#28 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (2055 posts) - - Show Bio

Keep him a anti-hero, he is to cool for a change of heart.

#29 Posted by ironshadow (1470 posts) - - Show Bio
@entropy_aegis said:
" @TheFlash4740 said:
"I hope Deathstroke dies a horrible..horrible...death.  PIS bomb douscher "
NOOOOOOOOOOO. "
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL.
#30 Posted by ReVamp (22863 posts) - - Show Bio

Man, I ain't getting into the Titans series but, I really wanna see what happens to Roy and Slade... 
and this preview just blows my mind.

#31 Posted by Coldbrand (41 posts) - - Show Bio

Keep your damn mask on!

#32 Posted by SladeRogers (291 posts) - - Show Bio

To be honest, I think both storylines revolve around Grant Wilson rather than Rose Wilson. Remember, Grant was Ravager before Rose was ever born so it makes since that it's about him rather than his sister seein' as how it deals with Slade's past. And Broken Promises most definitely is about his "promise" to Grant, a promise he made by taken the contract on the Titans his son held before he died tryin' to fulfill it. Just a thought.
#33 Posted by insheepsclothes (169 posts) - - Show Bio

...im sorry, i really got hung hung up on the words 'nefarious looking seaman"....initiate giggling fit: engage!

#34 Posted by cyberninja (10413 posts) - - Show Bio

#35 Posted by mrtrickster (2307 posts) - - Show Bio
@AMP - Seeker of Lost Knowledge said:
" I have a few things to say:
1. In regards of Slade/Deathstroke and the next issue of TITANS: BLIND. How he will manage to fight might be a mystery or he can go all DAREDEVIL on DC. 2. In regards of the title: DEATHSTROKE AND THE CURSE OF THE RAVAGER, since Slade is some-what dressed as a PIRATE, Ravager could be DC's version of 'The Black Pearl'...a ship filled with cursed pirates....  Again, these are my opinions.....but it's highly unlikely that the should come true.... "
dc better give slade his eye back soon. I don't want a blind slade running around fighting people. this is by far the worst thing dc has done this year, worse than the death of blue beetle.
#36 Posted by RYU/BATMAN (388 posts) - - Show Bio

I have wanted Deathstroke to be a pirate for a long time. Dream come true. He looks better as a pirate anyway.

#37 Posted by Video_Martian (5645 posts) - - Show Bio

Slade's a Badass.

#38 Posted by warlock360 (28050 posts) - - Show Bio
@mrtrickster: he could rely on his sense's sort of like Daredevil (no hate Vance).
#39 Posted by mrtrickster (2307 posts) - - Show Bio
@warlock360 said:
" @mrtrickster: he could rely on his sense's sort of like Daredevil (no hate Vance). "
it's not if he can still fight or not. the point is dc made a stupid decision to make slade completely blind.
#40 Posted by frogjitsu (478 posts) - - Show Bio
@mrtrickster: He's like his son now.  There both completely blind.  What is there damn obsession with the Wilson families eyes!  DC get over it already!
 
Off topic, but has Titan's been any good since Deathstroke to control?  I dropped the book before because of the lackluster story lines, but I happened to flip through the current issue in my LCS and it looked interesting, but I didn't want to invest at the moment.  What do you think?
#41 Posted by mrtrickster (2307 posts) - - Show Bio
@frogjitsu: 

He's like his son now.  There both completely blind.  What is there damn obsession with the Wilson families eyes!  DC get over it already!  


lol, so true.

 Off topic, but has Titan's been any good since Deathstroke to control? I dropped the book before because of the lackluster story lines, but I happened to flip through the current issue in my LCS and it looked interesting, but I didn't want to invest at the moment.  What do you think?  


deathstroke's cool. tattooed man's ok. can't stand cheshire and roy though. couldn't care less about cinder. as the story, the killing atom part was the worst. after that it's ok. I like the story of them went to arkham asylum. the osiris storyline was interesting, revive isis fighting freddy, 
but they better give slade his eye back soon or I'm gonna drop this book
#42 Posted by TheShame (477 posts) - - Show Bio

'curse of the ravager': might be a pirate twist, might be something to do with one of the previous ravagers (i'm hoping grant wilson)

#43 Posted by Jake Fury (18160 posts) - - Show Bio

Flashpoint #2 and we finally get tp see Deathstroke. What did everyone think of Captain Wilson?
#44 Posted by Quintus_Knightfall (84599 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jake Fury said:
Flashpoint #2 and we finally get tp see Deathstroke. What did everyone think of Captain Wilson?
Bad F'n Ass is what I thought. I'm a huge fan of the art which as well.
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#45 Posted by Jake Fury (18160 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambler
It definitely was. Kubert's art on this series is amazing.  
Who was the guy in the brig they were using for sonar?
#46 Posted by Quintus_Knightfall (84599 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jake Fury said:
  Who was the guy in the brig they were using for sonar?
I've been asked that a couple times and I honestly have no idea. His costume 'kinda" made me think Mon El.
Or maybe its just some random?
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#47 Posted by Jake Fury (18160 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambler
According to the comic's page he's credited as Sonar.
I'm far from a DC expert so I've never heard of him.
#48 Posted by Quintus_Knightfall (84599 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jake Fury said:
@Gambler
According to the comic's page he's credited as Sonar.I'm far from a DC expert so I've never heard of him.
Oh nice. I checked the page yesterday but he was missing. Glad someone updated it.
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