With DC's 'The New 52,' we've been left wondering what changes, if any, our favorite characters will go through. Kyle Higgins, writer for Nightwing and Batman: Gates of Gotham, will be guiding Deathstroke the Terminator in his new ongoing series. The book lands in comic shops tomorrow, September 14.
Will this be the same Slade Wilson we've known or will there be major changes? To get you prepared, we asked Kyle some questions to see what we could find out before reading the issue.
Comic Vine: Deathstroke is supposed to be a vicious killer but isn't always depicted that way. How crazy violent will your Deathstroke get?
Kyle Higgins: I think it's a safe bet to say we're exceeding the action and violence quota of the other 52 launches... by a lot (laughs). Ok, maybe not exceeding them... but we're certainly up there.
This is a book that's a blast to write and of the big reasons is because of how merciless Deathstroke is in his work. As for not always being depicted as a “vicious killer” or a top-tier threat, you're right. But if you think about it, villains by their very nature are designed to lose. Their whole purpose is to challenge our heroes, make our heroes better, or show how good our heroes are (which is accomplished by beating said villain). So, what tends to happen with a character like Deathstroke—whose entire core is built on being the fiercest killer/mercenary in the DCU—is that he becomes over used. Him showing up becomes a short hand for a lot of writers in trying to convey that feeling of “oh man, our heroes are in some deep shit!” But at a certain point, and after so many of these appearances, you start to ask yourself “why am I scared of this guy again?”
In my opinion, he's been existing on his reputation alone for a long time. And that's kind of something I'm playing with in the new series. But, you know, this creates a whole different set of problems—if a villain's purpose is to show how great our heroes are, how do you create a sustainable book ABOUT a villain? What do you have him do? Who do you have him kill? It's a balance I'm finding in the series.== TEASER ==
CV: With the 'creation' of the new Teen Titans team, does Deathstroke still have a connection to them? Are you and Scott Lobdell planning any crossovers?
KH: No, there's no connection. And at this point we're not planning any crossovers.
CV: Nightwing is another character with close ties to Slade. Since you're writing both, will Nightwing's circus tour bring him up against Deathstroke?
KH: You know, that's something I considered... but I decided to wait. Don't get me wrong—I'd love to do a Nightwing and Deathstroke crossover... but I want to make sure I have the right story for it. I have the beginnings of an idea for one, so we'll see. But I promise this—if I ultimately do one, you can guarantee it'll be epic.
CV: Where does Ravager fit in the "New 52"?
KH: As far as I know, Rose was never Ravager... although that's more a question for Scott Lobdell. I believe she's showing up in Superboy.
CV: Will we find out what Deathstroke keeps in all his little pouches on his belt/costume?
KH: Spare pouches (laughs). I'll work a diagram into issue 6.