@micah: That's not really what I want from this series, I want this series to get the character back on track. Make him the sick twisted guy who wants to make his own army, and try to erase the Titans. Sinestro's new series is doing a great job of being entertaining, showing how twisted he is, while still connecting to the other lantern series, and that's what I want from this book.
I think DC is just beginning to realize they're sitting on a gold mine with Slade. I believe he's a great character if not one of the best these days. There is so much untapped potential in the character beyond hunting children or getting his ass kicked 20 different ways by Batmans pre teen protege and his best bros. Daniel is going to pin Slade up against threats that rival Darkseid and bring the mercenary to the forefront of some of the biggest names around. That sounds quite on track to me. The Terminator is big league. So maybe he isn't going to try to manipulate teenagers for the 78th time and sink into the same old routine and obscurity once again. I think given time the character is going to go so much further than he already has in the past couple of years. Which is an impressively long way.
While a characters roots are important and should never be forgotten, I think the child play should be left in the past. Sure cross paths with the Titans here and there but never make it all that slade is about. Just my opinion.
If that's how you see him then you don't truly know Deathstroke.
On the contrary. I'm just not clinging to the past. Slade hasn't had a serious reason to go after kids for a long time. Especially in the new 52. The Titans didn't kill Grant. Slade did. Rivalries are born, and rivalries end.
See Deathstroke and the Titans.
See Deathstroke and Nightwing
See Deathstroke and Green Arrow
All just a part of the chain that has brought Slade to who he is today.
Deathstroke is no longer the Antagonist monster in the closet from the 80's. He's a protagonist, with his own life, his own missions, and he can fight it out with the best of them.
In this day in age. THIS decade. Anchoring him to where he was in the beginning is only embarrassing to the character. Some people STILL won't let the character live down how he "can't even beat a group of kids" even though he has put plenty to the blade in recent years. It's been done to death and it's just so dated.
I say let him be the worlds deadliest assassin, "Deathstroke the Terminator". Not forever shackled to "Deathstroke the tactfully frustrated father."
It all boils down to story progression.
Look at where Deadpool is today. In his inception he hunted down the new mutants. Is he still doing that? Not so much. He's all over the place.
Just because I don't think a character should be doing what he was doing 34 years ago doesn't mean I don't know a character.
He's not meant to be a protagonist, he's only really interesting as a foil for the Titans. Also, this is comics, the whole point is legacy, if anchoring characters to their roots was embarrassing, then there would be no point to reading comics. Also I don't like how you call the Titans "Kids" in such a disrespectful way, especially since they have had some of the greatest comics of all time, and have been one of the greatest teams in all of comics.
That may be how you find him interesting and you may think he shouldn't be a protagonist. I understand that. It doesn't change what is though. And what is just so happens to be Deathstroke as the protagonist in his own book without Titans.
I'm not being disrespectful. The Titans are kids. One of the greatest teams of all time or not.