By DStrokeWilson 11 Comments
Let me start by saying how much I loved Mister Freeze in The New 52 Annual for Batman. The plot twist really turned everything you knew on its ear and so much more almost seemed more rational now. One thing in particular I note is the elaboration they gave on his infamous red visors. They were always an iconic tool for recognizing the character in the 90's Batman cartoon. Honestly, they were awesome. To give this trade-mark purpose after all these years was kind of a treat. Its something I didn't expect.
Now, with that said: There was something I DID expect. And, as you read in the title.. I waited years for the explanation.
The even more badass and I believe greatly recognized (Though at the same time practically ignored) Power Staff Deathstroke wields. It is a miraculous tool with some pretty good history if you think about it.
Its the same weapon Deathstroke used to KILL Beastboy. And I do mean kill. The way I heard it, they had to bring him back to life via some voodoo from Donna Troy (I dunno.) but it was awesome. Not only did he outsmart the people who were filling his wallet, but he also pretty much beat the Titans in this appearance. At least, as far as he was concerned.
He'd also fight and eventually beat Batman with this same staff. It was the only tool he'd used against Batman. It felt right, considering both restrained their tools and relied mostly on hand-to-hand skills. And (My favorite) is when he used this same tool to own Hal Jordan, in every sense of the word.
When I read Deathstroke 9, I had low expectations. What I didn't expect, and absolutely HATED MOST.. Was the come-back of the Power-Staff, with still no explanation. None at all. The weapons first cameo in the New 52 is nothing but a random show for a mediocre fight that made no sense at all.
Do you remember reading articles on sites like these, the writer saying they plan to "Really introduce and elaborate on (Insert a character's name here) arsenal"? Thanks Rob..
You'd probably ask, why would it need an explanation? Well, many reasons. (I have like 600 pictures of Deathstroke fighting, panel by panel in tons of comics. Keep that in mind if I overdue the pictures.)
Its used in a multitude of ways. Sometimes one can perceive it as a missile pod (Capable of destroying a helicopter) other times its just an oversized blow dart with a bullet, and then there is the "Laser" assumption. During the Titans run (When Slade ran the team), they introduce a LOT more functions. Made you wonder how such a lean weapon did all this. Its without even an attempt at explanation.
I hope this "Scott Clark" is good. I think he's whose taking over. And perhaps, just maybe.. He'll get us back on track with a GOOD explanation for any add-ons, while still giving Slade back his radical Spartan look. I like the ninja, but without a dangling bandana (Which is what Liefeld drew) it seems pointless.