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Deathstroke #17 - Trouble With Honor Review

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Deathstroke takes on a clan of ninjas. Yup, it's as entertaining as it sounds.

The Good 

There's a hit on Deathstroke and writer Justin Jordan wastes no time diving right into the chaos. Slade heads to Japan to confront the man behind the order and what follows is a full plate of action with a side of even more action.  We literally have just one page of chatting before the first strike is made. From there, it's Slade doing what he does best -- being a virtually unstoppable badass.  
 
Captions remind us yet again of his superior physicals and talent while panels have him humiliating dozens of foes. It's nothing we haven't seen before, yet there's two variables that help keep it fun. For one, they're in the confined space of a train. And second, he's fighting friggin' ninjas! They're skilled, but you almost feel bad for them come the second splash page. Dudes like that against someone with Deathstroke's armor and weaponry? It's no contest and that's more than clear as it plays out in a rather unfortunate manner for them. Jordan once again hits home the point that Slade's a tactical man -- and a good tactician is always prepared.   
 
Edgar Salazar and Juan Fernandez's art had a few moments in this issue that really impressed. There's two solid splash pages of  Wilson taking on his enemies and Fernandez creates one of the most vibrant explosions I've seen.

The Bad

Since this is so heavy on action the quality of the story takes a hit. The cliffhanger isn't all that powerful because, truthfully, nothing has been done to make us care about the supporting cast. Also, I wish we weren't force fed frequent reminders about how strong, fast or smart Slade is through captions. We know he is and having him continue to instead prove it with his actions will more than suffice. 

The Verdict 

This is one of those rare instances where the cover offers an accurate representation of what happens in the book. While there of course isn't actually 10,000 enemies, the issue pretty much boils down to Deathstroke vs. an overwhelming amount of ninjas. It's fun, violent and yet another reminder that Slade's called the best mercenary around for a reason. Just don't come into this issue expecting any strong character development or a deep plot and odds are you'll have a good time.
17 Comments
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

:-(

Posted by Mucklefluga

Sounds like this book has really picked up fast, too bad it's getting cancelled.

Posted by jsphsmth

Great job DC get a good writer and a good direction for the series and then cancel it. Don't even get me started on cancelling Team 7 before JJ had a chance to do something with it.

Guess it is time to give Marvel more of my money.

Posted by k4tzm4n
@jsphsmth@Mucklefluga@Jonny_Anonymous: Yes, it really is a shame they're cancelling the book without giving Jordan a fair shot.
Posted by Mucklefluga

@jsphsmth said:

Great job DC get a good writer and a good direction for the series and then cancel it. Don't even get me started on cancelling Team 7 before JJ had a chance to do something with it.

Guess it is time to give Marvel more of my money.

@k4tzm4n said:

@jsphsmth: @Mucklefluga: @Jonny_Anonymous: Yes, it really is a shame they're cancelling the book without giving Jordan a fair shot.

Justin Jordan seems to get great reviews for his books, what does he write that isn't getting cancelled?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@Mucklefluga said:

@jsphsmth said:

Great job DC get a good writer and a good direction for the series and then cancel it. Don't even get me started on cancelling Team 7 before JJ had a chance to do something with it.

Guess it is time to give Marvel more of my money.

@k4tzm4n said:

@jsphsmth: @Mucklefluga: @Jonny_Anonymous: Yes, it really is a shame they're cancelling the book without giving Jordan a fair shot.

Justin Jordan seems to get great reviews for his books, what does he write that isn't getting cancelled?

Nothing at the moment but he's moving on to Superboy

Posted by Mucklefluga

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Mucklefluga said:

@jsphsmth said:

Great job DC get a good writer and a good direction for the series and then cancel it. Don't even get me started on cancelling Team 7 before JJ had a chance to do something with it.

Guess it is time to give Marvel more of my money.

@k4tzm4n said:

@jsphsmth: @Mucklefluga: @Jonny_Anonymous: Yes, it really is a shame they're cancelling the book without giving Jordan a fair shot.

Justin Jordan seems to get great reviews for his books, what does he write that isn't getting cancelled?

Nothing at the moment but he's moving on to Superboy

Thanks

Posted by The Stegman
@jsphsmth said:

Great job DC get a good writer and a good direction for the series and then cancel it. Don't even get me started on cancelling Team 7 before JJ had a chance to do something with it.

Guess it is time to give Marvel more of my money.

I partially agree, I hate that DC won't even give this book a chance, it's like they're oblivious to the fact that Liefeld is horrible, since they keep hiring him, then when sales drop, they think it's because of the title, not the writer (same goes for Hawkman) It's a shame to see this go, since I love the book and the title.  
 
However, I'm not gonna give Marvel my money either, both companies never learn, it's like if DC does something horrible, we go to Marvel, then when Marvel gives us bologna, we go to DC, it's like being on the rebound in between two abusive ex's. 
Posted by jsphsmth

@The Stegman: Im not necessarily running into the arms of Marvel, I still have over 30 DC series on my pulllist, but I am going to think twice about adding any more due to their latest cancellation announcement.

Why support Gail's The Movement when you know it will be cancelled within a year?

Same goes for Fearless Defenders at Marvel, why buy it when odds are that it won't last a year?

It is hard for me to continue supporting either companies niche series and it is a shame because I think the best storytelling was occurring in those series.

Posted by Azrael66

This new run should be given a chance. I don't want this book to go away.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

ZThis book is 5 Star to me after the god awful liefail run.

and Screw Liefail for making this book cancelled

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Posted by cagedleo730

@Mucklefluga said:

@jsphsmth said:

Great job DC get a good writer and a good direction for the series and then cancel it. Don't even get me started on cancelling Team 7 before JJ had a chance to do something with it.

Guess it is time to give Marvel more of my money.

@k4tzm4n said:

@jsphsmth: @Mucklefluga: @Jonny_Anonymous: Yes, it really is a shame they're cancelling the book without giving Jordan a fair shot.

Justin Jordan seems to get great reviews for his books, what does he write that isn't getting cancelled?

He's writing Shadowman for Valiant. It will sell as much as Deathstroke and Team 7 sell but won't be cancelled anytime soon.

Posted by cagedleo730

@The Stegman said:

@jsphsmth said:

Great job DC get a good writer and a good direction for the series and then cancel it. Don't even get me started on cancelling Team 7 before JJ had a chance to do something with it.

Guess it is time to give Marvel more of my money.

I partially agree, I hate that DC won't even give this book a chance, it's like they're oblivious to the fact that Liefeld is horrible, since they keep hiring him, then when sales drop, they think it's because of the title, not the writer (same goes for Hawkman) It's a shame to see this go, since I love the book and the title. However, I'm not gonna give Marvel my money either, both companies never learn, it's like if DC does something horrible, we go to Marvel, then when Marvel gives us bologna, we go to DC, it's like being on the rebound in between two abusive ex's.

Deathstroke and Hawkman's sales were plummeting before Liefeld got on the book. He was given a sinking ship that he couldn't save. It shows that some books sell on character rather than writer. Higgins wrote both Deathstroke and Nightwing. Tony Daniel wrote both Hawkman and Batman in Detective.

Posted by Saren

I was promised 10,000 ninjas, dammit!

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Posted by jwalser3

Whats with the cover? DCcomics.com have a different one?

Posted by Catsnlynne

I don't understand why people don't like Deathstroke.
Edited by Avenger85

@Catsnlynne: Becaue he's simply too badass and makes even Batman look like a chump sometimes.