Much like Titans, I hadn’t, up until now, made the effort to read any issues of Deathstroke from the current series, and if it weren’t for the Lazarus Contract arc, well, let’s just say that I am glad that the Lazarus Contract has pulled me into reading the series. Why am I so interested now? There is a line in the description of this issue that sums it up. From DC, “Find out what happens when the World’s Deadliest Assassin becomes the Fastest Man Alive!” What a thought, right?
As much as I like the idea of having the world’s deadliest assassin become the fastest man alive, I also have an issue with it. In Deathstroke #19 there is a scene/collection of scenes where Deathstroke takes a break from his main mission—to stop his son from being killed—and kills four unsuspecting targets that are in various locations around the world. This is a great scene, I loved it, but it also left me feeling the need to call bullshit.
My thinking is this: If Deathstroke can travel around Earth, and then in turn kill four unsuspecting victims in a minute’s time, wouldn’t he also be able to take out the Titans and the Teen Titans and hell, Batman? Sure, why wouldn’t he have been able to get all this done in under a minute? He could have, but didn’t, and frankly I can’t find any reason why he’d hold back. Because Charlie, you’re reading a comic book, and killing everyone, everywhere, right now, is bad for sales… I digress.
Aside from my little rant there, I enjoyed this book and recommend it to even those who don’t see themselves as fans of Deathstroke. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of depth and emotion that writer Christopher Priest incorporated into the story.
I can’t wait to see how this arc ends.