billy-wilson

5

From Doctor Strange & the Sorcerers Supreme #007

Art by Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez, Guillermo Ortego and Jordie Bellaire

Written by Robbie Thompson

The Professional Confusion?

Deathstroke Vol 1: The Professional - Review

Assassins. They all seem to lack a sense of humour. Then again, at least they’re not like Deadpool. He’s so annoying. Interestingly enough, started off as a parody of Deathstroke. Anyways, I actually really like Slade Wilson, I mean I still maintain that he was the best villain that Arrow ever had. 

Apart from his TV presence, I hadn’t read any of his comic escapades. This graphic novel told the story of Slade first finding his old partner Billy Wintergreen, who was the equivalent of Batman’s Alfred. Then he finds out that someone has put a hit on his daughter Rose aka Ravager, and both he and Rose travel to Gotham to find out who it was. Enter Batman and Robin and this awesome exchange of sidekicks. Well Slade kidnaps Damian. And Rose tags along with Batman. 

I enjoyed the overall tone of the novel, but I found the constant flashbacks really confusing. They come at odd points during the issues and that lack of continuity meant that it was tough to keep up with. I did however enjoy Slade’s interaction with both Wintergreen and Ravager. And the little frenemy moment with Batman was awesome.

Artwork wise, again, I enjoyed many of the panels, they were easy to follow and the way that Slade killed many of his victims was slick. Overall Slade’s presence in the DC universe is way more prominent than this novel makes out, and in the future I’d like to see more interactions with more characters in the extended universe. Perhaps we can have less flashbacks?

Favourite Panel:

How does everyone know this about Batman? It cracks me up.

You’ll like this if:

1) You’re a fan of slick assassinations

2) You like it when characters swap sidekicks

3) You like awkward family bonding

My overall rating:

★★★★★★☆☆☆

4

“No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.” -Billie Holiday

Many of the greatest women in music history tend to get overlooked when there’s discussion of who’s the best or who’s ‘queen’ or who has the biggest influence. Without some of these performers, your fave probably wouldn’t be here.

Not only were these women pioneers artistically, but huge feminists who defied traditionally male-based genres with grace. And I think that’s pretty cool.