Comic Review: Deathstroke #3 (DC Comics)

This issue follows on from Deathstroke finding out that there has been a hit put on ravager -who just happens to also be his daughter – and begins with him […]

This issue follows on from Deathstroke finding out that there has been a hit put on ravager -who just happens to also be his daughter – and begins with him standing over her while she sleeps in the embrace of her boyfriend but disappearing as she wakes (in a totally noncreepy way obvs)

The story leads to an old man feeding pigeons and a young jogger stopping to stretch before descending into conflicting ‘hits’ with one being paid to kill a gangbanger while the other paid to stop it. As the jogger grabs a hidden rifle the colour drains from the page while she realizes she has walked into a trap and is cut to ribbons in a hail of bullets!

Luckily it snaps back a few seconds with the jogger adjusting her plan and kicking the crap out of everyone regardless of Deathstroke’s interference leaving her at a disadvantage. The jogger was none other than Ravager with the colour fade being her precognition kicking in!

Quickly the roles change from hitmen hit person Assassins to surly teenage daughter and overbearing father who expects more from his daughter. As rose/ravager tries to prove to her father/Deathstroke that she is fine on her own both personally and professionally he dismisses it all and rather harshly compares her to any other ‘stupid teen’  and sets off alone to discover the origin of the hit against her.

I love the artwork in this series! It’s sharp bright and vibrant even while displaying the grittiness of night time in the city and the way the precog scene drained the colour from the page was fluid really effective

The flashback in this issue was a lot more cohesive and easier to follow in the timeline than before and didn’t feel so ‘jumpy’

The dynamic between father and daughter is again really well planned out and although Slade seems completely disinterested in any part of his daughter’s life that makes her ‘weak’ he has obviously been keeping tabs on her and cares more than he shows

About Martin Cameron

A 34 year old manchild from Scotland, bravely fighting the on going war between a love of comics and space to keep them. Boxes are filling and thanks to the digital age we live in so is the harddrive! I love finding a new comic to obsess over and rediscovering old comics to immerse myself in from the very first issue. A healthy mix of the seven dwarves of geekdom all wrapped up in one kilted bundle of amusement