Review: Deathstroke #9

by Steven Brown
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[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]

Writer: Priest
Pencils: Cary Nord

Deathstroke is in prison! Locked up in one of the most secure facilities on the planet, Deathstroke is now located in the Supermax prison in Colorado. While in prison Slade Wilson is going under a psychological evaluation in which a part of his history is revealed.

It’s great seeing a story told from a villain’s point of view such as how Priest has done here with this series. Wilson is locked up in the Supermax prison after his encounter with Superman in the previous issue. While being in his cell, he’s sent a visitor from the U.S. military who prepares to do a mental evaluation on Slade Wilson. What happens here is a backstory into the history of how Slade Wilson picked up his signature sword, and how his name “Deathstroke” came into existence.

Although the backstory is pretty interesting, it totally takes away from the current setting of Wilson’s fate in the Supermax. Personally I was eager to see ways of Wilson figuring out how to escape or at least an attempt. However I’m guessing that Priest is saving this attempt at a break out as a bigger treat for the next issue.


Deathstroke #9 is a good story that basically gives you a look into the history of Slade Wilson from his military days. Here we get a glimpse into the life of a villain who calls himself a “personal security contractor.” That part had me laughing a little bit when he tells that to the person that’s interviewing him. I’m just looking forward to how exactly the breakout will happen, and hopefully Rose may be involved to some extent, although she’s doing her own thing at the moment as shown in this book as well.

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