[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers!]
Pencils: Diogenes Neves
Deathstroke is still being held captive by Isherwood in the depths of an old church. Isherwood is forcing Slade to come to terms with his past, not believing that the assassin for hire has truly changed his ways. Can Slade escape at all? And even if he does, with everything that’s happened to him, will he go back to his villainous ways?
In this particular book we find out that when it comes to being a hero, Slade still has a long way to go. We’ve seen a lot of growth from Deathstroke since his first issue, and now that he’s going the hero route, you’d think that things would be easier, but they’re not. Everyone, even a priest that Slade talks to in the church, believes that Slade is beyond redemption, and I hate that for him personally. Isherwood has an electronic device attached to Slade’s spine, just so he can’t escape the church.
My only negative about the book is the environment that Slade Wilson is in. No one believes that he can change for the better and I imagine that’s difficult to accept. His own team doesn’t trust him although he’s the leader, The Society wanted him dead a few issues back and still believe he’s a villain and even his own daughter Rose and son Joseph refuse to believe that he’s trying to be a better person. With everything stacked against him to fail I wouldn’t be surprised if Deathstroke did turn back into a villain.
I thought Deathstroke #28 was a decent read. There are moments where the story jumps around a bit though, but that’s due to all of the supporting characters that are in Slade’s world. Although we didn’t see Defiance in action in this issue, hopefully we will in the next one. With Slade still missing I’m wondering how will the team hold up with no real leadership for them currently.