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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 3 November 2012
Slade Wilson is Deathstroke, the world's greatest assassin, but he is aging and it seems his legacy is waning - he is no longer considered as deadly as he once was. Incensed, he sets out to prove the naysayers wrong, killing and maiming the competition and taking out impossible targets. But someone close to him he once thought was dead turns out to be alive - and wants his head! And his long list of enemies have decided enough is enough: Deathstroke must pay!

Kyle Higgins delivers exactly what you'd expect from a book titled "Deathstroke: Legacy" and sporting a Simon Bisley cover - lotsa killing, lotsa attitude, and a helluva lot of blood and violence. Deathstroke reminded me of Frank Miller's King Leonides from "300", a battle hardened warrior concerned only with war to the exclusion of all else and an eye to how history will remember them. Deathstroke however is less likeable as he treats his son with the bare minimum of civility, much less be a father to him.

That said, his gung-ho attitude to every task and penchant for over the top violence make him a thoroughly entertaining character in a thrilling story of vengeance. This first book is a non-stop, frothing at the mouth action blitzkrieg of a story as Deathstroke hacks his way through one weaponized lunatic after another, to survive and kill another day, ensuring his legacy is kept intact. It's the kind of grim, violent story that Garth Ennis and Jason Aaron excelled at when writing "The Punisher", and Higgins adopts for his take on "Deathstroke", pulling it off admirably.

The comparison is apt; Kyle Higgins seems to be developing into the kind of quality writer Ennis and Aaron are with "Batman: Gates of Gotham" under his belt and now this; I can't wait to read his take on Nightwing and other future projects. If bloody action is your bag, you can't go wrong with "Deathstroke: Legacy", an outstanding series in the New 52 lineup.
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The story running through issues #1-8 of DC Comics’ New 52 Deathstroke title is collected as Deathstroke TP Vol 01 Legacy. Slade Wilson – Deathstroke – is worried that he’s getting left behind in the mercenary assassin league, so he takes on a few high-visibility contracts, which result in graphic blood-spattered carnage and big battles leaving bodies and wreckage piled up in mounds, though you have to wonder where the JLA or some of its big guns were during this story. However, the first of these contracts was actually a set-up, and the subsequent ones are part of the trail leading to whoever was behind it. The first one also led to some ‘collateral damage’ among the support crew, whose parents subsequently bankroll the powered/gimmicked characters who Deathstroke has to face during his missions. We get a bit of backstory of Slade and his father during his childhood, and of Slade and his son, which all eventually ties in to the finale, as the villain is revealed, and some secrets from Slade’s past are also subsequently revealed.

This is a big action-packed and mildly graphically violent story – I say mildly because the cartoony artwork, to me anyway, detracts reduces the shock effect of the graphic bloodletting – with some spectacular fight scenes; but is not particularly interesting, despite being well written, as the main character is not particularly interesting. It is not a bad comic, quite the opposite, but it is not very interesting, unless you happen to be a fan of big destructive fights with lots of bloodshed. The problem with so many of the New 52 tiles is that they are all opening with the big stories instead of building up to them, the way comic book characters should be constructed. What will they do when they have exhausted all the big stories – move to another universe again?
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on 4 October 2014
I haven't read many comics that have something as enjoyable as a fight scene in which a man picks up a submarine and throws it at someone. Deathstroke Legacy provided just that and I loved it.

The metahuman mercenary Slade Wilson, better known as Deathstroke, finally discovers that his actions have consequences when a price is put on his head by vengeful rivals. A series of hitmen, all taking the alias of Legacy are tasked with taking him down once and for all - and naturally, they have their work cut out for them.

A cynical part of me was skeptical of this book. I very much dislike books that are fixated on brutal violence and murder, such as Nemesis. Deathstroke, however was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It wasn't so focussed on fighting that there was no plot, and didn't rely on shock moments or adolescent fantasies like I might have expected. This is truly un underrated gem in the new 52. Also of note, the book was easily accessible for this reader, without the need for prior reading. Everything you need is there, and the ultimate conclusion is beautifully satisfying.
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on 24 May 2013
This book is definitely worth a try, the storyline is great, very enjoyable, the characters are likable and funny when needed, the art is fantastic, it’s good to look at. I recommend this book to anyone who loves comics or just interested in getting to know the genre.
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on 7 August 2014
As the first of the New 52 stories I have read, I really enjoyed Deathstroke. There was plenty of action, but also enough story to be enjoyable. Some of the links to historical information really helped develop a character I have never read.
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on 16 September 2013
This is a great New 52 story for Deathstroke, can't bloody wait to see where they go with the rest!
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on 10 March 2015
Short review
Great full of action everything you want in a deathstroke comic
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on 27 February 2015
Really liked this, death stroke was real Intresting character.
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on 20 May 2013
After playing injustice and reading a wiki article about the contract killer deathstroke I decided to but this graphic novel and I definitely was not disappointed if any one has watched arrow on sky 1 I'm from the UK you notice that the deathstroke are similar in many ways
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on 18 January 2014
well let's face it the new 52 has taken a dump on everything so they didn't screw deathstroke as much as they did Bateman. That said it's a good comic book but not the best deathstroke comic.
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