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on 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.