Deathstroke TP Vol 01 Legacy Paperback – 21 Aug 2012
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About the Author
Kyle Higgins is a New York Times Best Selling writer whose work includes BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM, Supreme Power, and DEATHSTROKE. After spending two years at the University of Iowa, Kyle transferred to Chapman University where he co-wrote and directed a superhero noir titled The League, about the 1960's superhero labor union of Chicago. The film opened doors at Marvel Comics, where Kyle co-wrote his first two books with Alec Siegel (Captain America Theater Of War: Prisoners Of Duty, and Avengers Origins: The Vision). Kyle is also a co-writer of The Nightrunner (with David Hine), whose story was featured on The Daily Show with John Stewart. At present, Kyle is helming NIGHTWING as part of DC's The New 52.
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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.
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.
Great full of action everything you want in a deathstroke comic
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