Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Howard Porter
what’s it about?
Deathstroke, along with Toyman II and Black Canary, is working for the Transparent Researchers United for Strategy and Technology, also known as T.R.U.S.T., hoping to earn a huge payday, take down H.I.V.E., and redeem himself in the process. Their first mission is to infiltrate a sleeper town full of H.I.V.E. operatives and bring its Queen to justice. With an on-the-nose name like T.R.U.S.T., it’s clear that the organization’s motives are not quite what they seem. T.R.U.S.T. isn’t the only one keeping secrets; Slade’s also hiding something and it’s going to change the course of this series for good.
Howard Porter’s art is crisp, stylized, and, along with HiFi’s colors, pops right off the page. I grew up reading Marv Wolfman’s Teen Titans series, so Deathstroke’s ambiguous status as a villain/hero has always interested me. It’s a defining character trait that goes hand in hand with his violent nature and iconic costume. Seeing him on a team with Black Canary and the overjoyed Toyman II makes for some great reading. The revelations throughout the issue and epilogue are enough to hook me for the remainder of the series. Quite often my critique of a series is based on its accessibility for new readers. That is not an issue here.
DC’s recent reliance on organizations with confusing and forgettable acronyms is irksome to me. They are a dime a dozen at this point. The plot points that accompany the organizations quickly find clichés such as, “Who is really behind the group and what are their real intentions?” That’s more of a personal grievance with DC comics rather than an indictment of Deathstroke Inc. All in all, the book is entertaining.