The Damian Wayne Prison System In Deathstroke #42

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Black Mask believes that Deathstroke is the key to the freedom of himself and the other prisoners of Robin and the Teen Titans. However, Slade Wilson seems thoroughly incapacitated. Jericho is working to help his father, but Slade is reluctant to accept it. Slade is intent on finding his own way out. Meanwhile, the Teen Titans work to capture another known rogue. While Robin enacts his plan, a mysterious voice contacts both he and Kid Flash.

Deathstroke #42 cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, and FCO Plascencia
Deathstroke #42 cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, and FCO Plascencia

Deathstroke #42 continues the Terminus Agenda, the crossover between Teen Titans and Deathstroke. Robin is holding Slade Wilson and other supervillains unbeknownst to the other members of the Teen Titans, but Deathstroke isn’t one known to accept defeat.

This issue focuses on Robin continuing his crusade while Slade himself works a way out of his bindings.

If you were expecting some fallout from Kid Flash discovering Damian’s secret prison facility underneath the Teen Titans’ headquarters…well that doesn’t come yet. It’s not even mentioned until the last third of the comic.

That said, it’s still an entertaining and tense comic, accomplished through a mixture of Christopher Priest’s ability to set narrative tone and the violent determination of Damian Wayne.

The taunting Damian and Wallace receive during their mission is pretty entertaining. That mysterious voice knows how to push their buttons. No points for guessing whose voice it is.

Deathstroke #42 art by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, Norm Rapmund, and letterer Willie Schubert
Deathstroke #42 art by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, Norm Rapmund, and letterer Willie Schubert

Carlo Pagulayan continues to be an artistic powerhouse in this issue too. He has been a big part of what has made this run of Deathstroke so good, and one can only hope he will be on many issues to come. Color artist Jeromy Cox and inkers Jason Paz and Norm Rapmund put in a lot of strong work as well, and this artistic team is one definitely worthy of the Deathstroke title.

Deathstroke #42 is another strong issue that also adds an intriguing follow-up to the opening installment of The Terminus Agenda. Slade know sees the kind of person Damian has become, and he intends to get revenge upon the Robin. It’s a good comic and one worthy of a recommendation. Check it out.

Deathstroke #42 comes to us from writer Christopher Priest, artist Carlo Pagulayan, inkers Jason Paz and Norm Rapmund, color artist Jeromy Cox, letterer Willie Schubert, cover artist Pagulayan with Paz and FCO Plascencia, and variant cover artist Francesco Mattina.

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