Fighting For The Legacy With Deathstroke #45

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Rose Wilson has taken up the Deathstroke mantel to finish Slade’s final contract, a Croatian ultra-nationalist named Lovac. However, Rose’s attempt on his life is interrupted by a drone swarm and the competing assassin, Shado. The Ikon system alerts Wintergreen that Rose is in trouble, so he sends Joseph, aka Jericho, to go save Rose. This interrupts a Joseph’s date with Terrence, who was planning to propose tonight. Joseph isn’t happy about any of this.

Deathstroke #45 cover by Ed Benes, Richard Friend, and Dinei Ribeiro
Deathstroke #45 cover by Ed Benes, Richard Friend, and Dinei Ribeiro

Deathstroke #45 finds how the Wilson family is coping with the death of Slade, and it’s far from healthy of course. Rose wants to emulate her father and complete his final contract while Joseph wants his life to go on unchanged. 

The majority of the comic spotlights Rose’s attempt at completing Slade’s contract, with the “Year of the Villain” connection not coming in until the last two pages. Rose and Shado duel a bit over the contract, but it’s not much of a fight given Shado’s expertise.

We learn that Joseph has been keeping the details of Slade’s death a secret from Rose, and that, naturally has some dire consequences in this issue.

Deathstroke #45 art by Fernando Pasarin, Jason Paz, Wade von Grawbadger, Jeromy Cox, and letterer Willie Schubert
Deathstroke #45 art by Fernando Pasarin, Jason Paz, Wade von Grawbadger, Jeromy Cox, and letterer Willie Schubert

Fernando Pasarin is once again the artist on the issue, and his work continues to be a great boon to Deathstroke. His style is action-oriented, dynamic, and highly detailed. Jason Paz and Wade von Grawbadger back Pasarin up with some great inkwork, and colorist Jeromy Cox continues to bring some impeccable shades to the comic.

Deathstroke #45 is yet another highly compelling and smart installment in the saga of Slade Wilson and his apparent death. Rose and Joseph are engaging leads, even if I do hope that Slade comes back sooner rather than later. In any case, this one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

Deathstroke #45 comes to us from writer Christopher Priest, artist Fernando Pasarin, inkers Jason Paz and Wade von Grawbadger, color artist Jeromy Cox, letterer Willie Schubert, cover artist Ed Benes with Richard Friend and Dinei Ribeiro, and variant cover artist David Finch.

Final Score: 8/10

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