Two Kinds Of Legacy: Deathstroke #50 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

We get a glimpse of the other Deathstroke’s reality and how it differs from our own, including the numerous bodies that Slade left in his wake. In the end, the Raven of that reality expelled that Deathstroke to our reality, and he now stands face-to-face with our Deathstroke. The two Slades go out for a coffee to discuss their differences, and our Slade summons Isherwood to help Joseph with his newfound powers. He then sees if our Raven can send the other Slade back to his own reality. In the end, of course, there’s only one way this can go down. The Deathstrokes must fight.

Deathstroke #50 cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, and Jeromy Cox
Deathstroke #50 cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, and Jeromy Cox

Deathstroke #50 brings the title to a close, with Slade Wilson seeing how his life could have turned out if he had abandoned his kids. The Deathstroke of his other reality killed and traded away his children, and he went on to truly become the world’s greatest killer with a legacy of dead superheroes in his wake.

Christopher Priest set up a lot with his Deathstroke series, so it’s unlikely that he could tie up every loose end. However, he does see to the ones that matter, namely Isherwood, Jericho, and this Deathstroke from another world.

The battle between the Deathstrokes isn’t quite going to be what everyone hoped for I imagine, but it does still provide a climactic conclusion for the series. It also allows Slade to fight with his actual worst enemy.

The ending is open for a lot of interpretation, though it won’t be whenever Slade shows up in something else after this comic. That is to say, things end so perfectly that you have to imagine if it’s all in Slade’s head. I won’t get anymore specific than that as to avoid spoilers.

Carlo Pagulayan and Fernando Pasarin get to finish the series strong, providing their impeccable art to Priest’s Deathstroke one last time. Inkers Jason Paz, Oclair Albert, Norm Rapmund, and Danny Miki shine throughout the book, and color artist Jeromy Cox gives the book a brilliant palette.

Deathstroke #50 is a shining ending for this series. Priest’s Deathstroke was without a doubt one of DC Rebirth’s best titles, and it’s a shame to see it go. That said, it went out on a note just as violent, cynical, smart, and beautiful as it deserved. This one gets a recommendation for sure. Give it a read.

Deathstroke #50 comes to us from writer Christopher Priest, artists Carlo Pagulayan and Fernando Pasarin, inkers Jason Paz, Oclair Albert, Norm Rapmund, and Danny Miki, color artist Jeromy Cox, letterer Willie Schubert, cover artist Carlo Pagulayan with Jason Paz and Jeromy Cox, and variant cover artist Skan.

Final Score: 9/10

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