Deathstroke finds himself adrift in a magical wonderland and hunting for Cheetah, while Black Canary can’t help feeling there’s something not quite trustworthy about T.R.U.S.T. in another dramatic and delightful issue of ‘Deathstroke Inc.’ from Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter.
Continuing with the fun formula of dropping Deathstroke and company into a different genre and situation each issue, this time round Slade is transported to a fantastical fairy tale world to hunt down Wonder Woman villain, Cheetah, queen of this particular realm. And in doing so, writer Joshua Williamson continues to have fun while giving artist Howard Porter a chance to stretch his immense talent in a completely different direction the previous two issues in this series. A series that doesn’t take itself too seriously, thereby creating a more relatable Deathstroke in the process.
Porter hits the floor running on this one, with a fabulous sprawling spread that depicts this fantasy kingdom and sets a high bar. All given an extra sprinkle of magical fairy dust by colourist Hi Fi. It’s a side of Porter’s art we don’t get to see too often, but it’s certainly a subject I’d love to see him to return to one day.
Armed with just a sword, much to his dismay, Slade Wilson is most definitely out of his comfort zone and very much the straight guy in his own sit-com on this one. Although he does deliver the odd killer one liner along the way.
Of course, this isn’t all about Deathstroke. There is the pervading mystery behind T..R.U.S.T., the ironically named organisation he and Black Canary are currently working for. We dip into that too, in sharply contrasting scenes back in the real world; both in terns of tone and colouring. But for my money, it’s Deathstroke in Fairyland that has my attention. Although, with a killer cliffhanger at the end of this issue, it may not be him you’ll be rooting for come the next issue.
Another wonderful written issue that balances humour, action and intrigue across the book with the high calibre art deserved of this series. If you aren’t already reading Deathstroke Inc., you really should. It’s a very different book in many ways to other DC offering and very much a different book for Deathstroke too. And out now from DC Comics.