Slade Wilson Has Major T.R.U.S.T. Issues: Reviewing ‘Deathstroke Inc.’ #5

by Olly MacNamee


Deathstroke certainly rises from the proverbial ashes in Deathstroke Inc. #5, and that’s not the only surprise. The council that make up T.R.U.S.T. are revealed and Slade Wilson makes his move in another pulse-pounding issue.


To say Deathstroke’s fortunes certainly seem far rosier by the end of Deathstroke Inc. #5 that they do at the start, would be a huge understatement, but true nonetheless. Slade Wilson goes from being seemingly dead, if you read last issue, to… well, gaining a promotion of sorts. But, one he definitely gains by the most nefarious of means. And in between these two events we get another enjoyable issue of Deathstroke Inc. from writer Joshua Williamson and guest artist, Paolo Pantalena. And artist who offers a similar style of artwork on this issue to regular artist, Howard Porter, to an eerie degree. I dare say there will be many uninitiated readers ho may not even notice. It’s a good choice, and a good look for this comic book series. 

Trapped in the Ghost Dimension, Slade and Black Canary, the odd-couple of comics, make their way through the twists and turns of the house they think they know. A house that offers up a life they could have had, but one that eventually sees Dinah and Deathstroke wind up in the midst of T.R.U.S.T. HQ and a revelation of its board of directors. And, as you would probably expect after recent events, is loaded with bad guys. And a quick explanation as to its origins. Blame the Legion of Doom, apparently, it’s all their fault. Although, they do have a plan, even if they may not get ready to see it through to its conclusion. That, you can blame of Deathstroke the Terminator, living up to his name, that’s for sure.

With the big reveal now made, and a sudden twist to its ranks, I’m intrigued to see where this series now turns. Before now, we had the delight of one-off stories playing in a sandbox of various genres, but now Williamson cranks it up another gear and, I dare say, will abandon the pattern of those early issues. But then, this issue is another example of a series in which you simply cannot guess what will happen next. But whatever comes next, count me in!

Deathstroke Inc. #5 is out now from DC Comics

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