Flogging The Deathstroke Horse

First of all, let me say to my AmeriCompatriots, on behalf of all of us here in America’s Hat, Happy 4th of July! Here’s hoping you all enjoy a safe and fun long weekend!

Now, on to the subject of today’s page, Deathstroke.

There is a list in my head (that is admittedly kinda long) of comic book characters that I just don’t get. I’m not saying they are bad characters, or I can’t see how others would enjoy them, I just don’t get the same excitement for them. Deadpool is on that list as are many of the B-level X-Men like Gambit. Somewhere near the top though, is Deathstroke.

Yes, ol’ Slade makes a formidable villain for any of the DCU’s heroes for a few issues. One could even say that he could lead a group like Flash’s Rouges or something. Aside from that though, I just can’t find myself excited about him. And now that DC is announcing a new Deathstroke series a little over a year after cancelling the last one due to poor sales, I can’t help but wonder why they keep going back to the well with this guy.

Has his appearance on Arrow really spiked his popularity that much? Is he someone’s favourite character (ie Jason Aaron’s love of The Orb)? Does his name sound enough like Deadpool that DC think’s people will buy it by mistake?

Who knows, maybe this will be the incarnation of Deathstroke that really gets me into the character.  But until the issue drops, I just can’t help but feel like this is more 90’s nostalgia that would probably do better with a rest, than a relaunch.

Today’s page comes to us from the one and only Richard Clark:

Born in a crossfire hurricane (actually Cleveland, OH), Richard P. Clark’s illustration career began in 1993 while still an undergraduate at The Columbus College of Art and Design. Since then, he’s worked for a wildly varied list of clients in several industries-among them HBO, Playboy, The Wall Street Journal and Alcoholics Anonymous. He’s been finding work again in the Comic Industry, including a recent job for Dark Horse providing finishes over Darick Robertson’s breakdowns for The Guild-Vork comic. He’s hoping this recent turn into the comic lane sticks as there are literally scores of stories he’d like to unleash on the world. Mr. Clark currently resides in Upstate NY after a 10-year tour of duty in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter and a goofy dog named Barnaby.

Have a great weekend, friends! See you back here next week!


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