I don’t usually read Deathstroke. Slade Wilson and his dysfunctional family don’t hold as much interest for me as they do for many others. But I have started following the Defiance storyline, which plays out in the latest annual.
I am coming to really appreciate the way Priest has been handling this title, although it does prove complicated for one who hadn’t been paying attention from the start. Makes me wish I had, which is about as good as it can get.
What really prompted me to write this review is the way the new Power Girl is handled in this story. Previous issues have made it clear that she is a Christian, and in this issue she vocalizes the homophobic ignorance that has really come to define that religion. She aims her judgemental crap at Jericho, and this winds up resulting in Defiance falling apart. True, there were many other factors at play, but I did appreciate that Power Girl got to see the effects of her ill-considered words. Even better, she is proven to be a hypocrite shortly afterwards.
I don’t hate the character, but I am very glad to see this aspect of her get a well-deserved comeuppance.
Other elements didn’t impress me as much. Beast Boy’s obsession with his genitalia is probably meant to be cute, but comes off a bit creepy.
The issue also brings back the classic Power Girl, who I am very glad to see again.
Denys Cowan does some excellent art on this, which really helped carry me through the parts of the book I found a bit less engaging, in terms of story.