Deathstroke is a DC Comics mercenary and assassin supervillain-turned-hero created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez in 1980. Originally the archenemy of the Teen Titans, he has also been an adversary of Batman and other DC heroes. Deathstroke later appeared on The CW's TV series Arrow, where he is portrayed by Manu Bennett. Joe Manganiello has been cast as the character for the DC Extended Universe.
While Deadshot is a supervillain-turned-anti-hero, the world's deadliest and most accurate marksman and assassin, created by David Vern Reed, Bob Kane and Lew Schwartz, as a Batman antagonist in 1950. The character was portrayed by Will Smith in 2016's Suicide Squad and Michael Rowe in Arrow.
Their similarities or name and purpose has brought them into conflict before. But it's not a regular occurrence.
That's why it may be worth knowing for some folk that in Batman #28 by Tom King, Mikel Janin and June Chung, published tomorrow by DC Comics, fans will get what they have wanted for ages. With Deadshot and Deathstroke divided by allegiances to the Joker and the Riddler as the War Of Jokes And Riddles — and Batman's post-coital-and-proposal conversation with Catwoman — continues after the previous Peanuts-inspired interlude.
And a full-blown, knock-down battle between the two across the streets of Gotham with a longevity more like a cricket game than a baseball match. And a little on the Miracleman #15 side, too…
Here's a preview from Adventures In Poor Taste.
Writer: King, Tom
Artist: Janin, Mikel
Cover Artist: Janin, Mikel. Variant by Neil Adams.
'THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES' part four! War is hell. Unless it's in Gotham City, where it's so much worse. The clash between The Joker and the Riddler continues to escalate, with the rest of the city's villains picking sides and joining in. In the midst of the battle, Batman must try to save whoever he can while knowing he will forever be haunted by those he can't.
On Sale: August 2, 2017