Deathstroke #24 Review: Kid Flash Made A Mistake

Deathstroke #24 cover by Ryan Sook
Deathstroke #24 cover by Ryan Sook

So, Kid Flash has been spying on Defiance. Deathstroke discovered this, because of course he did, and now all of Wally's inner thoughts and uncovered facts are being aired out before the rest of the team.

This includes his thoughts on his teammates, his encounter with a shooter alongside Power Girl, a shopping trip with Jericho, eavesdropping on a conflict between Tara and Ravager, and a meeting Deathstroke had with a potential client.

This Defiance project of Deathstroke's continues onwards, and Christopher Priest continues to leave me guessing at where he is going with this.

I'm completely fine with that. As much as I love bloodthirsty Deathstroke, I'm still quite intrigued by this total revamp which has him playing hero, using nonlethal methods, and teaming up with something akin to his old pre-Flashpoint Titans team.

Deathstroke #24 art by Diogenes Neves and Jeromy Cox
Deathstroke #24 art by Diogenes Neves and Jeromy Cox

As you would expect, this issue focuses and takes place from the point of view of young Wally West, the current Kid Flash. You get a lot of insight into his inner thoughts and feelings, and that allows for the team to flesh out a bit more. On top of that, you get this weird father-son vibe going between he and Slade. Slade just lost a son forever, Wally lost his dad. Slade has somewhat warped morals like Daniel West, and Wally is strong-willed and impulsive like Grant Wilson. It's an interesting and strangely endearing dynamic.

It seems that Slade really does care for Wally, which leads back to the question from the beginning. Where are Priest and, by extension, Deathstroke going with this?

I guess we'll just have to wait and see, but he definitely has my attention.

Diogenes Neves continues his streak of good-lucking work on the book, and he plays well with Kid Flash's superspeed. Color artist Jeremy Cox works with a color palette that doesn't lean too hard on the bright side of the spectrum lest he forget who the protagonist is.

Deathstroke continues to be an intriguing and thought-provoking book. With an intentionally perplexing lead in Slade and a relatable pseudo-guest star in Kid Flash, #24 is another issue worthy of your time and money. Pick it up.

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Joshua DavisonAbout Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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