Sunday, June 25, 2017

Reader's Diary #1612- Christopher Priest (writer), various artists: Deathstroke Vol. 1 The Professional

Again, not a character of whom I was overly familiar, but unlike many of the others I've been recently familiarizing myself with, I'm not overly eager to learn more.

I also wasn't thrilled to see Christopher Priest's name attached to the character. I really hadn't liked what he'd done with Black Panther and before I got far into Deathstroke Vol. 1: The Professional, I could see that I was going to have similar issues. The man does not seem able to tell a straightforward story.

Granted, the pieces did come together over the course of the collection, but not enough to make me appreciated the approach. And, as an aside, it's a good example of why I still think trades are better than serials. I'd have given up after the first book, never giving the story a chance to fall into place.

I don't suppose, however, all the blame for my lack of enthusiasm can be pinned on Priest. I just don't like the character. He's a supervillain, so I guess I'm not supposed to, but in addition to being a jerk, he's also somewhat boring. Again, there were some tiny hints of a more complex character as the book progress, but I don't think enough to convince me to pursue him further.

The art, while admirably consistent considering the number of artists, is consistently utilitarian.

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