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Subj: The Death Stroke story was a bust.
Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 at 03:08:26 am EDT (Viewed 113 times)

Seriously what a waste of filler. The art was nice but that's all that can be said about this poorly written mish-mosh. And the ending page with the reveal of Amanda Waller as Deathstroke's employer was meh. Was it supposed to shock anyone? Really? I think not. I've personally found Amanda Waller to be a bit boring though I enjoyed her portrayal in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon. Is there anyone currently working at DC capable of writing a fun Superman comic besides Grant Morrison? Okay, I don't mind Pete Tomasi, I've actually enjoyed quite a bit of his work. But come on! Somebody get this right.

Death Stroke is not a match for Superman. Deathstroke can hit Superman all the doo da day and he will never hurt Superman. Any writer who writes something to the contrary is a hack. As a reporter, Lois goes into harm's way every week. Is Clark this worried about her all the time? No! He wouldn't be! Because by now after years of marriage the Kents would have a well developed system of when Clark should step in, and when he shouldn't. Otherwise Lois would be continually annoyed by this smothering over protectiveness that Clark displays.

Here's another thing that bugs me.

Whenever I read a comic where someone is threatening Superman with a gun pointed at Lois head, I am not worried. Because at any point Superman can do this:

And then Superman would throw Deathstroke out of Metropolis or into the middle of Metropolis Harbor. Deathstroke would not have the last laugh on Superman. Superman is not threatened by Deathstroke. He doesn't worry about Deathstroke at night. If Superman was concerned about Deathstroke at 12:01, he would deal with Deathstroke by 12:02. Cause he's Superman!

You might as well have a two issue series about Superman dealing with the perils of a flat tire, because that is as much a bother to Superman as Deathstroke. The only way to properly give Superman a challenge, when he's facing a villain who is vastly weaker than him is to give Superman a moral dilemma. But it's not a dilemma if Superman is facing a problem he can easily solve.

This issue boils down to the writer simply saying, "I like Death Stroke, let's have him fight Superman". Next time Superman fights an assassin, make the assassin from space. That way if the assassin kicks Superman through a building there's less suspension of disbelief. People from space are tough.


'Nuff said.

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