In Flashpoint #2 we got our first glimpse of the “Dread” Pirate Deathstroke. Now in the Flashpoint tie-in Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager, we get an up close and personal look at the crew’s trials and tribulations in the middle of a meta-war (Atlantis vs. The Amazons).
I love Deathstroke as a character. He is a mercenary and is ruthless. However, he does have one weakness… his daughter Rose. I am also excited Deathstroke will receive his own ongoing series in the DCnU Reboot this fall.
Anyway, I digress. In this issue, we learn the world is wide open to plunder and pillage and for men like Deathstroke this is a windfall of opportunity. And take the opportunity he does.
In this issue, Deathstroke and his crew are searching for his daughter. Nothing will stop him, not a meta-war, not a meta prison and not the Warlord and his pirate crew. Writer Jimmy Palmiotti does a nice job capturing the ruthlessness of Deathstroke and the loyalty of his crew. Once place where Palmiotti slips a bit is with the Warlord. Is he a pirate too? Or is he something of a protector of the seas? Hopefully that will be explained better in Part 2 or Part 3 of this Flashpoint tie-in.
The art team of Joe Bennett, Jon Dell and The Hories do an amazing job of capturing the grit and grime of the pirate lifestyle in the world of Flashpoint. This is not a pretty world and it is certainly not a safe one, so whether it is the grungy looking crew, the harsh metahuman prison or the rundown Ravager; the tone of this book is shown very well.
So far of the Flashpoint tie-ins this story was one I was looking forward to and it did not disappoint. The end of Deathstroke and the Curse of The Ravager #1 picks up where we last left Deathstroke and crew at the end of Flashpoint #2, being attacked by Aquaman and his brother Ocean Master. I highly suggest checking out the continuation of this story next month, because pirates are cool (but not cooler than ninjas of course).