We are given a succinct history of Terra and her relationship with Deathstroke as a prelude to present events.
Slade is still being held in the Ontario church with a device created by Isherwood. Superman Kong Kenan is looking to arrest Deathstroke for past crimes. The "Red Ghost" is still hunting targets across New York, and Terra is up to something.
It's good to see the subplot with "the Red Ghost" or "Willow" reach some interesting points, even if they do raise more questions than they answer.
Seeing Slade browbeat a devout Catholic priest may never get old. The conflict between Slade, Jericho, and Isherwood is a bit complicated, even if there is a lot to like about the dynamic. Christopher Priest seems to be banking on people remembering events of issues past more than may be fair. Priest is good enough at succinctly recounting most of the significant plot points so that it's not a problem often, but there are moments that left me a little lost.
I'll always be impressed at how good Christopher Priest is at pacing. A lot of story always manages to be fit while being adequately spaced out into these 20 pages.
Terra steals the show in this issue. She gets more of the spotlight than she has gotten in a while, and she is a sadistic and snarky delight. The way she can play Slade and stare down Ravager is quite impressive for anyone.
Diogenes Neves' artwork remains quite good, and it's frankly unheard of for an artist to be able to be left on a book from the Big Two this long. It's nice because it allows Deathstroke to develop a genuine visual identity. There are some panels that seem a little shakier than one would be accustomed from Neves, but those are few and far between.
Jeromy Cox's color art remains strong and eye-catching as well. Colors contrast strongly, and it looks great overall.
Deathstroke has managed to keep "Defiance" going for a while, and it's remained compelling by keeping the reader guessing, the characters engaging, and the story interesting. Priest, Neves, Paz, and Cox have a real gem here, and I certainly recommend this book. Give it a read.
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