Today’s review is part one of the new DC animated show, Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons. Directed by Sung Jin Ahn and written by J.M. DeMatteis, we are taken into a story of Murder, Love, and Money; Slade Wilson is the Super-Assassin and also can be quite manipulative from what his wife has mentioned in describing her husband, ten years ago Slade made a terrible mistake, a ghost from his past came to kidnap his son and hurt his wife; after the incident has left his son mute and their family separated. Can Slade stop the villainous Jackal and the Organization known as H.I.V.E.?
It may be part of Warner Bros. Animation but it was provided by a studio that is in charge of Digital Series and is committed to doing so for Warner Bros and wide-ranging properties for the company called Blue Ribbon Content; the animation was done well, the action sequences were well choreographed; for example, during Deathstroke’s mission in the beginning when taking down the Dictator’s compound and soldiers with ease, or when it came down to Adeline fighting the Jackal.
Adeline was in the Military just as her husband Slade was, it was clear to see in the interactions between Jackal and Slade that she isn’t a helpless mother or the stereotypical “Damsel in Distress,” but she was rusty after adjusting to civilian life and raising her son. One of the things that have to be said that this series is in no shape or form involved with the Arrowverse, just like DC Universe’s Harley Quinn, this is something entirely independent but part of the Animated Universe. The animation style is similar to an old show that used to come on in the early 90s that was called Mighty Max, not a lot of people would remember this forgotten gem but in some ways that Joseph was drawn and his hair style just brings back memories of 1993.
While staying true to his origin and the characters from the Comic Series, the only thing that would irritate most fans is that Grant Wilson has been overlooked again, H.I.V.E. and Slade’s feud is still there, the hate for them has carried onto this new series due to Slade’s Personal Code as an assassin. Clear to see that this series is structured well, with Deathstroke being a well-known Character/Villain, it does make one wonder if there will be any nods to the Teen Titans or Judas Contract (again, wishful thinking). From what has been said on this series, it is a twelve-part series but no clue when part two will be.
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