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‘Deathstroke Vs. Batman’ Is Coming
Article by Steve J. Ray
Deathstroke Vs. Batman is officially arriving in April 2018.
DC Comics officially announced this Blockbuster event this wek, and fans all over the world, including yours truly, are literally chomping at the bit.
Slade Wilson – A.K.A. Deathstroke The Terminator – is one of the greatest anti-heroes in comics. He is the inspiration for Marvel’s Deadpool(Wade Wilson), one of the greatest assassins in the DC Universe, and one of the few characters to have ever bested Batman (albeit temporarily) in hand-to-hand combat.
Created by comics legends Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Deathstroke first appeared in The New Teen Titans (vol. 1) #2 (1980). He is notorious for having Terra infiltrate the team from within, almost destroying them in the process. He has tussled with Batman numerous times over the years, but there has never been a clear winner.
If I need to tell you who the Batman is, then you’re probably on the wrong website.
Deathstroke Vs. Batman – Terminator Vs. Dark Knight
Just as exciting as the characters starring in the book, are the talents behind it. Comics veteran Priest (The author formerly known as Jim/James Owsley and/or Christopher J. Priest) is writing the story, with art by Carlo Pagulayan. Fans who read Deathstroke‘s monthly title should instantly recognise these names, as these creators have been in charge of the title for over 18 months. Both gentlemen are no strangers to the Caped Crusader either. Priest has connections going back decades, to Batman Annual #13 and a terrific two part story in Batman #431 and #432 (1989).
Carlo Pagulayan drew many of the covers for the excellent Batman & Robin Eternal from a couple of years back, as well as the internal art for issue #26.
Cover artwork will be provided by the brilliant Lee Weeks; the artist behind the truly awesome Batman/Elmer Fudd special.
Will we finally see a victor? Will good triumph over (not totally) evil? Or will be this story be just another thrilling chapter in the ongoing war between two of the greatest combatants in all of comics? Could the fact that Deathstroke has top billing, and that it’s his creative team behind the book have any bearing? I guess that we all just have to wait and see. Deathstroke Vs. Batman will be in comic book stores worldwide in April.
I don’t know about you guys and girls, but I’ll be ordering my copy ASAP!
(This article first appeared on the Dark Knight News website on January 21st 2018)
FINALLY! Well readers, Spoiler season has begun. Wizards teased us so heavily on the 19th with Vona's Hunger, but now we've finally seen the first of what Rivals of Ixalan has to offer. River Darter is, I think, intended for Draft, along the same lineage as Audacious Infiltrator. Thrashing Brontodon is also very good in Limited, being able to pop Pious Interdictions or Ixalan's Bindings, but may even see sideboard play in Dinosaur decks in Constructed to remove Cast Out, God Pharaoh's Gift or Gearhulks.
Article by Scott Hamilton I was recommended the good Professor whilst trawling around Spotify looking for new artists to listen to. I spend a lot of time travelling to and from work each day, so I’m always looking for something new and different to listen to. This splendid chap certainly ended up ticking all of my geek boxes. Professor Elemental is based in Brighton and trades in a very English take on Hip-Hop called Chap-Hop. The only way I can describe him is a polite Eminem, raised by the Monty Python team in a comic written by Jules Verne and illustrated by Jack Kirby. It’s certainly a niche market.
The Professor character, a geeky explorer / inventor who loves to experiment and go on adventures with his orangutan butler Geoffrey, was originally intended for just one album (“Rebel Without Applause” released in 2009) and takes what can only be described as a very English take on a style normally associated with the USA. In fact, his first breakthrough was with the single “Cup of Brow…
Rob Lane provides the bottom end in Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors. Onstage he’s a blur of hair,
throwing shapes with his trusty bass like a full on rock star. Away from the
band, he heads up his own project Straight
To Video, a mix of rock/punk music which draws influence from eighties
culture in general, as well as creating some cool merchandise to go along with
the music. Rob was cool enough to chat to us recently about
music, the eighties and being a geek.
Scott Hamilton: Would
you like to tell us a bit about yourself Rob? Rob Lane: Hey
Scott.... Thanks so much for reaching out! So, I guess I start with introducing
myself.... my name's Rob Lane... a bass player from the East Midlands /
Nottingham / Derby area. I've been actively playing with various bands for the
best part of 20 years. For over ten years I was the bassist for Nottingham
Power Pop Rockers TEENAGE CASKET COMPANY...
we had a pretty good run from 2003 through to November of last year, …