Deathstroke vs. Batman

This miniseries has been in the works for nearly two years, having gone through several conceptual and format changes and originally presumed to coincide with the announced Batfleck film (now “The Batman” and directed by Matt Reeves). I doubt the DCEU film will echo much of our Deathstroke vs. Batman (though that would be fun!) but we’re spinning out of the momentum created by our Defiance arc into this, the ultimate custody battle between these mirror-image characters. As I see them: Batman is someone Deathstroke almost admires, if only Deathstroke weren’t so screwed up, Batman is someone he himself might have become. Deathstroke, meanwhile, is someone Batman is still capable of becoming if he compromises his self-discipline. This character study is an interesting challenge for me as a writer, and I am delighted to be reunited with artist Carlo Pagulayan– one of the most underrated and brilliant draftsmen working today–who launched the Rebirth Deathstroke two years ago.


  1. Thad says:

    Looking forward to seeing how you ruin Damian and Talia! (Kidding.)

    That’s an interesting take. I was never a Deathstroke fan before your run, but I’ve been enjoying your version a lot (“could have been Batman if he wasn’t so messed up” is a good summary). And Carlo did some great work; it’ll be nice to have him back.

  2. circ says:

    I like Pagulayan a lot, but he seems to struggle with a monthly book. Some of his best work was teamed up with the ‘old schooler’ Hama. Nevertheless, bring on this supposed six-parter.

  3. Looking forward to checking this out, Mr. Priest! As a sidebar, I’d also love to see a sequel to the “Prodigal” one-shot from years ago! (Best Batman one-shot I’ve ever read!)

  4. Jack says:

    Most anticipated story for me this year, though I do hope Damian isn’t Slade’s son haha.

  5. Ian Miller says:

    I’m incredibly excited about this. I have no illusions that DC will let Damian’s heritage seriously be threatened, but I love the concept as a way to have more awesome conflict between Batman and Slade, just like you did in the beginning of the series. Those were some amazing issues (I’m tempted to say “Best” but this whole run is a series of bests, so I can’t. 🙂 ).

    Today’s Deathstroke Annual was a masterstroke. I love the way you complicated Tanya’s character – breaking her down so far that she almost betrays her principals, which teases us into believing that she might go all the way and run away from her fears – but instead, you have Slade’s positive advice actually making her into even more of a hero than she already was, facing the thing she’s most afraid of, and taking it head on.

    Amazing and powerful work. Thank you!

  6. adris says:

    I desire you Good luck with Batman vs Deathstroke.

    I am Damian Wayne fan.. I am sorry that part of Damian fanbase don´t have a good opinion about you..

  7. Ken says:

    As I am one of the seven people who liked your treatment of Damian (one of the funniest exchanges in contemporary comics), I definitely look forward to this.

  8. Ian Miller says:

    Well, first issue is out, and it’s fantastic! Great to see Pagulayan again, though I’ve really come to like Neves. If you need two artists, I’d say these two really complement each other and are both really excellent!

    I’m really curious WHICH Robin is the one giving the Greek Chorus about Batman being an Etch-a-sketch. It sounds like Jason to me, but a lot of us were also assuming that it’s Dick.

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