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Series Index: Deathstroke v1




Deathstroke #1 [1991] to Deathstroke #60 [1996]

Based on the popularity of Marvel’s Punisher, DC Comics decided to launch the Titans’ tough mercenary into his own title. Deathstroke debuted in 1991 accompanied by eye-popping covers by Mike Zeck. Marv Wolfman wrote the title throughout the entire run, with art by Steve Erwin for the first 34 issues. The first issue was a sell-out and the series was a success out of the gate. During the course of the series, Deathstroke fought Batman, began a tumultuous relationship with the new female Vigilante and traveled around the world.

Deathstroke remained in a holding pattern of high-octane action until #40. Deathstroke #0 started a new direction for the title, began a bold storyline called Deathstroke: The Hunted and welcomed new artist, Sergio Cariello. During the story (which resumed with #41 of the title), Slade Wilson was framed for murder and hunted by various DC characters; Slade learned he was immortal and also discovered his long-lost daughter, Rose Wilson. The storyline was eventually resolved in #50 and Deathtroke Annual #4.

Over time, sales on the title had waned. In an effort to jump-start the book, Deatshtroke was given a completely new direction with issue #55. After being engulfed in an explosion, Slade emerged a man 20-some years younger with hazy memories of his past. Adopting a more modern black and blue costume, Deathstroke also welcomed new artist Mike Huddleston for the next phase of his journey. The new direction, however, wasn’t enough to garner interest and Deathstroke was canceled with issue #60.


Series Index:
Deathstroke #0, 1-60
Deathstroke Annual #1-4

Crossover Index:
New Titans #90-92, Team Titans #1-3: “Total Chaos” Crossover
New Titans #122, Darkstars #32: “The Crimelord/Syndicate War” Crossover

Key Issues and Storylines:
Deathstroke: The Terminator #1-4: A New Ravager lures Deathstroke into battle.
Deathstroke: The Terminator #6-9: “City of Assassins” Parts 1-4 – Batman vs. Deathstroke and the introduction of Pat Trayce as Vigilante.
Deathstroke: The Terminator #10-11: Slade trains the new female Vigilante.
Deathstroke: The Terminator #14-16: “Total Chaos” Crossover. First Rose Wilson in #15.
Deathstroke: The Terminator #17-20: Deathstroke is brought back from the brink of death by Cheshire; Cheshire nukes Quarac.
Deathstoke: The Hunted #0, 41-50, Annual #4: “Deatshtroke: The Hunted” – Slade is framed for murder and hunted by a third Ravager (Wade DeFarge); Rose Wilson learns Slade is her father as her mother, Sweet Lili, is killed.

Notable Creative Runs:
Marv Wolfman, Writer: Deathstroke #0, 1-60
Steve Erwin, Artist: Deathtroke #1-34
Sergio Cariello, Artist: Deathstroke #0, 41-51
Mike Huddleston, Artist: Deathstroke #55-60


Series Index: Deathstroke v1


Deathstroke: The Terminator #1-4 [1991]: A New Ravager lures Deathstroke into conflict with him. Deathstroke tracks him down and the two battle, as Ravager reveals his identity to Deathstroke. Bill Walsh and Slade Wilson trained together at Camp Washington. Eventually, Bill Walsh washed out of the program, blaming Slade for his failures. Walsh eventually became the terrorist known as the Jackal, who maimed Joe Wilson and the HIVE agent who lured Grant Wilson to become the Ravager. Walsh adopted the Ravager identity and hunted Slade. Slade prevents Walsh from detonating a bomb and kills him. Meanwhile, Addie Kane is furious at Deathstroke over the death of their son, Joe Wilson. First appearance of Ravager II in issue #1. Revealed as Bill Walsh in issue #4.

Deathstroke: The Terminator #5 [1991]: Deathstroke goes on a mission to rescue Wintergreen, who is unconscious and under the guard of the CIA at a hospital in Washington. Complicating matters, Slade is forced confront Addie over the death of their son at the same hospital. Meanwhile, a new Vigilante appears in Gotham.

Deathstroke: The Terminator #6-9 [1991-1992]: “City of Assassins” parts 1-4: Detective Pat Trayce becomes frustrated with the city’s revolving door justice system. When mob assassin Jeremy Barker becomes a federally protected witness, Pat is particularly infuriated; She had been working for years to bring in Barker – the man responsible for the death of her partner. Meanwhile, a masked figure is hunting Barker in an attempt to kill him, and Deathstroke becomes unwittingly implicated in the plot. After Pat Trayce’s behavior intensifies, Commissioner Gordon is forced to put her on suspension. In the meantime, Deathstroke kidnaps Barker to question him.
Trayce tracks down Scoops, who had worked with Deathstroke and the former Vigilante, Adrian Chase. Scoops is able to tell her of Deathstroke’s involvement and where he is holding Barker. Scoops gives Pat the old Vigilante costume. As Pat tracks down Deathstroke and Barker, which leads to a final confrontation with Pat (Vigilante), Deathstroke, Batman and the masked assailant. The masked assailant gunning for Barker is revealed to be FBI agent, Lorna Gaines. Pat Trayce shoots Gaines as she tries to kill Deathstroke. Barker is taken into custody. First appearance of Pat Trayce in issue #6. First appearance of Pat Trayce as Vigilante in issue

Deathstroke: The Terminator #10-11 [1992]: Pat Trayce leaves her job as a detective behind her and decides to become the new Vigilante. She asks Deathstroke to train her; he initially refuses but later accepts. Deathstroke trains Pat in the arts of urban warfare and the two become lovers. Thus begins a tumultuous on again/off again relationship. With her new calling as Vigilante, Pat leaves her stepson Luis Jr. in the care of his aunt, Louisa.

Deathstroke: The Terminator #12-13 [1992]: Superman, at the behest of the CIA, hunts Deathstroke. As he eludes capture he is hunted by the Justice League. Now a fugitive, is it up to the Titans to bring him in?

Total Chaos: New Titans #90-92, Team Titans #1-3, Deathstroke: The Terminator #14-16 [1992]: The Team Titans have been sent to the past to kill the pregnant Troia before she gives birth to her son, who could become a god-powered dictator named Lord Chaos in the future. The Team is defeated, and Troia, having lost her powers, gives birth to a normal baby boy. Mirage of the Team Titans kidnaps Starfire and impersonates her so that she can date Nightwing. First appearance of Battalion in Team Titans #2. First appearance of Rose Wilson in Deathstroke #15. First appearance and history of Sweet Lili in issue #15. Birth of Robert Troy Long. Team Titans #1 is released in five different versions, but unlike variant cover gimmicks, all five are double-sized while selling for the regular price. Although all contain a common story, each also includes a different full-length origin story for a group member [Origins of Mirage, Terra II, Nightrider, Redwing and Killowat].

Deathstroke: The Terminator #15 [1992]: Part of the 9-part TOTAL CHAOS storyline. When Slade is injured and on the lam from the law, Sweet Lili takes him in and nurses his wounds. Sweet Lili relates her turbulent life story. It is at this time that Wintergreen meets Rose Wilson and suspects Slade is her father. First appearance of Rose Wilson. First appearance and history of Sweet Lili.

Deathstroke: The Terminator #17-20 [1992]: Deathstroke is brought back from the brink of death by Cheshire, who recruits him to help her. Checkmate is reactivated and agent Roy Harper is sent undercover to stop Cheshire. Cheshire, with Slade’s help, secures nuclear weapons from Russia in an attempt to blackmail the world. As a display that she is not bluffing, she nukes the nation of Quarac. Cheshire chooses Quarac, thinking it is a country full of terrorists and criminals, and although the world would act outraged, they would secretly be glad she did it. Slade reveals he is actually working undercover for the CIA, and with Roy Harper and Checkmate’s help, they prevent Cheshire from blackmailing the world. Although she escapes. Cheshire bombs Quarac in issue #19. Roy Harper appears throughout the storyline. Mammoth and Shimmer appear throughout the storyline, working for Cheshire.

Deathstroke: The Terminator Annual #1 [1992]: Eclipso crossover; New Titans appear. Eclipso spreads his evil as Red Star is possessed, leading to the possession of several other Titans. Continued in the Eclipso Annuals & Special. Part of the Eclipso, The Darkness Within DC Annuals, wherein Eclipso possesses various DC characters.

Deathstroke: The Terminator #21 [1993]: Deathstroke clashes with Vigilante Pat Trayce, as she tries to stop Slade from protecting a cop killer. But Pat learns it’s not all as it seems.

Deathstroke: The Terminator #22-23 [1993]: Deathstroke takes on a contract to save the kidnapped son of an ambassador from a vile terrorist – which brings him into conflict with the merc named The Janissary.

Deathstroke: The Terminator #24-25 [1993]: Deathstroke infiltrates a mysterious experimental community known as the Black Dome. The Black Dome is run by Gabriel Spense, who is using its inhabitants for his own twisted experiments. Deathstroke escapes the dome, and destroys it in the process.

Deathstroke: The Terminator #26 [1993]: Slade returns to Kenya for some rest and relaxation – but ends up confronting his own demons. Meanwhile, Wintergreen escapes from prison and reflects on his own past.

Deathstroke Annual #2 [1993]: Part of the BLOODLINES DC Annuals, introducing new characters. First appearance of Gunfire. An alien parasite’s bite gives munitions mogul Andrew Van Horn the ability to turn any object in his hands into a deadly explosive projectile.

Deathstroke: The Terminator #27-34 [1993-1994]: “DEATHSTROKE’S WORLD TOUR” begins as Slade sets out in search of his missing ex-wife, Addie. in a quest that will carry him from Kenya to Germany, from Europe to the Far East, in pursuit of a lost treasure and himself. Having been imprisoned for almost a decade, Addie’s first husband, Jacques Morel, returns and seeks the Kane ancestral armor, which is rumored to contain the secret location of a long-lost treasure.  Morel kidnaps Addie and injects her with a slow-acting poison to force her compliance. Deathstroke and Wintergreen track the pair around the world and eventually to Egypt, where it is discovered the armor itself was a star map to the lost treasure. Morel is infuriated to discover the “treasure” is actually the scroll libraries of Alexandria, instead of gold or jewels. And enraged Morel boasts that there was never an antidote to Adeline’s poison, which enables Addie to kill Morel during a fight with Deathstroke. To save Adeline’s life, Deathstroke gave her a transfusion of his own super-human blood, which contained regenerative properties. Vigilante joins his quest in issue #30. Addie’s past revealed in issue #32-34. Addie receives a blood transfusion that makes her immortal and eventually drives her insane in issue #34.

Deathstroke: The Terminator #35 [1994]: Following the conclusion of his “World Tour,” Deathstroke finds himself more alone than ever before, and he takes his rage out on a gang of kid mercenaries who have been plaguing him.

Deathstroke: The Terminator #36 [1994]: Wintergreen’s past returns to haunt him when his mentor, a British general during World War II, seeks Deathatroke’s help in stopping a blackmailer. But when they learn the general was actually a Nazi spy, Wintergreen is faced with the moral dilemma of whether to help a dear friend or see justice done.

Deathstroke Annual #3 [1994]: In the wake of a devastating nuclear war, humanity as a race is dead… it simply just doesn’t know it yet. Through this shattered world stalks Slade Wilson, an immortal mercenary with one desire: to be released from the hell of living. Part of the ELSEWORLDS DC Annuals, with alternate version of DC characters.

Deathstroke: The Terminator #37-38 [1994]: Deathstroke teams up with a merc named Aniel for a mission in the Middle East on the trail of a killer. The killer is revealed to be Aniel herself, who is a mythical were-creature Slade is forced to take down.

Deathstroke: The Terminator #39 [1994]: Deathstroke, Green Arrow and Vigilante each have their own reasons for going after Dr. Death, a physician turned hitman who seems certain to escape justice. At cross purposes and racing against time, the heroes try to outmaneuver one another in pursuit of their quarry.

Deathstroke: The Terminator #40 [1994]: Deathstroke interferes with a mob wedding on the bride’s behalf while assassins wait in the wings and bells toll for the dead.

Deathstoke: The Hunted #0 [1994]: Beginning the “Hunted” storyline. Deathstroke is implicated in a presidential assassination attempt, making him a wanted man. Crimelord plots against Slade. Addie Kane begins a vengeance campaign against Pat Trayce. Rose Wilson appears, only her second appearance. Maurice, Slade’s informant, is murdered. First appearance of Ravager III.

Deathstoke: The Hunted #41 [1994]: Bronze Tiger and Deadshot hunt Deathstroke, seemingly killing him. Meanwhile, the mystery assailant murders Slade’s friend Frannie.

Deathstoke: The Hunted #42 [1994]: Slade awakens in the morgue [the first hints of his immortality] and battles Guy Gardner, Warrior. The mystery assailant attacks Wintergreen and steals his journal, learning Slade’s secrets. Slade encounters Sweet Lili and during the confusion, discovers her daughter, Rose, has been kidnapped by the mystery assailant [now calling himself the Ravager].

Deathstoke: The Hunted #43 [1995]: The Ravager holds Rose hostage & reveals Slade is her father. Sweet Lili and Wintergreen mount a rescue attempt. Addie Kane and Crimelord plot against Slade. Slade is hunted by Hawkman.

Deathstoke: The Hunted #44 [1995]: Sweet Lili & Wintergreen try to rescue Rose Wilson as she tries to escape on her own. As Slade once again awakens from death, he is attacked by Crimelord’s agents.

Deathstoke: The Hunted #45 [1995]: The Titans hunt and capture Deathstroke; Wintergreen rescues Rose Wilson but Sweet Lili [Rose's mother] dies. Concludes the Hunted storyline. Death of Sweet Lili.

Deathstoke: The Hunted #0, 41-45 [1994-1995]: THE HUNTED STORYLINE. Deathstroke is implicated in a presidential assassination attempt, making him a wanted man. Crimelord plots against Slade. Addie Kane begins a vengeance campaign against Pat Trayce. Bronze Tiger and Deadshot hunt Deathstroke, seemingly killing him. Slade awakens in the morgue [the first hints of his immortality] and battles Guy Gardner, Warrior. Meanwhile, a mystery assailant murders Slade’s friends Maurice, Frannie and Squirrel and attacks Wintergreen. Slade encounters Sweet Lili and during the confusion, discovers her daughter, Rose, has been kidnapped by the mystery assailant [now calling himself the Ravager]. The Ravager holds Rose hostage & reveals Slade is her father. Sweet Lili and Wintergreen mount a rescue attempt. As Slade once again awakens from death, he is attacked by Crimelord’s agents as well as Hawkman. The Titans hunt and capture Deathstroke; Wintergreen rescues Rose Wilson but Sweet Lili [Rose's mother] dies. Hunted storyline concludes with issue #45. First appearance of Ravager III in issue #41. Death of Sweet Lili in issue #45.

Deathstoke #46 [1995]: Sarge Steel offers Deathstroke a deal. Addie Kane plots with the Crimelord, who has captured Pat Trayce [Vigilante]. Rose mourns her mother’s death and Wintergreen comforts her.

Deathstoke #47 [1995]: Deathstroke is forced to work for Sarge Steel. Addie Kane and Crimelord plot against Slade. Sarge Steel meets up with Rose Wilson & Wintergreen. The Ravager continues to stalk Slade and his friends.

Deathstoke #48 [1995]:The Crimelord/Syndicate War begins as Deathstroke and the Titans join forces to stop a deadly power struggle – a war that will change the face of Earth’s criminal underworld! Nuclear doom looms overhead as the Crimelord prepares for his final strike at the alien Syndicate. The Crimelord/Syndicate War: part 1 of 4: Rose Wilson confronts Slade and blames him for her mother’s death; Slade is intentially cruel to Rose because he feels distancing himself from her is in her best interest. Later, Wintergreen petitions to adopt her, but Slade has already made arrangements with Sarge Steel to place her into the Titans’ custody. In Tibet, Crimelord’s agents – Coven and Slagg – retrieve the brain-dead body of Mammoth. In Munich, a female Vigilante decimates Syndicate troops.The Crimelord threatens the government with nuclear weapons, leading Sarge Steel to send Deathstroke and the Titans to a stronghold in Dallas. Crimelord is actually setting up the Titans to attack a base of the alien criminal cartel known as The Syndicate. In doing so, two of his enemies are pitted against each other, leaving him free to advance his own plans. After destroying a Syndicate freighter, all the Titans fall to the Syndicate troops, except Deathstroke and Donna Troy.Continued in New Titans #122 [Rose joins the Titans] and Darkstars #32.

Deathstoke #49 [1995]: The Crimelord/Syndicate War, part 4; New Titans appear; Crimelord revealed to be Steve Dayton.

Deathstoke #50 [1995]: New Titans appear to stop the Crimelord. Working with Sarge Steel and Checkmate, Slade is able to prove that the assassination attempt was actually a plan of the Crimelord, Steve Dayton. Dayton wants to replace all the world leaders with clones, under his control. Also, the now-insane Dayton wants to merge his essence to cyberspace. Deathstroke thwarts his plan and clears his name. Dayton is left floating somewhere in the void of cyberspace. Wade DeFarge is revealed as the Ravager.

Deathstroke Annual #4 [1995]: a YEAR ONE of Deathstroke; the third Ravager revealed as Slade’s half-brother, Wade DeFarge; Wade relates how his hatred for his half-brother grew over the years [a flashback featuring Joe and Grant Wilson and Addie Kane is related]; Addie, now insane, dons the Vigilante costume and joins the fray, only to be shot between the eyes. Addie seemingly dies then rises in a morgue; Deathstroke defeats Ravager, who is brought into custody. Deathstroke believes Addie has died. A back-up story features Rose Wilson: Sarge Steel wonders about the hellion he has assumed custody of; Rose sneaks out against orders and runs into some street thugs.

Deathstroke #51 [1995]: As Damage brings Rose Wilson to the hospital, her meta-gene powers kicked in. Rose has an extensive precognitive vision where she sees her father’s (Deathstroke’s) future, caught in a grudge match with Hawkman.

Deathstroke #52 [1995]: Rose appears for one panel, worrying the grudge match with Hawkman and her father is beginning. Hawkman battles Deathstroke.

Deathstroke #53-54 [1995]: Trying to stop ‘The Borgia Plague’ from being unleashed, Slade is engulfed in an explosion in the Capital Dome.

Deathstroke #55-57 [1996]: Slade awakes in the hospital as a man some 20 years younger than he had been, with no recollection of his past life. Rose visits Slade in the hospital to inform him she is leaving him and the Titans to live with a friend of her mother’s; Sarge Steel objects, but Rose nonetheless leaves the Titans and her father. Pat Trayce, Vigilante, has salvaged what was left of Adeline Kane’s company, Searchers, Inc., and created her own search & rescue operation – Vigilance. On a mission for Sarge Steel, Slade learns of Steels’ involvement in covert chemical warfare experiments to create meta-humans. Slade severs all government ties with Steel and walks out.Deathstroke gets a new black and blue costume in issue #55. Rose quits the Titans in issue #55; Last appearance in Deathstroke series. First Vigilance in issue #55.

Deathstroke #58 [1996]: Deathstroke battles the Joker.

Deathstroke #59-60 [1996]: On a routine mission with Vigilante, Slade is caught in yet another explosion, this time involving volatile chemicals. The explosion ‘kills’ Slade and triggers another regeneration. After that incident, Slade’s actions become somewhat erratic, and he cuts ties with both Pat Trayce and Wintergreen, claiming they are no longer part of his life, since he did not remember them. So Pat Trayce continues running Vigilance, with Wintergreen as her right hand man. Wintergreen suspects that this second explosion restored Slade’s memory, since details of his past life crept up in idle conversation. Knowing that Slade must have his reasons for cutting ties with he and Pat, Wintergreen respects this unspoken request from Slade, and gives him his space.Series ends with issue #60. Deathstroke’s next appearances have him returning to his more mercenary ways. Slade’s next unmasked appearance in JLA/Titans #2 picture him with white hair. Sometime between Deathstroke #60 and JLA/Titans #2, he has inexplicably reverted to his true age. Pat Trayce [Vigilante] appears next in Hawk & Dove mini series [1997].


Annuals

Deathstoke Annual #1 [1992]: Eclipso crossover; New Titans appear. Eclipso spreads his evil as Red Star is possessed, leading to the possession of several other Titans. Continued in the Eclipso Annuals & Special. Part of the Eclipso, The Darkness Within DC Annuals, wherein Eclipso possesses various DC characters.

Deathstroke Annual #2 [1993]: Part of the BLOODLINES DC Annuals, introducing new characters. First appearance of Gunfire. An alien parasite’s bite gives munitions mogul Andrew Van Horn the ability to turn any object in his hands into a deadly explosive projectile.

Deathstroke Annual #3 [1994]: In the wake of a devastating nuclear war, humanity as a race is dead… it simply just doesn’t know it yet. Through this shattered world stalks Slade Wilson, an immortal mercenary with one desire: to be released from the hell of living. Part of the ELSEWORLDS DC Annuals, with alternate version of DC characters.

Deathstroke Annual #4 [1995]: a YEAR ONE of Deathstroke; the third Ravager revealed as Slade’s half-brother, Wade DeFarge; Wade relates how his hatred for his half-brother grew over the years [a flashback featuring Joe and Grant Wilson and Addie Kane is related]; Addie, now insane, dons the Vigilante costume and joins the fray, only to be shot between the eyes. Addie seemingly dies then rises in a morgue; Deathstroke defeats Ravager, who is brought into custody. Deathstroke believes Addie has died. A back-up story features Rose Wilson: Sarge Steel wonders about the hellion he has assumed custody of; Rose sneaks out against orders and runs into some street thugs.


Crossovers & Appearances of Note

IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

New Titans #70 [1990]: Deathstroke saves the life of a government official, one of who trying to create peace with his government and a faction of rebels. This issue served as a ‘primer’ for Deathstroke’s solo series.

New Titans #90-92, Team Titans #1-3, Deathstroke #14-16 [1992]: “Total Chaos” – The Team Titans have been sent to the past to kill the pregnant Troia before she gives birth to her son, who could become a god-powered dictator named Lord Chaos in the future. The Team is defeated, and Troia, having lost her powers, gives birth to a normal baby boy. Mirage of the Team Titans kidnaps Starfire and impersonates her so that she can date Nightwing. First appearance of Battalion in Team Titans #2. Birth of Robert Troy Long. Team Titans #1 is released in five different versions, but unlike variant cover gimmicks, all five are double-sized while selling for the regular price. Although all contain a common story, each also includes a different full-length origin story for a group member [Origins of Mirage, Terra II, Nightrider, Redwing and Killowat]. Donna Troy asks the Titans of Myth to remove her powers in Team Titans #3.

New Titans #122, Darkstars #32, Deathstroke #48-49 [1995]: “The Crimelord/Syndicate War” – The Crimelord/Syndicate War begins as Deathstroke and the Titans join forces to stop a deadly power struggle – a war that will change the face of Earth’s criminal underworld! Nuclear doom looms overhead as the Crimelord prepares for his final strike at the alien Syndicate. The Titans, Hawkman and the Blood Pack join Deathstroke in a desperate race to stop the Crimelord from exercising this final option. Part One began in Deathstroke #48 – continued in Darkstars #32, New Titans #122 and Deathstroke #49. Meanwhile, Sarge Steel introduces Rose Wilson as a reluctant Titan. Rose Wilson joins the Titans in New Titans #122.


 


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