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The Best Deathstroke Storylines To Get To Know Slade Wilson

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When it comes to killer assassins in the DC Universe, you can't get much better than Deathstroke The Terminator himself. For many, he is the antithesis of Batman—a man with no superpowers who has honed his abilities to take out enemies of all kinds. The only problem is where Batman refuses to take a life, Deathstroke has no such inhibitions. He's been around for decades and is one of the most interesting characters in DC's publishing library, but for those who aren't intimately familiar with his comics, he's not well understood.

Thanks to some great performances by Manu Bennett in Arrow, and his appearances in the DC Animated Universe, there are tons of fans who have been introduced to the character and are looking for more story arcs consisting of Deathstroke's greatest adventures. For those fans, there are hundreds, if not thousands of comic book issues to choose from that feature Deathstroke. So if you are a new fan of Deathstroke these are great stories to get started on, or if you have always been a Deathstroke fan, use this list to find great story arcs you may have missed.  This list compiles the very best Deathstroke The Terminator storylines featured in comic books, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, stories, and one-shots DC has ever published. Go ahead and read through these to get a good understanding of who this character is, and if you find your favorite story, don't forget to vote it up and see which one rises to the top!

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  • Identity Crisis: Serial Killer
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    Story Found In: Identity Crisis #3

    Deathstroke may be an assassin, but that's not all he does in the world. During the "Identity Crisis" event, Doctor Light was on the run after he assaulted the Elongated Man's wife, Sue Dilby. To ensure his safety, he hired Deathstroke, and that meant he had the assassin standing between him and the entire roster of the Justice League.

    As you might imagine, this leads to a massive fight, pitting Deathstroke against the Flash, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Green Lantern, and Zatanna. All of those people are exceptional warriors in the DC Universe, but Deathstroke holds his own against each of them. When he fails to achieve the upper hand, it sends him into a blind rage, and he even breaks into Green Arrow's place to let him know their fight wasn't over... not by a longshot.

    • Created By: Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales
    • Publisher: DC Comics
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  • Story Found In: The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans

    Back in the 1990s, the comic book industry was struggling, and one of the ways DC and Marvel decided to combat the problem was to pit their various teams of characters against one another. This worked in many ways, and it also gave the fans something they wanted for years.

    In the crossover that pitted Marvel's X-Men against The New Teen Titans, Slade Wilson ended up fighting against Marvel's Mutants by matching up against none other than Wolverine himself!

    The two talented fighters ended up battling to the very end, but instead of one killing the other, their battle ends in an epic standstill, which proves that both Wolverine and Deathstroke are the two greatest fighters of their respective universe!

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    •  Angel And The Beast: Deathstroke
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      Story Found In: Azrael #45

      Slade Wilson has made a reputation for being the world's deadliest assassin, and that means he isn't likely to let one of his targets fall to another. In Azrael #45, Deathstroke finds himself in conflict with Azrael when both men are targeting the same individual. The villain Calibax has been putting Azrael's friends into comas, which has placed him directly in his sights, but Deathstroke is ready to take out his target at the same time.

      Deathstroke is easily outmatched by the flame-sword wielding knight, or so it seems. When he sees the weapon, he quips, "flaming blade, nice touch. Might impress somebody... somebody else." It's an impressive fight, with an even more impressive cover for the issue. The story is one of the best featuring Deathstroke in a single issue.

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      • One Year Later
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        Story Found In: Teen Titans (2003) #34

        "One Year Later" was an ongoing DC event from 2006, which features pretty much every person in the DC Universe a year following the events of the "Infinite Crisis" storyline. This event explored the major changes seen in the DC Universe throughout many of its books, and you can bet it featured a great Deathstroke story arc.

        For Deathstroke, it was all about his ability to manipulate people, which ended up including the entirety of Titans East. He blackmailed, drugged, and mind-controlled Batgirl, Ravager, Duela Dent, and Risk, but they were eventually able to free their minds and switch sides.

        • Publisher: DC Comics
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