Deathstroke first appeared in The New Teen Titans #2 (1980). Along with being a mercenary and assassin, he is a supervillain and sometime anti-hero in the DC Comics Universe. Imbued with enhanced physical prowess by secret army experiments attempting to create metahuman soldiers for the U.S. military, Deathstroke the Terminator (called "Terminator" for most of his published existence) became a mercenary soon after the experiment when he defied orders to rescue his friend and mentor Wintergreen, who had been sent on a suicide mission by a commanding officer with a grudge. However, he kept this career secret from his family, even though his wife was an expert military combat instructor- indeed, she had been responsible for a significant portion of his early training-, until a criminal named the Jackal kidnapped his younger son, Joseph, as a hostage to force Slade to divulge the name of a client who had hired him as an assassin. Slade refused to do so, claiming that it was against his personal honor code, and attacked and killed the kidnappers at the rendezvous. Unfortunately, Joseph's throat was slashed by one of the criminals before Slade could prevent it, destroying his vocal cords and rendering him mute.

After taking Joseph to the hospital, Slade's wife Adeline, enraged at his endangerment of her son, tried to kill Slade by shooting him, but only managed to destroy his right eye. Afterward, his confidence in his physical abilities was such that he made no secret of his impaired vision, marked by his mask which has a black featureless half covering his lost eye. Without his mask, Slade wears an eyepatch.
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Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe


Injustice: Gods Among Us



Page Updated:  Dec. 23rd, 2019

To be frank, Deathstroke's fighting style in MK VS DC really didn't impress me. I never really liked him as a superhero design... his bright-ass orange and blue costume is a bit loud for my tastes. It's like the designers said "Hmm, there's currently no superhero wearing orange and blue spandex. Bingo!" lol. So is Deathstroke on the New York Knicks? "F*ck the Knicks" (to quote Yipes).

Deathstroke looks arguably better in 2D form... but a truly good superhero design should look cool in both 2D and 3D. Any Marvel fanboy can't hold back from telling you that Deadpool is a better design in every way. Yeah, Deathstroke actually came first, but Deadpool is more interesting to me because he's a parody (and about 17 other reasons). As far as their fighting game appearances go, I also think Deadpool had a cooler appearance. At least Deathstroke's Injustice incarnation was a significant improvement over his previous fighting game appearance. He has a pretty cool projectile-based fighting style, but I find his fighting stance to be pretty laughable... typical awkward NetherRealm swaying ftw.

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