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- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CARL! Today, one of the greatest humans ever would have been 78.

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This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the "Zero Month" titles coming out over the next few weeks.

So here we go:

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DC’s The Source blog today announced full creative teams for DEATHSTROKE, THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN, and GRIFTER, the three New 52 titles infamous creator Rob Liefeld takes over in May.

Liefeld will provide both script and art for DEATHSTROKE, in a story that will kick off with a “battle royale between the mercenary [and] intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo.” This will mark Lobo’s first New 52 appearance.

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MTV Geek is pleased to give you an exclusive sneak peek at Deathstroke #5, hitting stores on 1/11:

Deathstroke's allies are dwindling and the net is tightening, so now's a bad time for the return of Legacy! Who is this relentless enemy, and who's been stalking the unbeatable mercenary?

Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art by JOE BENNETT and ART THIBERT
Cover by SIMON BISLEY

Read the preview for Deathstroke #5 below:

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Batman and Robin #1, Peter J. Tomasi (w), Patrick Gleason (a) [Print Edition]

THE PITCH: Batman and his son are generally jerks to each other.

HOW WAS IT? There’s nothing wrong with this book, persay. Tomasi and Gleason are a good team, and know how to tell a story. Unfortunately, this suffers from a lot of expectations: it’s a number one issue; it’s part of the relaunch; and it has to live up to the high level Grant Morrison set on the title.

This book does a better job of introing who Batman is, and who he’s about than Detective Comics, sure – but at the same time, it just continues where we left off in the previous issue. It’s also nowhere near as wildly creative (read: insane) as Morrison was when he launched the title. And particularly as Robin(s) appear in a few other DC books, I continue to question why this title was necessary given the relaunch.

BEST BIT: The villain is good and creepy.

WORST BIT: Batman standing in the sewers under where his parents were killed, being a total douche to his own son.

EASTER EGGS: None that I noticed.

ACCESSIBLE TO NEW READERS? I guess? That they continued the idea of Batman having a ten year old son is definitely going to make a few heads scratched.

WILL YOU BE PICKING UP ISSUE 2? Probably not.

RATING: 35/52

Deathstroke #1, Kyle Higgins (w), Joe Bennett (a) [Print Edition]

THE PITCH: The biggest bad-ass in the world is hired to take on a new job… And might be in for more than he bargained for.

HOW WAS IT? Beyond the busy new costume which I assume is supposed to make Deathstroke the Terminator – an impossibly old metahuman with insane reflexes, a healing factor, and super strength – more realistic, there’s the matter of the also rather busy plot. I’m all for a down and dirty revenge tale, or the story of an over-the-hill assassin proving he’s still the bad-ass we think he is. Read More...

It’s no secret that death is a revolving door in comics. When a character dies, they’ll just be back a few issues (or years) down the road, good as new, minus a few angsty sentences about being conflicted about returning to life. But what about the heroes who can’t die? Here’s ten of our favorites:

10. Deathstroke (DC)

The man formerly known as Slade Wilson went through a government program that made him super fast, super strong, and super smart. As a side effect, it also made him virtually immortal, with a super quick healing factor… That for some reason doesn’t work on limbs or eyeballs. However, Slade can recover from almost any other injury, even near death – though sometimes it temporarily drives him insane.

 

9. The Resurrection Man (DC)

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Or as it should be otherwise referred to: "DC's totes serious about giving Wildstorm characters a go in the DCU."

I actually have a lot of love for some of the Wildstorm properties under all-star creators like Morrison, Millar (I enjoyed his work there), Brubaker, Ellis, Ennis, Simone, and on and on. But after a series of relaunches and reboots over the past 5 years, readers made it pretty clear they weren't interested in the Wildstorm universe any longer, or at least books under those titles. I can't help but respect the guts in going back to the well like this, but I just don't think the names or concepts behind Stormwatch carry the cachet they used to, especially when they were essentially responses to the JLA, a team which now inhabits the same universe. I think Stormwatch is essentially a good core concept, but giving them their own title feels like a bit of unintentional oversaturation. Read More...

This week, longtime Teen Titans and JLA villain Slade Wilson--known more commonly by his nom de guerre, Deathstroke--gets the Flashpoint treatment courtesy of writer Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Joe Bennet and John Dell in Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager. The one-eyed super assassin, who once single-handedly took down the Justice League in Identity Crisis is now taking down ships on the high seas as a pirate in Curse. Why's he a pirate? Who does he hate with no Titans around? Where are the deadly Wilson offspring?

Find out answers to at least a couple of these questions in this interview with Jimmy Palmiotti and feast your eyes on this exclusive preview.

MTV Geek: So, I’m asking this of all the creators about their particular project, but for you, why Deathstroke? What made the character interesting for you?

Jimmy Palmiotti: Two factors play into this one: first, Geoff Johns and Eddie Berganza thought I might be a good fit for this character and project. So they approached me with the idea, had me read the Flashpoint books and asked for my take on the character and the world around him. The character of Deathstroke has always been my kind of character, a dark, driven killer—and when they said it would be a pirate book, my imagination went wild. What you see in these three issues is unlike anything that has been done with the character before and at the same time, it’s very loyal to him as well. It was a real blast to be included in this.

Geek: Along the same lines, why was he chosen as a viewpoint character for this event? Read More...

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