In recent years, DC has been entertaining fans with their book and mask gift sets that not only allow you to enjoy a great story, but also bear the visage of a key character. Past offerings have included V For Vendetta, Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls, and Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family. The most recent addition to the line, which is the focus of this feature, is that of Deathstroke Vol. 1: Gods of War.
Although Deathstroke was somewhat of an obscure character for a few decades, he has seen a remarkable surge in popularity in recent years thanks to appearances in various forms of media such as Arrow, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Son of Batman. Odds are you have seen him in at least one of these and have thought about wearing that bad ass mask.
The story itself is written and illustrated to brutal, super violent perfection by the one and only Tony Daniel. It sees Slade Wilson literally recapture his youth as he gets caught in the crosshairs of the mysterious Odysseus, who has a shocking connection to the world’s greatest mercenary. Batman and Harley Quinn also make some great guest appearances, the former of which engages in a bloody battle with the titular character.
The included mask is plastic and one-sided, but looks really good for the price (the set costs $29.99 US). You won’t overheat in it at all. The only real downside, at least in my opinion, is that they put holes on the right side so people can see. This is probably due to the costume company not wanting to be responsible for people falling down and bumping into things, but I elected to wear an eye patch under my mask to make it more authentic.
In case you were wondering, I wore this beauty to a nightclub. It’s okay, I’m a regular there.
This set is highly recommended for fans of Deathstroke, though it’s probably best to buy it for a mature reader if you plan on purchasing this as a gift. I wasn’t lying when I said the trade paperback was violent. Be sure to check out some interior images in the slideshow below before leaving.