"Gods of War": Slade Wilson considers the role of Deathstroke a job, not a reflection of who he is. Most of the rumours about him are true, and he doesn't mind, because he loves his job. As far as he is concerned, Slade Wilson is a good man - an adven
- Our business is not over. And it is now you who are indebted to me. I will collect when the time comes. For now, you should worry only about survival.
- — I-Ching
Appearing in "Gods of War"
Synopsis for "Gods of War"
Slade Wilson considers the role of Deathstroke a job, not a reflection of who he is. Most of the rumours about him are true, and he doesn't mind, because he loves his job. As far as he is concerned, Slade Wilson is a good man - an adventurer.
Assassin work gives Slade the opportunity to make new friends from all walks of life. His middle-man Tiggs is one such person, and the pair trust each other so strongly that they will take each others' true identities to the grave. They share a distaste for technology, choosing instead to rely on photographs and written notes - leaving no electronic footprint. For his next assignment, Tigg offers the chance to go back to Russia - despite a personal request from the president that he not come back - and kill a scumbag named "Possum".
Slade's contact in Russia is Angelica - with whom he has a sexual history - and he lets her tire him out, so long as he gets away by morning. She is, after all, very resourceful. Her intel proves good, and after tearing through his targets, he returns to find that she got that intel by torturing two men to death. She intimates that one of the many things they told her was that this contract was a set-up. Word of Deathstroke's coming had already reached them, and they offered to pay her well to let him walk into the trap. She obliged, of course, but decided to stick around, and discovered a mobile phone transmitting a frequency that only Slade could hear - at least, that's what Possum told her.
Possum sits, tied to a chair and bloodied, and he smirks that Slade should be able to hear the key unlocking the barriers on his mind, stripping him of his motor function. Slade's many employers had thought they could hide what they had him do for them - but they were wrong. Collapsing, Slade angrily spits out the code that Possum is seeking. Having got what he wanted, Possum prepares to kill Slade, musing that he will be able to test Deathstroke's famed healing power. He prepares to slice off Slade's head, but Slade grips the blade in his hand, and mightily thrusts the handle up through Possum's skull, killing him.
Unfortunately, Possum had backup, and Slade is soon on the run from military-grade aircraft. He feigns an injury in order to lure in the enemy, and spots familiar markings on the men sent to collect him - but they aren't local to Russia. As he cuts them down and makes his mistake, Possum watches, still somehow alive.
Bleeding heavily, Slade is too wounded to think clearly, trying to remember the name of the man he's to see; an older man called I-Ching. Fortunately, he finds his way to the old man's place, and collapses onto the floor. Some time later, Slade wakes to see the old man looking down on him, explaining that he brought him back from the dead - but he is not safe. Nowhere is safe for Deathstroke. Slade now owes him a debt, which he will collect eventually, but for now, Slade needs to worry about surviving. With that warning, I-Ching disappears before his eyes.
Despite having been healed, Slade senses something has changed in him - and he doesn't like it.
- This book was first published on October 22, 2014.
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