Here we are, halfway through Civil War II, wading through all the different tie-in issues and short series including Spider-Man, X-Men, and our favourite red, white and blue newly made fascist, Captain America. Just as the title says, Steve Rogers is still a secret hydra agent and in this tie-in we get some good, but sort of obvious, idea of what he is planning. I’ve seen a few posts on CBR and other websites straight up spoiling the end of the book, I won’t be doing that here.
Looking at the last few reviews I’ve done, I realized I haven’t done an Image book in a while. I looked through my collection and saw Horizon #1, a monthly series written by Brandon Thomas with art by Juan Gedeon and Frank Martin. Going over this book again I realized it keeps a lot of the plot to itself in this issue, after I finished the afterword by Brandon Thomas I had a better idea of where this book is going. That being said, I’ll avoid talking about what is included in the afterword and spoilers as much as possible, but just to warn you, there may be some.
I haven’t read any previous Deathstroke Books, I’ve only had exposure to him through the Batman Arkham games, animated TV shows, and in Arrow on the CW but there is one thing I’ve gleaned from all that, Deathstroke is an asshole. This book immediately shows you that yup, he’s still an asshole, but maybe he’s not all that bad. I’ll be trying to avoid spoilers, but since this is a Rebirth issue there isn’t very much active plot to spoil, only enough to catch you up to where Deathstroke is and what he’s doing now.
How did we get so lucky, no longer do you need to dream about a crossover so fantastic and perfect, it’s here and boy is it a great start. We’ve seen Aliens vs Predator, we’ve seen Predator vs Judge Dredd, we’ve seen Judge Dredd vs Aliens, now is the time to see them all come together and fight it out. As this book has only been out for a week or two as of writing this, I’ll try to avoid major plot spoilers but realistically it’s pretty obvious what the plot of this is going to be about; everybody fighting.