Deathstroke has proven his chops as one of DC Comics’ best villains time and time again, during everything from his creation in Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s New Teen Titans to video games like Batman: Arkham Origins.
There’s a reason you see all sorts of DC heroes trying to pluck Deathstroke out as their own antagonist, with everyone from the Teen Titans to Batman to Green Arrow building serious cases for their enmity. Deathstroke the Terminator is just that good.
Due to a fascinating background, perfect color scheme, and excellent eye patch, Slade Wilson has been involved as DC’s most compelling killer for hire since the early 1980’s.
After a dry spell following the character’s peak in popularity in the early 90s, DC’s New 52 and Rebirth have both seen solo ongoings for Deathstroke, with the Rebirth series in particular ranking as one of the publisher’s best.
Below you’ll find a mega reading order for Deathstroke comics, ranging across a wide variety of titles the character’s been involved with.
The Complete Deathstroke Reading Order
Origins in Teen Titans
Collects: New Teen Titans #1 To #8
Deathstroke the Terminator origins in the pages of Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s relaunched Teen Titans.
Collects: New Teen Titans #9-16
Any time Darkseid hires Deathstroke to take on Wolverine, that’s a comic you have to read.
Collects: New Teen Titans #28-34, New Teen Titans Annual #2
Collects: New Teen Titans #35-41
Collects: New Teen Titans #42-48, New Teen Titans Annual #3
Collects: The New Teen Titans #49-58
Collects: New Teen Titans #1-9
Deathstroke’s First Solo Series In The 90’s
Collects: Deathstroke: The Terminator #1-9 And The New Titans #70
Collects: Deathstroke: The Terminator #10-13, Deathstroke: The Terminator Annual #1, And Superman #68
Collects: Deathstroke The Terminator #14-20 And Showcase ’93 #6-11
Collects: New Titans #75 To #84
Slade is forced to confort a possessed Jericho.
Collects: Deathstroke, The Terminator #21-#25 And Deathstroke The Terminator Annual #2
Collects: Detective Comics #708 To #710
Batman caught in the crossfire between Deathstroke and Gunhawk in “Death Lottery.”
Villains United and Deathstroke In DC’s Crisis
Collects: Outsiders #22
Deathstroke messes with Dick Grayson’s Outsiders unit.
Collects: Identity Crisis #2 To #3
Deathstroke takes on the Justice League in one of the character’s most iconic fights.
There’s lots of Deathstroke throughout the Geoff Johns run of Teen Titans, including Slade and Rose Wilson dressing up as Batman and Batgirl.
Collects: Superman/Batman #27-36 And Superman/Batman Annual #1
Deathstrokes takes a contract for Bruce Wayne’s head in Superman/Batman Annual #1
Collects: Batman #635-641, #645-50 And Batman Annual #25
Deathstroke makes an appearance in the second half of the story, approaching Black Mask about interest in joining The Society.
Dick Grayson takes on the training of Rose Wilson, aka the new Ravager and daughter of Deathstroke.
Collects: Nightwing #111 To #117
Collects: Villains United #1 To #6
Countdown to Infinite Crisis
Collects: Infinite Crisis Special: Villains United #1, Infinite Crisis #1 To #7
Deathstroke And The Titans Before New 52
Collects: Green Arrow #60 To #66
Green Arrow vs. Deathstroke to save Mayor Oliver Queen!
Collects: Green Arrow #67 To #75
Collects: Blackest Night: Batman Issues #1-3, Blackest Night: Superman Issues #1-3 And Blackest Night: Teen Titans
The Blackest Night Teen Titans tie-ins feature major developments for Slade and Rose Wilson!
Collects: Dc Universe: Last Will And Testament #1
Brad Meltzer and Adam Kubert write a one-shot callback to “The Judas Contract”
Written by David Hine with art by Georges Jeanty and Mark McKenna.
Collects: Batman And Robin #11 To #12
Deathstroke is hired by Talia Al Ghul to kill Dick Grayson (currently operating as Batman)
Collects: Titans: Villains For Hire Special #1, Titans #24 To #28
Collects: Titans #29 To #38
Collects: Flashpoint: Deathstroke And The Curse Of The Ravager #1 To #3
New 52 Deathstroke Reading Order
Collects: Deathstroke #1 To #6
Collects: Deathstroke #7 To #12
Collects: Forever Evil #1 To #6
Deathstroke joins the villains banding together to save the world from the evil Justice League.
Collects: Deathstroke #1 To #6
Collects: Deathstroke #7-10, Annual #1 And Dc Sneak Peak: Deathstroke #1
Collects: Deathstroke #11-16
Collects: Deathstroke #17-20 And A Special Preview Of Deathstroke: Rebirth #1
DC Rebirth Deathstroke Reading Order
Collects: Deathstroke Rebirth #1, Deathstroke #1 To #5
Collects: Deathstroke #6 To #11
Collects: Deathstroke #12 To #18
Collects: Batman #25-32
Deathstroke’s a supporting player in the Joker and Riddler’s war for Gotham City.
Collects: Superman American Alien #3
Deathstroke has a contract to take out a college-aged Bruce Wayne, but mistakes him for Clark Kent on a party yacht.
Collects: Titans #11, Teen Titans #8, Deathstroke #19-20 And Teen Titans Annual #1
Collects: Deathstroke #21 To #25
Collects: Metal #1 To #6
Deathstroke works with the heroes, most notably with Aquaman to prevent the invasion of the Dark Knights. After all, what could be worse for Deathstroke than a dark multiverse full of Batmen?