Deathstroke declares a ‘Shadow War’ on the DC Universe

Deathstroke declares a ‘Shadow War’ on the DC Universe in an upcoming three-month crossover in the pages of Deathstroke Inc., Batman, and Robin from DC Comics. "Shadow War Alpha" no. 1 Arrives Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

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As the writer on titles such as “Robin,” “Deathstroke Inc.,” “Infinite Frontier,” “Justice League Incarnate” and now “Batman,” it’s clear that Joshua Williamson has an incredible passion for DC and its characters.

Beginning in March, the fan-favorite writer is bringing fans “Shadow War,” a three-month crossover event where the worlds of Batman, Robin (Damian Wayne) and Deathstroke collide in an event that will have major ramifications in the DC Universe.

The action begins on March 29, with “Shadow War Alpha” no. 1, written by Williamson, with art by Viktor Bogdanovic (“Detective Comics“). Slade Wilson commits an unthinkable act, and Talia al Ghul, the Daughter of the Demon, is out for blood.

The League of Shadows is out to murder Deathstroke and destroy Deathstroke Inc., and it’s up to Batman and Robin to track Slade down and bring him to justice, but do they? This 48-page one-shot is priced at $5.99 and features a main cover by Jonboy Meyers, with variant covers by Bogdanovic and a card stock variant cover by “Detective Comics” artist Dan Mora, priced at $6.99.

Eager fans will have two chances to get a glimpse into the events unfolding in “Shadow War” before “Shadow War Alpha” no. 1 arrives in comic book stores. On March 22, “Robin” no. 12, also written by Williamson with art by Roger Cruz, features a changed Damian Wayne returning to Gotham after the end of the Lazarus Tournament, only to have one more opponent to battle to the death: Damian Wayne! Priced at $3.99, cover art is provided by Viktor Bogdanovic, with variant covers from Francis Manapul (main variant) and Crystal Kung (1:25 “ratio” variant).

Issue seven of “Deathstroke Inc.” also arrives in stores on March 22, written by Williamson with art by Stephen Segovia. This issue spotlights a guest appearance by Slade’s daughter Rose Wilson, a.k.a. Ravager in father-daughter face off! Ravager wants to know why Deathstroke has proclaimed himself “King of the Super-Villains,” and she’s brought the mysterious character Respawn with her to find out.

This is the issue where past secrets are exposed, resulting in a cliffhanger that leads directly into “Shadow War!” Frequent Williamson collaborator Howard Porter provides the main cover (priced at $3.99), with the main variant cover by Ivan Tao, and a one in 25 ratio variant card stock cover by Acky Bright (priced at $4.99).

The “Shadow War” action continues in April with “Batman” no. 122. “Deathstroke Inc.” no. 8, and “Robin” no. 13 and concludes in May with “Batman” no. 123, “Shadow War Zone” no. 1, “Deathstroke Inc.” no. 9, and “Robin” no. 14, concluding with the can’t-miss “Shadow War Omega” no. 1.

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