Even Deathstroke Admits His Bright Orange Costume Makes Zero Sense

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Deathstroke Inc. #11

In the latest issue of DC Comics' Deathstroke Inc., Slade Wilson finally reveals the reason his costume is orange. Serving as one of the DC Universe's deadliest mercenaries, it's never made much sense why an assassin like Deathstroke would wear such a bright color considering the nature of his work which is often covert. However, Slade's new Year One arc reveals that orange was never a deliberate fashion choice.

While Deathstroke Inc. had been revealing Slade Wilson's rise to power as King of the Supervillains, that arc is now continuing in DC's current Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover with Deathstroke taking advantage of the death of the Justice League. Now, Deathstroke Inc. is looking back with Slade getting his own Year One storyline, a classic DC staple where certain characters' earliest days are more deeply explored. As seen in the first issue, Slade volunteered to undergo government experimentation to enhance his physical abilities and grant him a highly accelerated healing factor.

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Now, Deathstroke Inc. #11 from Ed Brisson and Dexter Soy continues the Year One arc with Slade going on his first mission following the government experimentation which turned him into a super-soldier. Hired to kill the scientist in charge of the dark project who covered up the deaths of the 47 other soldiers who didn't survive the process, Deathstroke and his friend/mentor Bill Wintergreen visit a contact who provides them with an experimental combat suit that will also hide Slade's identity. However, its status as a rare prototype accounts for the bright orange coloring that seemingly runs counterintuitive to Slade's work as an assassin.

Seeing as how the coloring has hardly changed throughout Deathstroke's career in DC Comics, it seems the orange ended up growing on Slade Wilson (Wintergreen certainly seemed to like it). Its value as a bulletproof and self-healing material likely made it hard to give up as well. Likewise, it's also not a stretch to imagine that Slade probably enjoys the bold message of confidence an orange suit inherently communicates to his foes.

Although it was never the intention for Slade's costume to be orange, there's no denying that it's become incredibly iconic over the span of his lethal tenure in the DC Universe. It's certainly a bold testament to his skills and abilities as a mercenary after wearing it for his 42 years as a DC Comics villain. Deathstroke Inc. #11 is on sale now.

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