With that awesome Suicide Squad trailer under our belts who isn’t more pumped for anything with the same title?
I sure am, but as for issue #2 of Suicide Squad Most Wanted starring Deadshot and Katana: is it good?
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #2 (DC Comics)
Last month Katana entered a country run by Kobra and aimed to extract someone, which ended with her taking on Kobra’s leader. Meanwhile Deadshot is training a new recruit but on their first mission he goes AWOL to pay a visit to family. This issue picks up where the two left off.
Why does this book matter?
Aside from the obvious reason that DC will be giving this extra attention in anticipation for the Suicide Squad film — the Deadshot story is gorgeous. It’s done in a detailed style reminiscent of Greg Capullo and may just make the whole thing worth it alone.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
The title “Most Wanted” begins to make a lot of sense by issue’s end and it turns out to be a solid reason for this Katana/Deadshot combo. That’s one of the best elements of this issue as both stories wrap with a “can’t wait for the next issue” cliffhanger.
The Deadshot story written by continues to be the stronger of the two and delivers a surprising take of Deadshot’s childhood. Considering he’s an assassin it’s going to be messed up, but a mistake he made makes his childhood a rather tragic one. This story is rather villainous too and reminds us he’s no hero as he does some very bad things. If you think you have family issues read this and feel better.
The art continues to be stellar here with some inspired layout design thought. Take for instance a moment where Deadshot kills someone and as he’s reflecting we see a shot of him inside a panel shaped like the dead bodies silhouette. It hammers home the weight on him and improves the story’s emotional weight.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The Katana story however is dragging along with very little purpose. Take for instance the opening which spends 4 pages showing us Katana taking on the boss only to have her flee. Then Katana runs off to catch a random van (who has a cop driving it that shot his co worker for no real reason but to make it okay for Katana to hurt him I guess) and from there her actions and the events seem more and more nonsensical. It’s like reading a series of events that don’t matter or have much to do with each other aside from a cursory transition. Thankfully it ends as I said above at a place that’ll be a lot more fun next month.
Is It Good?
The Deadshot story continues to carry this book with a solid story, strong character development and fantastic art. While it’s mostly flashback it’ll resonate for those looking to understand the character a little bit more.