Deadshot and Katana lead this double sized issue in their own stories.
Last month Deadshot did a very bad thing and it involved murder and his mother. He also left the reservation and is in danger of getting that tiny bomb in his head blown up; he wants Amanda Waller dead — and she just so happens to be the one person with the finger on that button. The Suicide Squad is brought in to bring him in. Meanwhile in the Katana story the Suicide Squad is brought in to support Katana. She’s between a rock and a hard place in Markovia as the queen of Kobra has her tied up and ready for execution.
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #3 (DC Comics)
Why does this book matter?
First and foremost the art in the Deadshot story by Victor Bogdanovic is excellent. The general idea behind this series works too as you get two creative teams working on two separate stories loosely connected via the Suicide Squad.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
It’s nice to see writer Brian Buccellato isn’t holding back when it comes to Deadshot. He’s a badass and truly a villain and there’s no sugar coating his villainy in this issue or the last. Sure he might shoot the good guys in the knee, but he does it with a “go fuck yourself” sort of temperament. This issue establishes his rage quite well and you’ll believe by the end he has every right to seek revenge. It’s also nice to see some character development from his – now ex – teammates as they reluctantly help Waller. Regardless of what they’ve done in the past they’re still slaves and Buccellato doesn’t let us forget that.
The art is once again fantastic and reminiscent of Greg Capullo in so many ways. A quiet scene in a hospital is captivating due to the sharp lines the shadows create and the interesting choices for panels. Two full page spreads involve bullets flying and Bogdanovic captures the brutality of the scenes. He simply kills it on a half page spread of the Suicide Squad who look poised and cool as hell too.
Meanwhile in the Katana story writer Mike W. Barr gifts the narrative with a lot more fun as the Suicide Squad joins the fray. Deadshot and Harley Quinn infuse the story with different elements that make their little adventure in overthrowing a dictatorship fun.
The art by Diogenes Neves is good in a superhero sort of way. Deadshot looks fantastic, Harley has a few choice moments of grinning insanity and there’s plenty of explosions too.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The Deadshot story does have a heavy amount of dialogue which bogs down scenes at times. You’ll want more drama between Waller and Deadshot, or more shooting and action, but instead you’ll get a heavy chit chat instead. It only really happens twice but it upsets the pace a bit.
Once again I cannot get into this Katana story. The story itself feels flat and phoned in, Katana is no more than a spectator, and the layouts a bit limp and uneventful. The characters are detailed, sharp and overall good, but the art isn’t inspiring much excitement. The stakes are never really raised and there’s no buy in to really care about any of this. It’s telling that a cat dying is the most emotional moment of this story so far.
Is It Good?
The Deadshot story continues to tell a meaningful and great looking story, but the Katana story feels so run of the mill it brings down the whole shebang. There’s nothing overtly bad in this issue, it’s just so damn middling.