The last issue of this double feature series is here and conclusions are in order! Is it good?
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #6 (of 6) (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? The official DC synopsis reads:
Kobra put the fate of the Earth at risk-and now he wants Katana and the Squad to work beside him to clean up his mistakes. As the fight on his ark heats up, they’ll all need to decide what is most important!
Why does this book matter?
Aside from the fact that these characters will be immortalized in the brains of moviegoers in a few short weeks this series has had its plus sides. For starters, Katana is getting into one complicated pickle dealing with Kobra and their army. And for his part, Deadshot has had to deal with some very complicated family issues. Combined you have a comic that makes two characters who usually fight for page time shine through.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
By the power of light!
The Deadshot story continues to be visually striking with pencils by Victor Bogdanovic and inks by Richard Friend that’ll make you go, “What who’s the artist?” The art is incredibly dark and moody, but also very capable at capturing intense violence and strong human emotion. Deadshot must take out a pretender who’s practically dressed just like him and the bloody, action-packed end is a sight to see. Writer Brian Buccellato reminds us this character is brutal, but also has a goodness he can’t deny all in this issue alone. Good stuff.
The Katana story has gotten all kinds of crazy with a rainbow entity flying around and plenty of Kobra to kill. Frankly though, the best bits are when the Suicide Squad show up, as they make all this action fun–especially Harley who has a cool shaggy hair look. And that’s the thing, this climactic end is action-packed and in some ways feels cosmic while doing it. Writer Mike W. Barr adds just enough violence at the end of Katana’s blade to make her villainous, but for the most part she’s a good guy through and through here. I suppose that happens when cutting your opponent means cutting through light.
The pencils by Diogenes Neves are good too, with some nice crosshatching on the opening full page splash to show tiny details in a closeup. Though much of the Katana story takes place in a bunker, Neves’ pencils make the action feel event level big. The flying energy could have easily come off as Dazzler level stupid, but they look good and more importantly believable.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The Katana portion continues to grate on me in large part because the character seems subdued and uninteresting. If you had a person who knew nothing of the character read this they’d assume she is and always was a hero, which seems to be a big element missed.
While I enjoyed the Deadshot portion it does read as if it’s decompressed as it stretches the finale out a bit too much. It might be in part because the story seems to shift from scene to scene rather abruptly. I can’t pinpoint it exactly, but it might be the way the layouts are always bordered by black. Even the final scene, set during a bright sunny day, is cast in darkness as it swallows everything. It’s a style choice that doesn’t seem to fit exactly.
He’s a bad man.
Is It Good?
Aside from some minor quibbles this is a satisfying conclusion to a six part series that gives two usually minor characters the spotlight. It may not have quite achieved everything it set out to do, but each story is worth a look regardless for different reasons.