Saturday, January 30, 2016

Suicide Squad's Deadshot and Katana Enter the Age of Chaos


No one will be surprised to see a new Suicide Squad comic book hitting the shelves. The movie is only a few months away and the promotional machine is charged up and plowing along. One of the new comic book tie-ins to help whip everyone into a frenzy is Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana. The first issue establishes that the limited title will be made up of two separate tales in which each character experiences their own adventures.

The first part of Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #1 has Floyd Lawton on the run, taking on a series of new contracts, and re-establishing himself as the world’s most deadly marksman. But things are about to get complicated for our anti-hero when a figure from his past threatens to expose a dark secret…and Deadshot gets word of his next target: Lex Luthor!

Writer Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics, The Flash) does a wonderful job engaging readers in a story that has Deadshot doing what he does best, but with the pain of an unwanted partner. Artist Viktor Bogdanovich (Batman: Arkham Knight) highlights all the violent and gory acts committed in his very own unique detail.

Part two of issue #1 opens with Katana needing to know more about Soultaker’s origin if she’s going to have any hope of controlling the sword instead of falling under its influence. Dr. Helga Jace, a Markovian astrophysicist, may be able to shed some light—but before Katana can get the info, Kobra’s forces attack!

Katana’s Co-creator Mike W. Barr returns to steer his creation into new exploits. It should come as no surprise that he’s very aware of what makes the character tick and how to make her attractive to an audience. Diogenes Neves (Demon Knights, Green Lantern) lends his ample artistic talents to the pages and panels of Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #1.

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #1 is rated T for Teen. It contains violence and gore, profanity, adult situations, and frightening and intense sequences. Deadshot hits his targets right between the eyes and penciler Bogdanovich illustrated Buccellato’s narrative perfectly. Colorist Michael Spicer does his very best to accent each splash of blood.

It’s nice to be able to enjoy some Suicide Squad characters without the shadow of Harley Quinn clouding everything up. The two stories featured here give readers variety when it comes to their settings and characters. Both Katana and Deadshot let tragedy forge their paths in life, but their journeys are very different. Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #1 is an explosive beginning to what looks to be an addictive six-part miniseries.

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #1 is available now in print and digital editions.

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