Tuesday, July 22, 2008

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After "Batman- Goth Knight" I can't help but feel a little treppadacious about my interest in Deadshot. After all, if part of the appeal of the character is his general underexposure, having him in a DVD spin-off to a big budget overrated overhyped big big big ass movie is only going to make people more aware of his existence in the DC universe, and his being a character who just shoot guns and looks cool, the danger of his becoming known to more than just a select few nerds like me...As a friend of mine pointed out, a bad movie appearance can totally kill a good comic book character. Judge Dredd was one of the great sorta postpunk UK comics of the 1980s, but after the substellar (hell, subadequate) Stallone flick (and some comic page overexposure, including a most questionable Batman crossover), nobody cared anymore. Ditto "Tank Girl," which was one of the sassier and more stylish indie comics of the 80s, totally wiped off the map by the unpopular film starring Lori Petty, Naomi Watts and Ice-T as a Kangaroo Man (I liked it, but I'm in the minority, and I even I'll admit it's pretty bad. Actually, I feel pretty much the same way about the "Judge Dredd" movie). So, yeah, what was I talking about?

Anyway, here are some scans from Deadshot's return to the Suicide Squad series in issue 34, basically a year after his last appearance. Still in the insane asylum after his assassination of a corrupt politician in issue 24, team leader Bronze Tiger recruits him to help rescue some of the teammates from Darkseid on Apokalyps in a cool New Gods-Forever People (all Jack Kirby characters) crossover. This lasted through issue 36, with art by John K Snyder III and inks by Geof Isherwood. Luke McDonnell returns as artist for issue 39, with Isherwood still on inks, after which Isherwood took over as main artist of the series for several issues, alternating with McDonnell.

John K Snyder III got his start on the Eclipse title "Scout" with Tim Truman in the mid-1980s, going on to work on Truman's "the Prowler" and Matt Wagner's "Grendel," both also at Eclipse. "Suicide Squad" was his first work for DC, and relatively rare mainstream work for the author, who did an occasional issue for DC or Marvel here and there but has mostly worked on indie titles. His most recent work includes the cover art for DC's "Suicide Squad" revival "Raise the Flag" (yes, featuring Deadshot, we'll get to it eventually).

Isherwood started at Marvel in 1984, mostly working on Conan and Conan-related titles, as well as the occasional issue of "Power Man & Iron Fist," "Daredevil" or "Thor," as well as the "New Universe" titles "Justice" and "Star Brand." He also was inker for many issues of Marvel's non-superhero war title "The 'Nam." Suicide Squad 33, in 1989, was his first work for DC, and he continued to work for both companies throughout the 1990s, which included a long run on "Dr. Strange," then "Namor" (for some reason I almost just wrote 'Booger' instead of 'Namor,' don't ask me why) and eventually more "Conan" for Marvel. As of the 2000s he seems to have mostly retired from comics...I like Isherwood's work quite a bit, it's got kind of a cool Gene Colan quality to it, very atmospheric...

Anyway, enjoy...

Issue 34, written by John Ostrander and Kim Yale, art by John K Snyder III & Geof Isherwood...
Issue 36, written by Ostrander & Yale, art by Snyder & Isherwood...


Issue 39, written by Ostrander & Yale, art by Isherwood...


Issue 40, written by Ostrander & Yale, art by Isherwood...

Issue 41, written by Ostrander & Yale, art by Isherwood...

More to come...

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