Saturday, July 19, 2008

the everyday tedium drags on and on and on and on...

Some images from two more issues of Suicide Squad, featuring Deadshot. Issue 22 has the character assassinating a corrupt politician, leading to a kind of psychotic break that has him sidelined for a while. After issue 23, which ties up a few loose ends, the character didn't show up again for about a year.
By the way, I guess that Deadshot is a villain in the new direct-to-DVD Batman cartoon, Gotham Knight. I don't have very high hopes for this one. Although DC-comics related animation tends to be pretty great (see Batman- the Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, Justice League- the New Frontier), this I think is more of a tie-in with the new live-action movie, which I haven't seen yet (I didn't think to order my tickets a month in advance, which apparently you had to do to see this flick in the first week or something, I don't even know, I don't know why anyone would do that for a film that's showing, y'know, more than once, but whatever), but if it's anything like the last Batman movie, it'll be dull, self-important, aesthetically unappealing, overly violent, joyless, soulless and overrated. Which is to say, barf city.
Anyway, I hope everyone's enjoying these Deadshot scans. I haven't gotten much feedback on them. Personally, aside from just digging these comics and this character, am very into Luke McDonell's art, it's kind of block and dynamic in a Kirby-like way, but it's also nicely expressive, ala Kevin Maguire. I'm not sure who I'd compare it to more directly, maybe Alex Toth but a bit more jagged. Anyway, I dig it. McDonnell started at Marvel in the early 1980s before moving over to DC. He was the last artist on the original Justice League of America series (with JM DeMatteis as writer). After Suicide Squad 24 he took a break to draw DC's short-lived revival of The Phantom, then returned to SS with issue 35. After Suicide Squad ended in 1991, he continued working in comics, mostly at DC, for another few years, but seems to have moved in around the mid-1990s (after drawing a couple of issues of that comic they used to give away at Bob's Big Boy). Anyway, here's the comics...

Issue 22, written by John Ostrander, art (& cover) by Luke McDonnell & Karl Kesel...





Issue 23, written by John Ostrander & Kim Yale, art by Luke McDonnell & Karl Kesel...


Issue 23 (above) also wraps up the unfortunately underdeveloped subplot of Deadshot's relationship with his psychiatrist, who disappears after this one. I'm curious if there was some intention for a Deadshot solo book at this point, everything in this issue and the last seems to be clearing the way for one. And they certainly didn't do anything else with him during the character's hiatus, but that's sort of the charm of Deadshot, that no one's every really latched onto him, creatively, aside from John Ostrander, he has a lot of potential that's never been explored, and unlike many similar characters, he's never been overused...
Anyway, more to come, if you're lucky...

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