Wednesday, July 9, 2008

...the pains that are withheld for me...

Did I say cry? I meant meditate on my awesome and prepare the next Deadshot post. Here are some images from Suicide Squad 9 & 10. Number nine is from DC's so-so 1987-88 crossover "Millennium," which had all their heroes (or this case, anti-heroes) facing off against alien Manhunter robots in the Louisiana swamp. Still, some good Deadshot moments in this one, including some nice verbal sparring with teammate Captain Boomerang (the series' comedy character relief, more or less). I also especially like the final panels, which just show the team as tired and solemn. Again, I think this serves as a nice- well, not nice, but, y'know, good- resonant, counterpoint to the more gung-ho action oriented media of the era (or now, for that matter). Issue ten, meanwhile, has Deadshot facing off against his ex-arch-nemesis Batman. Along with the deepening of Deadshot's character in the Suicide Squad series, John Ostrander added new dimensions to the Deadshot-Batman relationship, in particular the idea that Deadshot, perhaps subconsciously, lets Batman beat him over and over again, maybe out of some kind of respect, or envy, or maybe just part of his self-destructive streak. Whatever the reason, it's interesting, huh?

Issue 10, written by John Ostrander, art by Luke McDonnell & Bob Lewis, cover by Jerry Bingham...





Issue 10, written by Ostrander, art by McDonnell & Lewis...


Until next time, don't despair, it's only the end of the world...

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