Trading in Devils
Written By: Brian Buccellato and Mike W. Barr
Art By: Viktor Bogdanovic and Diogenes Neves
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 27, 2016
Well, it’s time for the next chapter in our tales of the Suicide Squad… Now with the Squad included. Both issues ended with our titular characters in pretty deep pickles. Katana teams up with the Squad as they try to take back Castle Markov which unfortunately is still being held by Kobra forces. While they were able to take on a large number of soldiers, Kobra's secret weapon, unfortunately, throws a wrench in their plans and has them captured. Meanwhile, Floyd Lawton found himself at the wrong end of ARGUS' guns as they come in to punish him for disobeying orders. The Squad tries their best, but unfortunately, they are taken down with ease. Harley is able to talk him down... but it leads to him getting shot by Will Evans. In the end, while he isn't killed, the shot will keep him out of the action, meaning it's time for a new Deadshot.
So how will they our samurai get out of this situation? How will Will do as our new Deadshot? Let's dive in and find out...
Deadshot: Wrong Man
Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Viktor Bogdanovic, Richard Friend, Michael Spicer
Our all new, all different Deadshot is on a mission with the Squad as they crash a drug empire party, with the intent of capturing the board members. However our new sharpshooter has a past relationship with the empire, and he has different plans. Very bloody plans. Will Evans is a lot more brutal than Floyd Lawton as Deadshot, but brutality doesn't make a character. It just seems like a straight path with the guy, and I just find him boring, even if he is gunning down dozens of drug lords. Sadly he’s not the only character I couldn’t help but be annoyed by… Amanda Waller. I get the point of this issue was to show that Evans was not a good pick for the Squad… But this issue dumbs down her character to the point where it makes her look inexperienced. The art is great, as expected with the team, but this has to be the weakest part of Deadshot's story, and hopefully next time we get our favorite sharpshooter back.
Katana: The Fall of Castle Markov
Written by: Mike W. Barr
Art by: Diogenes Neves
This issue we find our freedom fighting samurai lead the Suicide Squad in an escape from Castle Markov, now under the control of King Kobra. While they escape successfully, they are left starting basically from square one, which has Katana doing something that was legitimately interesting… But also, make her look a little villainous. For the first time since the start of this series, there’s actually SOMETHING that makes Katana an interesting character. While I always knew her husband was in her blade, she actually can talk to the spirits in the blade and release them if she pleases. It’s a cool way to show the power of the Soultaker and with the excellent art of Neves, it makes the scene look cool as it sounds. Speaking of the art, Neves once again brings his A-game. This rendition of the movie Katana looks friggin' amazing! In the end, I can only hope the story continues to go up with the quality of art.
Bits and Pieces
While the Katana story has actually improved since the last chapter, Deadshot’s falls a little behind due to the fact that our favorite sharpshooter was left on the sidelines. Katana's story now is full of Squad action, and actually had a moment of character for our Samurai that I openly welcome. While that fun was there in Deadshot's, the characters of Amanda Waller and Will Evans really brought down the usually comic-carrying half. For the first time in this series, both halves of the comic held each other up and show promise as we head towards the finales.