Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot & Katana #6 Review

Rainbows and Bloodshed

Written By: Brian Buccellato and Mike W. Barr
Art By: Viktor Bogdanovic and Diogenes Neves
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: June 22, 2016

Well, it's been a long war, but its time for things to come to a close. The last time saw our sword wielding warrior of virtue, Katana had learned what Kobra was trying to harness as a weapon: The Aurakale! He used these colorful beings to create the metahuman Halo! Deadshot, on the other hand, learned that his replacement had kidnapped his daughter and has challenged him to a duel to see who is the better Deadshot. While it's made perfectly obvious that this comic was made just to boost interest for the movie, I won't say that it's completely a waste of space sell out. There were fun action scenes in Katana's half of the book while Deadshot's story alone carried the series. So does this series close properly or will it fall back into the trope of lame sell out issues? Let's find out...

Katana: Death and Redemption
Written by: Mike W. Barr
Art by: Diogenes Neves

Katana and Kobra have to put their differences aside and team up as the Aurakale turn their sights on them. Meanwhile the rest of the Squad is trying to figure out a way to get off this crazy mothership as it begins to crash due to Prince Markov's forces. Art wise, Neves brings his A-game with the designs of the characters and Kobra Base, along with the colorists making the Aurakale looking damn beautiful to look at...That being said the story just didn't sit well with me. We're supposed to be rooting for Katana, but what she does in this issue doesn't fit into the heroic category, and by extension, sensible. I don't know how the Aurakale work, but would they really be afraid of the fact that a human woman whose sword can't hurt them is threatening their sister trapped inside another human? Or how about Katana acting surprised about Kobra and Naja's betrayal when they were right next to her when they said they would?! Inconsistencies and ludicrous actions just brought the whole thing down for me, and really brought this arc down as a whole.


Deadshot: Night of the Hunter
Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Viktor Bogdanovic, Richard Friend, Michael Spicer

Lawton gets challenged to a duel by Will Evans for the true title of Deadshot. If he doesn't follow the rules, he will kill his daughter. That's basically the whole story of the issue, but hot damn is it a good one. The duel takes place on an abandoned lighthouse island with a forest, making the whole scenario feel like the Most Dangerous Game, and the way each character plays it fits what we've learned over the series. Will is a sniper who feels that there are rules and regulations to this game; an unseen order. Lawton knows better and cheats to gain the upper hand. I won't say how because it's something that really should be read. The art team is able to pull out a great looking final issue, especially during the duel. This story has proven time and time again it can carry the book, and it proved it one last time here.


Bits and Pieces:
Well as far as conclusions go, this one is down the middle. What I mean by that is that Deadshot's story did really well wrapping things up in a kickass way, while Katana left me wanting more explanations and fights with the Squad. Despite the story complaints, both stories had great art, with props to Katana's Colorists for making the Aurakale and Halo's powers look so beautiful. I only wish that they just sold the Deadshot story instead of both...

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