Monday, March 30, 2020

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot #2 (2016) Review


Writer: Brian Buccellato
Pencis: Viktor Bogdanovic
Inks: Richard Friend
Color: Michael Spicer
Letter: Clem Robins
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: February 24, 2016

While the books are shut down due to COVID-19 I'll be doing weeky "retro reviews" again. At least for the time being while I can and I'm not infected with the virus.

I plan on getting more retro and going back further in time after this one, but I recently read Deadshot's "Suicide Squad Most Wanted" story from 2016 collected into a graphic novel and really wanted to review the second issue because I liked it so much. The actual issue initially released has a Katana story in the first half, but I'll just be covering the Deadshot portion.

In the first issue of the miniseries, Floyd found out his father is dying and abandons a Suicide Squad mission so he can kill his father before his illness does. But Floyd is too valuable for Waller to just blow his head off. She needs him, but her thumb is on the button.

While Floyd walks up to his father's mansion, we get his "backstory".

But it wasn't actually his backstory! He admits to us, the readers, that he stole it from somebody else he met while he was in prison.

What really happened was that his father was a drunk, his mother let his father abuse him and his brother, and they both loved his brother Eddie more than him.

His father's drinking kept getting worse and worse. More drinking and more beatings. One day, dear old dad took it too far and beat the snot out of Eddie.

So Floyd took it into his own hands. He took one of his father's guns, climbed the tree outside of Eddie's room while his dad was in there, and took a shot at his old man's hands.

But he missed...

That day Floyd promised that he would never miss a shot and that if he ever saw his father again he'd kill him. And now he's in father's house while he's dying.

While Floyd confronts his mother and she says how much she hates him for killing Eddie, his father flatlines and he's unable to kill his father first.

But that doesn't mean he's not killing a parent tonight.

He asks her why she never protected them from their father. You're supposed to protect your children. She answers saying that he's not her son; that he killed her son.He tells her that she's the one who showed him the guns and gave him the combination to the safe, almost like she wanted him to kill his father but was too much of a coward to do it herself. That's when she calls him the coward and says "You're nothing!"

So he kills her. And on his way out he sees a picture of his daughter Suchin, who he didn't even realize that they knew existed.

Meanwhile, Waller is getting the Squad together to go get Floyd back.

Bits and Pieces

The art in this is so great and the story is great too. Deadshot has become probably my favorite villain and one of my favorite characters these last few years, and I thought that this really captured his character, his mental problems, and his pure brutality. The Weird Science score for this issue when it came out was a 4.5, and I don't get it. I loved it.


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