"Urban Renewal, Part One: Strings"
Writer: Christos N. Gage
Artists: Steven Cummings (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i)
Publisher: D.C. Comics
After watching Deadshot pull off a hit that brings him into conflict with a small army of guards that are suited up in Rocket Red armor, we see Deadshot is made aware of the fact that he's got a daughter. However, when he discovers his child is being raised in a crime infested neighbourhood, and that the mother isn't interested in using his dirty money to improve his child's living conditions, we see Deadshot moves on to plan B to better his daughter's life.
I'm a huge fan of Deadshot thanks largely to his lengthy stint in Suicide Squad, and I'm happy to see him get a moment in the spotlight, that will hopefully push him back on the list of characters that DC writers want to make use of, as he's spent far too long in comic book limbo. I'll also give Christos N. Gage full credit for getting the themes that drive the character, as there's a great moment where Deadshot is question about his death wish, and his response nicely details why he's still alive and killing in spite of his death wish. There's also a number of little moments that acknowledge elements of the character's past that sure to be appreciated by long-time fans of the character, with his heated exchange with Firebug being a nice little moment where we see he is capable of expressing emotion. However, I'm not quite sold on the main plot that looks to be driving this arc, as Deadshot discovers he has a daughter, and after discovering that she lives in a crime infested neighbourhood, and that the mother has no intention of moving, Deadshot decides to make the neighbourhood crime free. Now this plot does nicely play to Deadshot's past behaviour, as it has been established that he's driven to be a better father to his children that his parents were to him, and his past failure would make him even more determined to succeed this time. However, watching Deadshot do battle with a number of generic thugs doesn't exactly convey excitement, but perhaps next issue's visit by Green Arrow will add some life to this plot.
Before I start to discuss the interior art I have to say it's great to see Mike Zeck providing the cover art, as I consider him to be the best cover artists in the industry, and I'm delighted to see him making a return. Plus the cover does serve to give us a good look at Deadshot's new costume design, and while I like the more functional elements, I have to say I'm glad to see the most engaging element of the original design was left untouched, as I love the character's distinctive mask design. As for the interior art, Steven Cummings turns in a pretty impressive show, as the action that opens the issue has a nice flow to it, and the closing bit of action perfectly captures character's willingness to do whatever it takes to win a battle. The last page shot of the character is also a lovely image to close the issue. There's also a number of cute little moments in the background, such as Killer Frost's response the Firebug's unheard comments.
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