"Urban Renewal, Part Two: Neighborhood Watch"
Writer: Christos N. Gage
Pencils: Steven Cummings
Inks: Jimmy Palmiotti
Colors: James Sinclair
Publisher: D.C. Comics
As Deadshot continues his bid to make his child's environment a safer place by killing off all the criminals who attempt to set up shop in the neighbourhood, we see Deadshot's efforts earn him the attention of the criminal community who are puzzled by his behaviour. However, when they figure out why he's protecting this neighbourhood they attempt to reign in Deadshot by paying a visit to his child and her mother. Needless to say this proves to be a big mistake.
I'm a big fan of Deadshot thanks entirely to the character's time as a regular member of John Ostrander's "Suicide Squad", but truth be told while there's nothing terribly wrong with this miniseries, I have to say I'm starting to wonder if the character's appeal rested in his interaction with the rest of the cast than the actual character. Now I can remember how impressed I was by the first Deadshot miniseries, and I don't remember having any problems with the handful of solo missions that the character embarked on in the monthly series, but as I read this current miniseries and try and figure out what's missing from the equation, I have to say it's the other character's reacting to Deadshot's actions. I mean there's some nice scenes in this issue, as there's a cute moment where Deadshot gives his opponent one free shot, and there's also a chilling display where Deadshot demonstrates to a captive audience how many times the human body can be shot without dying, but in the end this is simply a series of little action movie moments than genuine character development. Now I won't deny that the final page development raised my interest level considerably, and there's a nice Dirty Harry style moment between Deadshot and a pair of dirty cops, but in the end this miniseries simply isn't grabbing my interest like I thought it would. I want to be singing this miniseries' praises to anyone who would listen, but in the end even as a devoted fan of the character, I have to concede that this outing is nothing more than a mildly enjoyable diversion.
Steven Cummings art does seem to be at odds with the darker tone of the material, as it's a bright, colourful style that has real difficulty selling the darker moments of the issue. I mean there's a scene where Deadshot is putting a good scare into a pair of dirty cops, and the art seems to of the mind that the intensity of this exchange is best served by a series of mundane visuals, rather than panels that would match the intensity of his comments. The scene where Deadshot tortures the dirty landlord was also a bit cartoonish, which doesn't really help to sell the more unsettling moments of this encounter. There's also a moment where Deadshot pumps a man full of bullets, and the art really struggles to capture the intensity of this sequence. I will give the art credit for it's work on the final page though, as it's a lovely action moment that manages to deftly carry readers into the next chapter.
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