Friday, September 13, 2013

Deadshot #1


Deadshot just looks like he was wrapped up in an extension cord.

Deadshot became one of my favorite characters during John Ostrander's run of Suicide Squad in the 80s. That run is quite possibly my favorite run of any mainstream comic book ever. Shade the Changing Man (who was a member of the Squad for a short time) is my favorite Vertigo title of all time although, as a whole, it's hard to say it really competes with The Sandman. But what does, really? Gaiman lays down some epic shit across that series and its a very satisfying tale of a tragic hero. But Suicide Squad had some of the best characters in DC during the 80s. And they were mostly nobodies who were turned into interesting characters that you couldn't help caring about despite their myriad flaws. I suppose Writers would nod their heads arrogantly, take a puff from their pipes, and say, "Ah! It is exactly because of those flaws that they were interesting!" But fuck Writers! What do they know?! Being all published and finishing stories and shit. La dee fucking da! You're so Goddamned artistic, aren't you!?

Deadshot is once again in the Suicide Squad but he's totally different now because he doesn't have a mustache. Plus he's been killed a couple of times as well because the Suicide Squad was able to resurrect its members for awhile which completely fucked up the tension and the reason for the fucking team in the first place. God. Who is editing things at DC right now? Do you understand storytelling at all?!


See? No mustache. Unrecognizable.

Who at DC objected to Floyd Lawton wearing a mustache? Who thought, "His mustache was such a signature part of him in the Preboot Universe that he's practically unrecognizable without it, so it has to go!" Some editor must have nixed the 'stache because he'd been molested by a man with a mustache when he was younger. Not that I'm trying to be insensitive to people who were molested by men with mustaches! I'm just saying, "What's the big fucking deal with a mustache? Why couldn't he keep it?" It strikes me as odd, is all.

Deadshot doesn't wonder "Why me?" anymore because he's become enlightened. There is no reason to it. None of it! Any of it! It isn't depressing to find out this truth. It's liberating! You have no obligation to the Universe! If you want to be a sociopath and a murderer for hire, go for it! It's all the same!

Well. Actually, it isn't all the same. I feel you may not have an obligation to the Universe, but we all have an obligation to our fellow human beings and other creatures that share this world with us. The next time you're thinking about smashing that spider on the wall, just remember that you're ending its only existence. You're taking everything--EVERYTHING--away from it because you're too fearful or lazy to knock it into a cup and toss it outside. We all just have the once chance to experience, to live, to enjoy this crazy ass wonder of an accident, so don't go around fucking it up for other people, okay? Stop being an asshole. Unless the person you're being an asshole to is Scott Lobdell. He kind of deserves it because he's being a gigantic asshole to all of DC's fans by not taking his job as a Writer seriously. Stop phoning it in, lazy bones! Amaze us with a great story!

Wow. That felt good! I haven't digressed into a Scott Lobdell rant in too long!

As Floyd jumps out of an airplane to perform a two million dollar hit, he reminisces about how he grew up in a poor family and what he would have been like if he were born into a rich family. I know what that would have been like! Everything would have been the same except he would have a mustache!


I told you! Mustache!

What happened in this Reboot Earth Prime? Floyd Lawton's mother, father, and sister were gunned down by bullets coming through the wall of their apartment from a conflict next door. Lawton survived without injury. Surviving something like that causes a person to look for reason and order to the universe. There must be a reason they survived. This is a bit like the way Captain Atom #3 began! That was the only part of that series that I liked and I wish the entire series had been based around Captain Atom's quest for meaning in the universe and why he survived and was given Godlike powers. But J.T. Krul couldn't recognize a good idea if he was giving it a rimjob. So the only good part of Captain Atom was discarded for stupid bullshit.

My friend Bob (who I've mentioned before and quite recently! You're not going to keep getting this free advertising from me for long, Bob!) has a pretty nasty case of survivor's guilt himself. Five men were blown up in a humvee when it hit an IED in Iraq. He was the only survivor. Before this time, he was an atheist. But now he believes God saved him for a reason. And he also believes in the war effort. Because he has to believe these things. The only way he can manage what happened to his army buddies is to believe that they did not die from a random, tragic event. He can't believe that their spirits don't somehow live on and he just, randomly, chaotically, got lucky and survived. He needs to believe in something more to make sense of what happened to him and his pals. I understand that. I think he's deluding himself. But I understand it.

Floyd was also reformed by his tragedy. Who would he have been? It doesn't matter now. Because the tragedy is what happened on life's Random Event Table. Snake eyes. Disaster. Bad fortune.


I wonder what kind of comic book he would have drawn if his family hadn't been slaughtered? Oh stop with the What Ifs already! What if nobody ever asked what if?

In revenge, Floyd finds meaning. After his family was shot by random bullets from a gangland murder, he decides to never waste bullets. After the money was left just to make a point, he decides he will never waste money. He also decides to keep a journal of all the people he's killed and how much he was paid for each hit which kind of seems like a bad idea but it's some sort of philosophical bullshit for Floyd. I suppose I shouldn't knock it if it's making him feel better. Although I imagine it's going to betray him and just get him thrown in jail for life!

But then the survivor's guilt also bestowed upon Floyd a death wish too. So he probably just wants to get caught. He deserves to get caught. He deserves to die for living when his sister and parents couldn't.

Currently Deadshot is back to doing paid hits instead of working with the Suicide Squad because The Crime Syndicate has shut down Belle Reve. The Suicide Squad has been disbanded and he's got nothing better to do than, once again, kill people for money. Enh, it passes the time, I guess. I write stupid commentaries on comic books; he shoots people in the face. Pohtayto, Pahtahto.

Deadshot's victim today is the man that paid the two men to perform the hit that wound up killing his family. Which he does with a difficult shot made easy. But the guy's son is watching from the shadows.


This shot is exactly opposite the shot that killed this boy's father.

After Deadshot's finished with his job, he gets a call from Amanda Waller. She's trapped in Belle Reve and she needs help from the Squad. She needs Deadshot to get the gang together and come to the rescue. And she gives Deadshot ten million reasons to save her ass. Dollars! Not actual reasons! These comic books are only twenty pages long, you know.

Deadshot #1 Rating: So far, this is the best Villains Month issue I've read. It doesn't just give a run of the mill origin story or a tale about how a character came to be where they are. It gives reasons for Lawton being who he is. This issue explains Lawton and his motivations. That's what I've been expecting out of these Villains Month books. It's why I liked Cyborg Superman so much. This issue also continues the story of the Suicide Squad so that it's almost like the Squad isn't missing out on a month of comic books. The story ties directly in to Forever Evil and the next issue of the Suicide Squad. So it's well done on many fronts. Plus, I love Deadshot. So I'm full of gooey, delicious bias.

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