“The shocking death of Deadshot!” blared the very first line in the official summary of Suicide Squad #9, revealed months ago by DC Comics.
So don’t yell at me about spoilers.
If you haven’t checked in with Suicide Squad lately, the comic has been going very strong, with crisp, eye-popping art, a lineup of very cool new characters, an interesting new direction for the squad, and, of course, Deadshot and Harley Quinn, the team’s most consistent modern members.
Until now, that is. Over the last few issues, after finding out that he’d actually commuted all of his prison time and was technically a free man, Deadshot has been toying with the idea of retiring from life as a contract killer. But he keeps getting pulled back into the adventure by his new teammates, a bunch of anti-capitalist, anti-colonialist, anti-fascist revolutionaries. And we all know how the fabled One Last Mission always turns out, don’t we?
What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor enjoyed this past week. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” There may be some spoilers. There may not be enough context. If you missed the last one, read this.
Suicide Squad #9
I won’t tell you how Deadshot bites it, but it has something to do with seeing right through a bad guy’s attempt to disguise himself as Superman. Remember: Just because he’s not Superman, doesn’t mean he’s not armed!
I’ll say this about J.J. Abrams & Son Spider-Man: Sara Pichelli is producing creepier visuals than many explicit horror comics I’ve read. Eugh.
Wynd continues to see James Tynion and Michael Dialynas at their best, the duo delivering a rich fantasy world building built around teens struggling with identity. The book is playing with numerous themes of queer recognition, but not in a way that preaches, using both a magical metaphor for outsider status (weirdblood) and young characters exploring their first queer crushes.
Do I know much about Juggernaut? No. He’s Professor X’s shitty stepbrother who got a magic gem that made him a supervillain. Did I like the first issue of his new miniseries? Yes. I thought it was neat.
Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #13
Can’t wait for the third season of the Harley Quinn animated series? Well, for a dollar you can get Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #13 on Comixology, which is written by one of the show’s co-creators. It’s delightful, and you can 100% hear Bane’s voice actor read all of these lines.
“Man,” I thought to myself this week, “Al Ewing really nailed threading Krakoa stuff into the wider Marvel setting in Immortal She-Hulk, I wish he could have more opportunities to write the X-Men.” And then Marvel announced he’s getting his own Dawn of X title. Sign me right up.