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Kneeling, Harley Quinn holds Deadshot’s bloody mask, on the cover of Suicide Squad #9, DC Comics (2020). Image: Bruno Redondo/DC Comics

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Deadshot fired his last shot for the Suicide Squad

I mean there’s a reason they call it that

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

“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

Deadshot deduces that he’s talking to someone disguised as Superman, not the actual Superman, in Suicide Squad #9, DC Comics (2020). Image: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo/DC Comics

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!

X of Swords: Creation

Apocalypse’s first horsemen, decked out in ancient Egyptian style, a mummified sun-headed archer, a flame faced figure with a blazing sword, a jackal-headed god with a scythe, and an Egyptian death masked man with a scale, in X of Swords: Creation, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, Pepe Larraz/Marvel Comics

X of Swords: Creation kicked off the first crossover of the Dawn of X era. I talked about it a lot in our review, but I’d just like to reiterate: These Pepe Larraz designs slap hard.

Spider-Man #4

“This is a bit awkward. I’m very naked,” says Peter Parker. He is indeed naked, emaciated, with a coil of dozens of red tubes connected somehow to his belly, as he is operated on by the spindly-limbed, scale-skinned spider-human hybrid, in Spider-Man #4, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: J.J. Abrams, Henry Abrams, Sara Pichelli/Marvel Comics

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 #4

“Oh, gross. Look at his ears!” Yorick points furiously at Wynd, “They’re pointy. He’s a weirdblood,” in Wynd #4, Boom Studios (2020). Image: James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas/Boom Studios

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.

Juggernaut #1

“Why won’t you stop?” a superpower-wielding teen asks Juggernaut. “Don’t know how,” he replies, in Juggernaut #1, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Fabian Nicieza, Ron Garney/Marvel Comics

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

In the Legion of Doom gym, Bane approaches Harley Quinn to commiserate over having a tough first day. She rejects his overtures. “You’re probably right,” he responds, “I almost started to Banesplain how this place works to you. It was presumptuous!” in Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #13, DC Comics (2020). Image: Patrick Schumacker, Eleonora Carlini/DC Comics

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.

Immortal She-Hulk

“Nice for some,” She-Hulk gruffs about mutatns finding safety from persecution on Krakoa. Wolverine points out that she might be a Hulk, but she’s also had years of being an adored Avenger. “Krakoa existing don’t affect you one bit — except for it’s a thing you can’t have,” he says, in Immortal She-Hulk, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Al Ewing, Jon Davis-Hunt/Marvel Comics

“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.


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