I skipped Darkseid in favor of Deadshot for this review because, honestly, I liked this book a lot more, and after the incredible Forever Evil #1, I felt like giving this entire effort from DC another positive nod, particularly in light of all the editorial disasters that are taking place at DC right now. Despite all of the creator-related drama, DC have managed to put together quite the event this month so far, and Deadshot is a good example of that.
Matt Kindt is writing numerous books this month, but he managed to deliver a great origin story here, and a really nice setup plot leading back in to next month's Suicide Squad #24, which will be a Forever Evil tie-in. In this issue we find out why Deadshot does what he does, how he was 'made' and what it is that drives him to be so efficient at what he does.
The art is delivered by two separate teams, one for the sequences that take place in the present, and another for those that take place in the past. I've missed Sami Basri's art on Voodoo since that book was canceled, so it's nice to see him back here on Deadshot for the present sequences, though I have to admit, his art looks rushed here, and lacks any detail that would have helped the weak character drawings. His Amanda Waller looks great, but that only accounts for a few panels of his work on this book.
The past sequences delivered by Carmen Carnero, BIT, Jeromy Cox and Dezi Sienty however really helped make this book for me. Particularly the initial origin sequence in which Floyd Lawton's family is mercilessly gunned down. The visual storytelling matches pace with Kindt's writing here in lockstep, and delivers a powerful scene that gives real understanding to who Floyd Lawton is, and how he came to be Deadshot. While it may be a little bit corny, Deadshot's origin is well told here, and a true understanding of the character's motivations are gained, and that's the whole point of an origin retelling.
I've liked Matt Kindt's limited comic book work so far, and this is another feather in his cap in my eyes, a great book to start off Villains Month with.