By Gene Luen Yang, Viktor Bogdanovic & Hi-Fi
There is something to be said for the subtle art of defying expectations. When New Super-Man was first announced as part of DC’s Rebirth initiative, reaction was mixed. On the one hand, it was positive news that acclaimed creator Gene Luen Yang would be able to branch out with a series more independent from the larger DC Universe. On the negative side of the ledger, the concept sounded a little derivative. A Chinese Super-Man joining a Chinese Justice League? Did the DCU really need yet another iteration of Batman? Luckily these fears proved to be ungrounded. In the first four issues, Yang did a fabulous job of developing the cast, so the principles do in fact feel like original characters instead of superficial riffs. The series quickly settled into an appealing mix of humor and adventure, as Kenan (i.e. the titular new Super-Man) tried to negotiate his powers and the responsibilities that came with them. This week Yang bring to the fore a couple subplots which complicate the narrative in a surprising and intriguing manner.
By Brian Buccellato, Mike W Barr, Viktor Bogdanovic, Diogenes Neves, Michael Spicer & Carrie Strachan
DC’s nostalgia tinged rollout of new mini-series continues this week with a spotlight for classic Suicide Squad member Deadshot and recent film addition Katana. Most Wanted features the initial chapters in two serials, each one centering one of the title characters. First up is Deadshot, whose tale opens in a South American country. Squad director Amanda Waller has sent Deadshot after the head of a local cartel and Deadshot succeeds in leveling the hideout with his typical efficiency. Though failing to find the boss himself, he does secure information on his possible location. Writer Brian Buccellato and artist Viktor Bogdanovic hit the usual beats with Floyd Lawton without making the sequence especially striking. This vibe, more or less, carries over through the rest of the comic.