Deadshot #4 Review

Reviewer: Mathan “Floyd?” Erhardt
Story Title: Part Four: Bulletproof.

Written by: Christos N. Gage
Penciled by: Steven Cummings
Inked by: Jimmy Palmiotti
Lettered by: Jared K Fletcher
Colored by: James Sinclair
Editor: Joey Cavalieri
Publisher: DC Comics

This issue begins with Deadshot facing down Closer in the park. There is a lot of shooting and destruction. Deadshot manages to defeat his foe in a very inventive manner. Michelle, the mother of Floyd’s daughter, comes to his aid at the end of the fight and helps him home.

Floyd and Michelle then discuss the future; she wants him to quit “the life.” He’s reluctant to because he doesn’t have any other skills besides, well, killing. Floyd goes for a walk and resists the temptation to steal. Then he goes and gives Green Arrow an assist, and tells Green Arrow to keep an eye on the Triangle, the neighborhood where Floyd’s daughter lives, for him.

Floyd then goes to talk to Detective Forbes, a moderately crooked cop. Floyd convinces him keep it on the straight and narrow. Floyd then goes back to Michelle and Zoe tells them that he’s going to try to correct his ways.

Unfortunately for Floyd the three gangs that he cleared out of the Triangle are looking for revenge. The enlist Firebug to help them. But Firebug has a huge surprise; some other villains have a bone to pick with Floyd and want in on the action. Let’s just say there are some very familiar faces in the crowd.

Gage has a knack for dialogue. His characters are very believable. Well except for Floyd. I find it hard to believe that Floyd would give up the life. The story is just a bit unbelievable, for my tastes. I’m also curious why Ollie is so kosher with Floyd. I guess.

Cummings and Palmiotti make the book look great. Floyd looks worse for the wear after his battle with Closer, and the destruction that they do is very impressive. They also do great things with facial expressions. The body language between Michelle and Floyd is just excellent.

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