Justice League of America #7.1





Release date

September 4, 2013
Really, it comes down to execution and how much you want from a one-off such as this. The execution is there in how it brings out some sympathy for a character that is a stone cold killer and even pulls you into appreciating his craft, given how badass he is while performing it.
While this story leapfrogs from the past to present day, including the tie in to Forever Evil, it gives a great background into Deadshots transformation, from kid, to killer to assassin for hire.
8.5 out of 10
I highly recommend Justice League of America #7.1: Deadshot to anyone looking at Villains Month as a time to try out new books & characters.
Forever Evil has gotten off to a good start, let’s hope Johns can keep it up, and this is more of a Sinestro Corps War than a Blackest Night, he’s got to do a good job, this is as I said, the first big DC event since Flashpoint, they need to make it count.
This issue sold me on Kindt taking on Suicide Squad. His Deadshot is spot on, a cold and calculated son of a bitch, who gets the job done. This was the best Deadshot I've read since some of the early Secret Six issues, like the one where he's having a crisis of conscious or something and is talking to a priest he knows. The moment where I knew Kindt got him? When Deadshot killed his target's son, so there wouldn't be someone like him looking for revenge. As grim and disgusting as that act is, it's perfect Deadshot.
3.5 out of 5 stars
"Justice League of America" #7.1 works well as a preview for Kindt's taking over of "Suicide Squad" next month; not only does this lead directly into "Suicide Squad" #24, but it also gives me hope that the book will be in good hands. And for that alone, I'd say mission accomplished.
5 out of 5 stars
I was very skeptical about DC diving back into Deadshot's origin. It was superb as is and I couldn't help but wonder if they'd rehash it or take a risk and offer something new. They went for the latter (for the most part), but Kindt did a fantastic job creating a bleak and quite shocking story for the marksman.
Grade: B-
The focus on the psychology of the character coupled with several new elements that play right around it manage to make this issue quite enjoyable despite the rapidity the story switch from one era to another and some of the small missteps in the art. Overall, it’s not a bad start for Matt Kindt writing this character.
7.5 out of 10
This Deadshot one-shot (no pun) is certainly a decent and interesting story, plus origin. It reads well and seems like it is setting things in place for the new writer of Suicide Squad, but that’s it. Worth checking out if you are fan, but you probably wouldn’t be missing much if you just waited until the trade came out that had this issue in it.
8 out of 10
Sure, Deadshot is another villain driven by revenge and tragedy but Kindt is able to really pinpoint the style and grace that gives this character texture. Artist Pasqual Ferry is able to render the failed-artist-turned-assassin in a clean style that is cartoonishly bold and clean without the exaggerations and goofiness.