One of my favourite comic book characters of all time is Deadshot. A dude who can shoot really well and rarely misses, that is a superpower you can build a franchise around. Recently I purchased The Deadshot collected book Bulletproof, or as the main story is called “Urban Renewal” written by Christos N. Gage and art by Jimmy Palmiotti and Phil Winslade. This is another case myself being more interested in the character then the creative pair, but I will be honest with you, the fact that Christos N. Gage had wrote it is a boon. He, along with Mike Costa wrote some of the best G.I.Joe comics this side of Larry Hama in the form of the book Cobra. It was the serious take on G.I.Joe that the fans had clamoured for and it deserves to be checked out. But I’m going off on a tangent.
Comic books, as it has been said many a time before is a visual medium, so the emphasis is on both showing and telling at the same time. You show the medal while talking about it, you show some one’s angst while having them pleading with some one. In the third issue of Urban Renewal, Deadshot takes on the Green Arrow, who I guess you could call each other archnemsis by this point, because Deadshot has spent more time with Arrow than Batman, not that I think Batman really cares because it free up his time to punch out the clinically insane. Sorry another tangent.
The third issue is perhaps the best because it is a fight between two people who rarely miss, and that’s where it gets interesting. There is so much action on the page that you can miss small details. Deadshot’s bullet taking out the bow string of GA bow for example, or Arrow taking out one of Deadshot’s pistols. The entire mini series is example of brilliant writing and artwork meshing really well together. The artwork is clear, crisp and kinetic and the story isn’t too shabby either. It’s basically Deadshot finding out he has a daughter and then trying his best to clean up the area they live in and go straight.
If you’re a person who wants to write comics, then check out issue three of Urban renewal as an example of how to work in little details during a one on one fight that’s engrossing because of what you can miss when you read it. The book can be found on amazon, or hopefully your local comic store.