Figured I’d piggy back on my earlier post about the Suicide Squad with these two issues of Detective Comics, both of which feature lower tier Bat-villain turned Squad mainstay (and personal favorite) Deadshot.

For a brief moment in time when I had money to spare and my town still had a comic book store, I went through a phase where I wanted to collect comic books that featured the villains as the focus as the cover. Primarily Batman, Spider Man, and Flash villains, because they always had the coolest looking ones. And obviously, as a man of spectacular taste, I only wanted the issues that had the coolest looking covers, so that once I had every villain I could frame them as a lot.

So, with that in mind, if I had to pick between these two variations on the same theme, I’d obviously go with the former, which is really the better choice of the two anyways if you’re collecting as a normal comic fan, since it marks the first appearance of the modern Deadshot costume (in his original appearance, he wore a top hat and tails, six shooters, and a domino mask. Not exactly the height of super villain fashion). The reflection of the Batman in Deadshot’s mask, plus the Batsignal in his eye piece, the awesome 70’s Detective Comics logo… you can even see the shot hitting Bats in the reflection. Definitely a cool looking cover that makes the villain look bad ass.

The second cover… not so much. It’s not bad or anything, but it’s way less intense. Deadshot’s entire mask looks off due to the attempt to create depth via shading of where his facial features would be, Batman’s sneaking up on him not taking a shot head on… sure, there’s the intrigue of Bruce Wayne being in the cross hairs, but as a art piece? It doesn’t work. Definitely not the best Jim Aparo artwork I’ve seen, that’s for sure. I don’t know what’s going on with the watery looking texture, but I sincerely hope it was photographed in the plastic the seller says it will be shipped in.

Both of these are priced so cheap that you really can’t go wrong either way. $14.99 for a nice collectors item and $1.99 for something that’s probably just a fun read.

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