The first "Villains Month" issue for Justice League of America features Deadshot. The 3D lenticular cover can be seen here. There are two creative teams that worked on this issue, Sami Basri, Keith Champagne, and Matt Milla worked on the present day sequences, and Carmen Carnero, Bit, and Jeromy Cox worked on the past sequences. This is nice because it gives the readers two perspectives and art styles to the title character. A lot of people aren't familiar with Deadshot, and this is a great story to read about his origin. Not to mention, the 3D lenticular cover wraps this issue nicely.
The story starts off with Deadshot (Floyd Lawton), looking at his account balance on his cell phone, and in an instant, it goes from zero to two million dollars. Once he sees this, Deadshot puts his head gear on and goes on his mission, all at the same time he wonders about his purpose in life. This is where the flashback sequence begins, and we see Floyd Lawton's parents having a conversation. During this conversation, Floyd narrates this origin sequence. Then he tells the readers about two gunmen who entered the apartment, looking for junkies, and shot a total of sixty bullets, twenty-three of which entered his apartment. Twelve of those bullets found his family, and Floyd was the only survivor. He wonders why his Mom, dad, and sister died that day and he came out unscathed. He memorized the faces of the gunmen, this is something he wouldn't forget. He went back to the apartment and found a gun in the junkies apartment, with a total of six bullets in it. So he took it, and started practicing his shooting techniques. He stayed focused, and mastered his shots.
Floyd always wondered why so many bullets were shot that day his family was killed. He saw this as careless, wasted, and he wasn't going to do this. He couldn't afford to waste bullets, he couldn't afford to. He would never waste any money. Because of his perfected shooting skills, he's impressed a lot of "kingpins," and started to get paid to become an assassin. And with this money, he was able to craft his own bullets.
The story flashes back to the present day, and the readers get to see Deadshot in action with one of his customized bullets. Then he receives a phone call from Amanda Waller, asking him to reassemble the Suicide Squad back, because she's trapped at Belle Reve. The story ends here, but will resume within the pages of Suicide Squad, starting with issue #24.
This issue was surprisingly good, and it's definitely worth picking up. For those readers who aren't familiar with Deadshot, this is definitely a great story to familiarize yourself with him. The two creative teams did an amazing job, and I give this issue four out of five stars. Justice League of America #7.1 is written by Matt Kindt, features artwork by Sami Basri, Keith Champagne, Carmen Carnero, and Bit, it's colored by Matt Milla and Jeromy Cox. Cover designed by Tony Daniel, Matt Banning, and Tomeu Morey. The standard 2D edition retails for $2.99 and the cover price for the 3D lenticular edition is $3.99, but due to the shortage of these versions, comic retailers and sellers on sites like eBay are up selling them. Check local comic shops and listings for pricing on these lenticular covers. Standard editions are also available on digital formats, on the days these issues are released.