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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Reader's Diary #1815- Mike W. Barr (writer), Diogenes Neves (art): Suicide Squad Most Wanted Katana

I first noticed Katana in the Suicide Squad movie a couple of years back. I didn't really get a sense of the character that time around and have been curious ever since.

With the Mike W. Barr and Diogenes Neves trade based on the character (which was also published in 2016), I have a marginally better understanding, but also some new questions.

In this story about Katana's attempts to stop a fascist death cult from taking over the fictional country of Markovia, she comes across as an overly serious type, to the point of cheesy. Whenever she's asked who she is, she responds, "my name is that of my blade-- Katana." Still, she also seems to have a defined and personal moral code. And scenes where she interacts with a cat reveal a softer, more human side. The book also provides some insight into the character's mythology; particularly highlighting the souls trapped in her sword.

But that defined and personal moral code? It's defined in a way that would mostly only make sense to her. She's one of DC's anti-heroes and that's the part I'm still not entirely clear about. Several times she introduces herself in the book as being a member of the Justice League. So why, how she winds up with the criminal Suicide Squad gang, I'm unsure. This is not really a criticism of Barr and Neves, however, as they didn't need to get into all of that. I'm just saying that for a layman trying to get to know the character, the book is only moderately helpful.

I'd also be interested in hearing from women and from Japanese people about their impression of the character.


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