We wanted to title this review “What do you mean who the fuck am I? I’m Peacemaker” but opted to be more PG. Kyle Starks brings it in full James Gunn spirit with the debut of Peacemaker Tries Hard #1 from DC Black Label.
Having earned his release from the Suicide Squad, Peacemaker wants to try and do normal superhero stuff for a change. Unfortunately everyone, including the bad guys, thinks he sucks at superhero stuff. But when busting up a terrorist ring introduces Christopher Smith to the cutest thing to ever walk (awkwardly) on four legs, he finds the unconditional love he’s been denied his whole life.
That is, until the dog is kidnapped right out from under him by a super-villain who has some very un-super-heroic plans for Peacemaker’s brand of ultraviolence. Will he help an infamously unstable super-powered criminal steal the world’s most valuable-and dangerous-DNA? Honestly, Christopher’s pretty lonely, so it probably just depends on how nicely they ask.
Writer Kyle Starks (I Hate This Place, Where Monsters Lie) and art legend Steve Pugh (Preacher Special: Saint of Killers, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) deliver a brutal and hilarious take on DC’s biggest P.O.S. that will bust guts, break bones, and melt hearts!
Kyle Starks has been known as an outstanding comedic comic writer, but more recently has focused on the horror genre with amazing books such as Where Monsters Lie and I Hate This Place. Kyle returns to his roots a bit with Peacemaker and knocked it out of the park. However, it’s not just a comedy book. The DC Black Label series is action packed with a great story that takes notes from The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker television series.
Along with Kyle’s spectacular writing, legend Steve Pugh nailed the artwork which pairs extremely well with the Peacemaker character and Starks’ story. We are excited to see where Pugh and Starks take this six-issue miniseries.
If you are a fan of the Gunn’s take on the Peacemaker character in The Suicide Squad and self-titled HBO Max series, Peacemaker Tries Hard is for you. The look, feel and story follow in the footsteps of the on-screen version of Christopher Smith.
Peacemaker Tries Hard #1 hit local comic shops on Tuesday, May 2 with the second issue of the miniseries set to hit shelves on June 6.