After The suicide Squadtrailer dropped, fans were introduced to numerous of the DCEU’s much more distinct supervillains (Polka-Dot Man? Ratcatcher 2?), but one of the most compelling and interesting was King Shark. Well, get thrilled y’all because DC Comics announced that we’re getting a King Shark comic series! Besides the fact that he’s voiced by Sylvester Stallone for James Gunn’s The suicide Squad and has made appearances on HBO Max’s animated Harley Quinn series, not much else is known, so it’s exciting to finally have a series to get to know his background better. The first comic will drop later this year and will be titled Suicide Squad: King Shark #1.
What Can We expect From The King Shark Comic Series?
King Shark, also known as Nanaue, was first introduced as an antagonist to Connor Kent’s Superboy in 1994 and appeared sporadically in other comic series, facing off with Batman, the Flash, and Aquaman. According to DC’s September solicitations, this new series will look much more at King Shark’s relationship with his father, Kamo/Shark God, who we didn’t know much about in general. The solicitations series description says:
“On leave from the suicide Squad, King Shark and unfortunate tagalong the Defacer get swept into a mystical tournament for totemic animal spirits at the behest of King Shark’s father, the god of sharks! now King Shark should battle brutal warriors like Queen Tiger, King Roach, prince Nematode, Princess Peregrine, and the frightening man King to finally achieve his destiny and make his dour father proud!”
I’m personally very fascinated by Queen Tiger and terrified of King Roach (this is what new York living has done to me!). possibly we’ll also see appearances by the league of Super-Pets given that this seems like an animal-centric series? The story for suicide Squad: King Shark #1 will be written by Tim Seeley, with pencil and inks by Scott Kolins. even much more exciting? We have a cover (by Trevor Hairsine)! check it out below:
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suicide Squad: King Shark #1 cover/Image through DC Comics
It will be interesting to see where DC chooses this series in terms of King Shark’s characterization. As I had discussed in my earlier post asking who is King Shark, Nanaue was often portrayed as a hammerhead rather than a great white. given that the cover of Suicide Squad: King Shark #1 is very certainly the latter, it makes me wonder if the series will portray him as intelligent (such as in the HBO series) or dumbed down (as seen in Gunn’s film version, although this wouldn’t make for much of a comic series).
Suicide Squad: King Shark #1 will come out on September 21, 2021.
Are you looking forward to a King Shark comic series? Do you think King Shark will speak fully-formed sentences? let us know in the comments below!
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