A King Shark comic book series is hitting stores this fall!
After The suicide squad The dropped trailer, fans were introduced to many of the DCEU’s most unique supervillains (Polka-Dot Man? Ratcatcher 2?), but one of the most compelling and interesting was King Shark. Well get excited because DC Comics announced that we are getting a King Shark comic book series! Besides being voiced by Sylvester Stallone for James Gunn’s The suicide squad and has made appearances in the HBO Max animation Harley quinn series, we don’t know much else, so it’s exciting to finally have a series to learn more about your journey. The first comic will be released later this year and will be titled Suicide Squad: King Shark # 1.
What can we expect from the King Shark comic book series?
King Shark, also known as Nanaue, was first introduced as the antagonist of Connor Kent’s Superboy in 1994 and has appeared sporadically in other comic book series, facing off against Batman, The Flash, and Aquaman. According to DC’s September solicitations, this new series will take a closer look at King Shark’s relationship with his father, Kamo / shark god, which we generally didn’t know much about. The description of the solicitation series says:
“On leave from the Suicide Squad, King Shark and the hapless Tagalong the Defacer are drawn into a mystical tournament for totemic animal spirits at the behest of King Shark’s father, the shark god!” Now the Shark King must fight brutal warriors like the Tiger Queen, Cockroach King, Nematode Prince, Princess Peregrine and the terrifying Man King to finally achieve his destiny and make his father proud!
I am personally very intrigued by Queen Tiger and terrified of King Roach (this is what life in New York has done to me!). Maybe we’ll also see appearances from the League of Super-Pets given that it looks like an animal-centric series? The story for Suicide Squad: King Shark # 1 will be written by Tim Seeley, in pencil and inks by Scott Kolins. Even more exciting? We’ve got cover (by Trevor Hairsine)! Check it out below:
Suicide Squad: Cover / Image of King Shark # 1 via DC Comics
It will be interesting to see where DC goes with this series in terms of characterizing King Shark. As I mentioned in my previous post asking who the King Shark is, Nanaue was often portrayed as a hammer rather than a great white. Since the coverage of Suicide Squad: King Shark # 1 is very obviously the latter, I wonder if the show would describe him as clever (like in the HBO series) or moron (as seen in the movie version of Gunn, although that wouldn’t make much of a comedy series).
Suicide Squad: King Shark # 1 will be released on September 21, 2021.
Are you looking forward to a King Shark comic book series? Do you think King Shark will deliver fully formed sentences? Let us know in the comments below!
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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer who enjoys the Oxford comma, reading her endless stack of library books, and Reeses’ cups of peanut butter. She thanks her father for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably specialized in journalism thanks to Lois Lane.